How to wash pillows

Howdy peeps! I’ve ONE question to ask – Do you WASH your pillows? 

The weather is extremely hot these days, well at least to ME it IS hot! I sweat each time I take my afternoon nap and sometimes at nights too (even with the air-cond switched ON). Was joking with Darling that I’m experiencing menopause already! >_<


I do wash our pillows periodically. The thing is, I can only fit in ONE pillow at a time in my washing machine. So you can imagine how many cycles I have to do to wash ALL our pillows and bolsters. Darling forbids me to wash them all in a day as he is afraid the washing machine might EXPLODE!!

My pillow is usually the nicer ones while Darling’s and Ethan’s might have a little ‘map’ on it! That’s why I make sure I wash not only the bedsheets and pillow case but the pillows as well! 

What about you? Do you wash your pillows and if you do, do you do it like I do? One at a time? Or do you just buy a new one? 

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    I heard we need to use hot water to wash our pillows to dust mites without the need for bleach or other chemicals but I prefer using Vanish :)

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      You know something? I’ve never tried Vanish before… I wonder if they are really good?

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    Can kah? I would just sun them…

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      Last time my mother taught me to just sun them oso but dunno why I prefer to wash them.. smells better :D

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    We live in a condo where it’s difficult to get direct sunlight. I’d love to wash my pillows but no, not viable in our case. So I just sun them on days when the sun is bright and scorching hot. Love the smell of the sun on the pillows after that :)

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      Yes, the thing about living in a condo is the difficulty in getting direct sunlight (depending on where your balcony is facing).

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    We don’t really wash. You hang them to dry or “sterilize” under the hot blazing sun. :D

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      When I was younger my mom would ‘sterilize’ my mattress under the hot blazing sun after I wet them. Malu nyer :(

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    I bawak to dobi.. or throw and change new ones…

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      I’ve never sent anything to dobi before. Even my curtains I sendiri basuh :D

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    My mom just place them under the sun? just wash the pillow cover that’s all…..

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      I think my mom does the same too :)

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    lol nightmare isit? why with air cond also sweat? anyway i wash once with my own hand! soak with water became super heavy! LOL

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      Wah lau son! How can you hand wash your pillow? How to squeeze them dry? Sure kenot dry like that??! @_@

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    I don’t wash my pillows scare it will get out of shape..we follow our grand mother’s practice just put them under the bright hot sun and beat it up a little to get rid of the dust..:D

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      My old pillows oso can’t wash. But I’ve gotten rid of them. My newer ones are washable so it’s okay, they still retain their shape :D

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    yes due to size of washing machine, I only able to wash one pillow at time.

    But now I found a self service laundry near my house. Operating from 7am till 12am. I think can give it a try to wash all my pillows in one go. What the best is the shop provide dryer too, so from wet, wash and dry it can be done fast hor.

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      That’s so cool Vicky. The laundry place has bigger machines right?

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    My mom takes out all the cotton and wash the cotton and pillow case separately.

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      Alamak.. like that I lazy. Have to stuff them back inside and sew again…

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    My gosh…I din know we can wash our pillow in the washing machine! haha….. I only sun them.

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      Haha mnhl,

      I’ve only started washing my pillows after I got married. Before that it was just putting them out in the sun :)

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    oh yes….our pillows also have lotsa maps ! haha

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      Ahhh… lol! Good tool to teach the lil ones geography eh?! No need to buy globe! Hahahahaha!

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    hahaha use Febreeze! :p

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      Aiseh Febreeze pulaks! I use it for my mattress though :)

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    i will only sun them..but i will wash blankets

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      Oh blankets of coz must wash, otherwise can pengsan after some time!

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    errr, this thing has never come across my mind before at all!!! washing the pillow covers on a weekly basis lah, but never wash my pillows before.. old already dump away and get new one.. errr, not environmentally friendly hor?? :p

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      YOu very kaya lah and YES, not environment friendly but at the rate of me washing ONE pillow at a time, I oso dunno if I’m wasting too much water? :(

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    Opps, sorry to say I don’t wash my pillow, haha xD I only sun dry them regularly.

    Yea I know how tiring it is to wash the pillow one by one >.<

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    i usually just “sunbathe” them under the sun. Never wash them. hmm, maybe I can try wash them in washing machine like how you do it.

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    Can wash kah? Thought saw advert use something that sprays ahaha

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    Wah! Dump the pillow into the washing machine? I also scared it will explode! hahaha!

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    No need to wash lah the pillows. Just wash the pillow case good enough. Then if pillows get really really dirty, throw and buy a new one! :D

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    Hmmm…I am using memory foam pillow.Hmmm I wondering what kind of shape will turn into after taking out from the washing machine.

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