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How to Wash Pillows in Washing Machine

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Are your pillows discolored and lumpy? Can you save your pillows and make them look new again? Try our machine washing machine and dryer method. 

Using this method, you can wash your pillows and make them fluffy again using minimal products. Clean your pillows on the outside and inside, right down to the fluff. Remove years of stains and discoloration in one wash! 

There are so many different types of pillows. Before you begin, read the label on your pillow and make sure it is machine washable and dryer safe. 

And if you wonder why someone doesn’t just get a new pillow, instead of washing it, consider how emotionally attached people get to their pillows. It’s the one bedding item that’s usually not shared. It’s the right height, feel and has years of memories. 

Why mess with just right?

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How To Wash Pillows

To wash your pillow, you will need OxiClean stain remover, an Arm and Hammer Pod, and wool dryer balls. You can also use tennis balls but they have material like plastic instead of natural wool.

How To Prep A Pillow For The Washing Machine

Take your old pillow and evenly spray it with OxiClean. You can add extra to specific spots as well. Put the pillow in the washing machine and add the Arm and Hammer pod. 

Note: we have an LG washing machine without an agitator in the middle (love it). It automatically adjusts for the size of load you’re washing so you don’t waste water and it adjusts the time. It’s much faster than our older LG. 

The pillow was very dirty and it looks like it has sweat stains and pee stains. You’ll see that this method got it so clean, even though the pillow is quite old.

Most people wonder why wash a pillow this old and stained. It’s probably time for a new pillow. And yet people get VERY attached to their pillows. It’s one of the few bedding items that people don’t typically share with someone else. Pillows can be nostalgic and hold memories. They may be just the way you want and you don’t want to change.

Here’s the full video on how to wash pillows, so you can see the process. Or continue reading below.

Washing Machine Settings:

Heavy Duty

Extra High Spin

Warm Water

Heavy Soil

Extra Rinse

This will wash for about two hours, so you may want to time this accordingly with the rest of your day. If you plan to wash multiple pillows, start early. You can also utilize a laundromat where they have higher capacity washer and dryers to fit multiple pillows at one time. 

How often should you wash your pillows? Usually once or twice a year. Ideally you have a waterproof pillow protector and wash it. This is my favorite one: Coop pillow protector. It’s such high quality, thicker and noiseless (waterproof too). It will help you pillows last much longer.

How To Dry Pillows

The best way to get the fluff back into your pillow is by using a dryer. It allows for thorough, even drying and even fluffing. You will need to add two dryer balls along with the pillow. 

Dryer Settings:

Delicates

Low Temp

More Dry

If you do not have access to a dryer, you can hang dry your pillow. If you choose to hang dry, make sure you fluff the pillow several times while it is drying. 

How To Keep Your Pillow Clean

Once your pillow is clean and rejuvenated, we highly suggest purchasing a pillow protector like this one. The Coop pillow protector is waterproof and unzips so you can throw it in the washing machine. It is much easier to clean a protector than a pillow. These protectors are also noise free, unlike other nylon covers. Clean and maintain your pillow every couple of months. 

We saw significant results using this method. Our pillows look new again and the amount of fluff that was restored was very impressive. 

When To Replace Your Pillow

If you try this method with one of your pillows and you find that it is beyond saving, it may be time to purchase a new pillow. We highly recommend the Coop Original or Eden Pillow.

Why The Coop Pillow?

The Coop Pillow has a zipper on the inside and outside cover, so removing the cover and washing it is easy. You can also add or remove foam based on your comfort and preference. This pillow even comes with an extra half pound of foam. There’s the Coop Eden or Coop Original Pillow. They both come in queen and king size but only the Eden comes in standard.

Not sure which pillow to get? This chart can help you choose:

Coop Eden Vs Original Pillow

Both have a 100 night sleep trial and a 5 year warranty. Does your pillow have a 5 year warranty? I didn’t think so. It’s great that you have 100 nights to try out the pillows in your own bed and can return them for a full refund within 100 days if you don’t want to keep it. But we’re not sure why you wouldn’t. 

We want to hear your thoughts! Did you try our method? How did your pillows turn out? Comment below!

Presidents Day Pillow, Sheets and Sleep Related Sales

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Presidents Day is one of the top weekends to purchase things you need for your bed because pillows, sheets and frames are on sale for this holiday. Save some money and shop while you’re (hopefully) off work. The sales start before the holiday and many extend a few days following. But don’t put it off, you don’t want to miss the great prices!

Here are the top Presidents Day deals for you. Listed with the best first. We may earn a commission when you shop through our link and you may get better sleep.

Brooklyn Bedding has my favorite shredded memory foam pillows on sale for $30. Had mine for years and it’s still amazing! I’ve given them as gifts. So stock up! They’re far better quality than other pillows we’ve tested at this price point.

Presidents Day 2021 Sales on Pillow, Sheets and Bed Frames

Luma Sleep

50% off The Adjustable Bed base with the purchase of a Luma Mattress! Use code “BogoBed” and 20% off everything else.

