Tips on How To Care For Your Pregnancy Pillow
Updated: Sep 11, 2022
If you have a pregnancy pillow, there is no doubt that you love it and want to take good care of it.
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The first piece of advice in caring for your pregnancy pillow is to buy a pillow case for it. This will minimize how dirty your pillow gets and it will last you a good amount of time.
As far as the pillow case, it should be washed every couple of weeks. If you need a pillow case for your pillow, check out our reviews for the best U-Shaped pillow cases, C-Shaped pillow cases, and Full Long Body Pillow Cases.
The frequency of washing your pregnancy pillow varies with the type of material it is made out of, the usage, and if you have a case/cover on it.
You should follow the manufacture's recommendations, but if there is none, then below are some recommendations.
Machine Washing the Pillow
Make sure your pillow will fit properly in your washer and dryer.
Press the air out as much as you can before putting it in the machine.
Make sure your washer is balanced if the washer has an agitator. You don't want the pillow to be mainly on one side of the washer.
Use a gentle detergent, preferably scent free. Here are some good options: Tide Free & Gentle - Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin - All Free & Clear - Seventh Generation Free & Clear
If the pillow is smelly, add 1/2 a cup of baking soda in the washer along with the laundry detergent. If the pillow is moldy, musty, or has mildew, add a cup of vinegar with the laundry detergent.
Use warm water on a gentle wash.
Set the washer to a second spin cycle to get as mush of the moisture out. This reduces the chance of mold.
Drying the Pillow
When you are ready to put the pillow in the dryer, grab two long, white socks and two tennis balls. Put each tennis ball in it's own sock and tie the sock to secure the ball. (The reason for putting the tennis balls in the white socks it to prevent the smell of the tennis balls, and the yellow neon color to get onto your pillow.)
Put the tied up socks with the tennis balls in the dryer along with your pillow to help beat any extra moisture out of the pillow.
Set on low heat and long cycle.
Once the cycle is done, make sure there is no moisture left, and that the pillow is completely dried. If it is not, put it back in for one more cycle. Once your pillow is completely dried you are done, and good to go!
If you Can't wash the pillow follow the following tips:
Spray the pillow with some vinegar
Then sprinkle the surface with baking soda and let it sit for a few hours to absorb smells.
Brush the pillow with a small brush or rub with your hand if you do not have a small brush.
Let it sit for a few hours to absorb the smells.
Vacuum the dried baking soda of off your pillow.
To remove a stain:
Spray the stain with vinegar
Sprinkle baking soda and rub it in to make a paste
Let it sit for a few hours to allow the stain to lift
In a small bowl, mix some warm water with a little dish washing soap
Wet the rag in the warm, soapy water, and wring out to extract the extra water
Use the damp rag to gently rub and blot out the stain while cleaning up the paste (the stain should come up with the paste)
If the stain is not completely gone repeat the process.
Pillows do have a life cycle. Experts recommend to wash pillows every three months, and replace them all together every two years.
In time your pillow will double in weight due to the collection of dust, skin cells, allergens, bacteria and perspiration, among other things.
There is a quick test you can do to figure out if it is time to replace your pillow. Fold your pillow in half, if it won't spring back, it is time to replace it.
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Note: You can find more information about healthy pregnancies at the American Pregnancy Association:www.americanpregnancy.org