Luma Sleep | Customizable Hybrid Mattresses

Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast specializes in dreamy pillows that are hypoallergenic and last forever. I first learned about the brand after staying at a hotel that had them. I took off the pillow case and got one for home, as soon as possible. Years later, our Pacific Coast Double Downaround pillow is as good as new still!

Presidents Day Sale – Take 25% Off All Orders at Pacific Coast. No Code Needed, Offer Valid until February 15, 2021.

Pacific Coast Feather Best Pillow 230 Thread Count Resilia Feathers Machine Wash & Dry - King

Standard Textile Home

Classic, higher end sheets and textiles, since 1940. I LOVE their Circa bed wrap that takes the place of a bed skirt of dust ruffle to give your bed a more finished, modern look.

20% OFF President’s Day Sale

The ENTIRE site will be 20% OFF from 2/12/2021 to 2/16/2021

Use Promo Code: PRES20

SlumberCloud

If you’re looking for temperature regulating tech in your sheets, duvets, pillow cases in silk and flannel, throw blanket, pajamas, quilts, blankets and other linens check out SlumberCloud. The fabric was used by NASA to regulate astronauts body temperature while in space. I have and love their comforter.

BLANKETS 20% OFF | COVERS 15% OFF | SHEETS ETC. *10% OFF. Shop now to receive free shipping and a free 60-night trial on all U.S. orders.

Save 50% on Sleep Relaxation CBD Cream

Slumber Cloud logo with woman reading in bed made with Stratus Sheets, Cirrus Pillows, and Stratus Duvet Cover.

Buffy

If you’re into natural dyes, hemp linen sheets or a comforter made of eucalyptus, Buffy is the best! They’re known for their comforters but what you need to know about their comforters is, if you sleep cold, get the Cloud. If you sleep warm, get the Breeze. You’ll thank us later.

15% Off Everything
Buffy comforter presidents day sale

Jane.com

While Jane.com is not the usual place we think of to buy bed frames online, they do!

Was $599.00 – Now $299.99 – Wood Queen Spindle Bed Frame (1/28 to 2/27)

Jane.com platform bed frame dealThe Futon Shop

20% OFF Wood Futon Frames and Platform Beds

weighted eye mask

New Weighted Reversible Eye Mask from Yogasleep

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Reversible Weighted Eye Mask

Today Yogasleep announced a NEW product – a reversible Weighted Eye Mask. There’s weighted blankets for laps and bodies and weighted eye masks for eyes. They’re perfect for naps, meditation, and spa days at home!

Strap on the mask and feel stress dissipate as the weight gently fills the contour of your face. Of course it’s ideal for sleep too since it effectively blocks out all light. It’s a must-have for travel or even to have in your desk drawer to pull out for quick relaxation. Bring your Weighted Eye Mask with you wherever you go to alleviate stress, get deep sleep, and help relieve tension!

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Take me to the Weighted Eye Mask!

  • Filled with 10 oz of hypallergenic glass beads, determined by their engineering team who did consumer testing to find the ideal weight to suit all comfort preferences.
  • Extra-wide bands reduce pressure on sensitive areas of the face while staying in place, even while sitting and side sleeping.
  • Unique, reversible double-sided mask – cooling black polyester on one side and plush grey velour on the other.


One of the biggest problems with an eye mask is for it to stay in place. It’s not relaxing to continually adjust a mask. The hook and loop band stays in place while tossing and turning, traveling in an airplane, car, or napping in your favorite chair. And you can adjust it to fit your head.

Blocks Light: Conforms to your face to block out all light that may disrupt your sleep; great for travel and for use on a plane, train, or while commuting.

Stress-Reliever: Provides gentle and evenly distributed pressure on eyes using pressure point therapy to ease stress and may help alleviate headaches.

Price: a reasonable $19.99 and we hear at that price with these features, it’s been a customer favorite from the start!

Cooling pajamas

Slumber Cloud’s New STAY COOL Sleepwear Come with a 60 Day Sleep Trial

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  • Slumber Cloud just introduced new cooling pajamas which releases water vapor 60% better than cotton
  • Made with newly developed Nattcool™ technology which is softer than silk, cooler than linen, and better moisture management than cotton 
  • Designed to be paired with Slumber Cloud bedding which is engineered to be temperature regulating
  • Created to help you stop worrying about overheating or night sweats (even during warmer summer nights)

Slumber CloudNew Slumber Cloud Cooling Pajamas

Slumber Cloud, the company that has space age comforters and bedding that’s designed to regulate body temperature, recently introduced a new line of pajamas for men and women. The company partnered with Dagsmejan, the sleepwear start-up from Switzerland, to launch the new STAY COOL Sleepwear product line with Slumber Cloud.

Cooling pajama tops

The new featherlight summer pajamas keep you cool with newly developed Nattcool™ technology which has natural eucalyptus fibers. Extremely soft and luxurious to the touch, Nattcool also helps you to cool you down through gradual moisture evaporation and keeps you dry through exceptional moisture transport.

The high tech material is 8x more breathable than cotton.

Ideal for travel too because the sleepwear line dries in 1/3 of the time of cotton. Tagless design with flat, ergonomically placed seams. Machine washable.

Available in women’s and men’s sizes – from size small to XL. Right now women’s sizes come in sky blue color and men’s are available in navy blue.

Women’s tops are v neck style and the men’s has a rounded neck. Although the women’s top is shown in one photo as sleeveless, it does have a sleeve.

You can purchase each piece separately. We may earn a commission when you shop through our links.

I’m Tired of Sleeping Sweaty!!

Slumber Cloud logo along with image of bed made with Stratus Sheets, Stratus Duvet Cover and Cirrus Pillow while legs rest against the bed.

60 Day Sleep Trial

Unlike most pajamas (but just like Slumber Cloud’s other cooling sleep products), you can try out the new Slumber Cloud pajamas in your home for up to 60 days. Yes, these pajamas come with a 60 day sleep trial! That means if you’re not pleased with your purchase you have 60 days to return them for a full refund.

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New Casper Glow Light Uses Tech to Help you Sleep

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We know Casper for their #1 Consumer Reports rated mattress but they have a bigger dream in mind than just selling beds. They are coming up with new tech to help you sleep and the Casper Glow Light is their first sleep tech product. It’s called The Glow Light and it’s a nightlight that helps you sleep.

Sleep research and marketing has always been at the front of what Casper does, but unlike Eight or other high tech solutions, Casper keeps their tech simple. They use the data they gather from customer research to develop elegant products that do a few things very well.

The company Airbnb’d a large Victorian house in San Francisco to conduct sleep experiments to see how technology could help improve sleep. Just like the sun gradually gets dim or lighter when it’s time to sleep or wake up, light changes and affects us. The process of light changing triggers reactions that either wake or make us sleepy, like the release of melatonin to signal it’s time to fall asleep.

This video shows you how Glow works.

 

Casper Glow Nightlight

The new Casper Glow does more than just glow, yet it also draws a line at not being fussy or complex. Glow won’t track your sleep, record your snoring or give you any data. It doesn’t connect to your Alexa or anything really. Rather it aims to help you fall asleep and wake up.

Put simply, the Glow gradually dims at night to help you fall asleep, and then gradually gets brighter when it’s time to wake up. It has sensors that react to the light in the room.

Light is key to sleep and Glow helps you set the light in your room. I already have a Phillips Hue light in my room that I can dim or brighten without having to wire anything. I like that you can set and forget it or use the manual controls.

Glow is small and cordless. It’s a little like a lantern that you can take with you when you get up to go to the bathroom or check on the kids (something you can’t do with your lamp).

Who Will Love The Glow Light?

For me, I’d set the light to fade up until bedtime as a signal that it’s time to turn everything off, stop talking and go to sleep. In the morning, the sun usually wakes me up but during the darker winter months it could gently wake you.

Set Glow between 15 minutes and 1.5 hours through the app, or use the simple actions to operate it without the app.  In fact, you touch or rotate Glow to dim or brighten the light or use the app to turn it on/off.

I’d use the Glow on vacations because it’s lightweight, easy to carry and doesn’t take up a lot of space. At just over 5 inches tall it fits in your hand but a handle to make bringing it places easier. I’d take Glow camping and yes, put one on my nightstand for its minimalistic design and the quality of the light.

For kids, the selling point is how you don’t have to read anything, press any buttons or do anything confusing. Operate it with touch – simple! It could make an effective gentle alarm clock if your kids wake up with light.

Older adults who have trouble reading at night or operating buttons or grasping something small could operate the Glow intuitively.

If space is limited or you like an uncluttered bedroom, it will fit on a small nightstand.

The Casper Glow Cost

The Casper Glow costs $129 for a single light, $229 for a pair. The price actually went up by quite a bit from launch, but it doesn’t seem to deter customers.

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Glow Trial and Warranty

You have up to 30 days to try Glow and it has a 6-month limited warranty.

Specs:

  • Wireless (battery operated) with the option of plugging it into a wall or into the wireless charging station
  • Portable and lightweight – weighs under 1 lb
  • Minimalist design – 5.25 inches tall with a base
  • LED lighting with a 36x warm white LED array and 12x accent LEDs in amber
  • Apple and Android app for scheduling
  • Ability to group Glows or operate them independently
  • Touch control via app or shake, rotate or otherwise operate it
  • Battery life, said to be several days on a charge or 7 continuous hours

What’s next?
At the Vegas furniture show a few years ago, I was wowed by Reverie’s display that had speakers built into the headboard that can only be heard by you. Casper is working on something with music/sound. Besides light, temperature is another big factor in sleep.

Casper is said to be working on concepts such as…

  • Weighted pillows that you can warm up
  • A diffuser to give the right scents to relax and help you fall asleep
  • A heated foot pad

What do you think of Casper Glow?