Can You Wash a Bamboo Pillow?
After a long day we want to pamper ourselves with the best sheets and pillows our money can buy. There are many reasons that bamboo pillows feel so luxurious. For example, the fibers of the bamboo plant are hollow, and the small gaps and holes in bamboo fibers absorb moisture, keeping us dry at night. These fibers also allow hot air to escape so we can have a deeper, more restful sleep. Finally, bamboo is better at keeping our heads cool and dry than other materials and is known for being both incredibly soft and static-free.
One top of being luxurious bamboo pillows are also eco-friendly. Bamboo has many advantages over other traditional pillow fabric and fill materials, growing incredibly fast and being able to self-regenerate. In addition, the process of growing and harvesting bamboo is more sustainable than other textile crops like cotton, which require large amounts of water, fertilizers, and pesticides.
Once we have invested in a bamboo pillow, we might ask questions such as how we can wash our bamboo pillows? In this case we will be glad to hear that the process of cleaning our pillows is easy even if we must put in a bit more time and energy than we might for our traditional pillows. It is important to remember how often we really wash our pillows and not just the pillowcases, and how in the end the extra effort needed to wash our bamboo pillows will not inconvenience us at all.
Wash the Pillowcase
Just like you would with any pillow the first step is to start by washing your pillowcase. Our Seek Bamboo pillowcase can be removed easily. Once the case is off you can simply place it in the washing machine on a gentle, cold-water cycle or hand wash using cold or lukewarm water and mild detergent. The care for the pillowcase is not much different from how you would wash any pillowcase you have. Once the case is all nice and clean you can move on to washing the pillow itself.
Hand Wash the Bamboo Pillow
Washing the pillow itself takes a bit of extra care in order that we make sure the memory foam inside does not break down. We want our bamboo pillows to continue to provide great neck, back, and shoulder support instead of becoming a lumpy, bumpy, mess that makes it harder for us to fall asleep and stay asleep. Like all high-quality products, we must be a bit more meticulous on how we care for our bamboo pillow than some other products if we want it to enjoy them long into the future. Don’t let this stress you out, bamboo pillows are easy to clean, they just need a bit more preparation than simply throwing them into a washing machine.
In order to wash bamboo pillows, you need to fill a sink or tub with lukewarm water and grab a mild detergent that does not contain bleach. Place your pillow in the water and wait until it gets completely wet. Once the pillow is wet, grab a small amount of your detergent and gently squeeze the pillow, rubbing in the detergent so it can get deep into your pillow. Do this for a couple of minutes until you are sure the detergent went through the whole pillow. Finally squeeze out the pillow thoroughly until there is no more detergent left in it. Your bamboo pillow is now clean and all that is left to do is to dry your pillow.
Drying Your Bamboo Pillow
Do not dry your bamboo pillow in a dryer because the high temperature in a dryer can melt the foam and cause your pillow to crumble inside. Instead, you should let your bamboo pillow air dry in the sun either using a specially designed hanger for pillows or placing it on a flat surface with the clean white towel beneath, turning the pillow to the other side from time to time to make sure it dries completely. Even though bamboo has natural anti-microbial properties make sure your bamboo pillow is completely dry before you use it because even a little bit of dampness may cause the appearance of mildew which is something no one enjoys.
Enjoying Your Clean Bamboo Pillow
Once you have washed your pillow cover and pillow and allowed your pillow to dry you are ready to throw your pillow back on your bed and enjoy. Cleaning your bamboo pillow is a simple 3 step process that means you can rest assured that you will be able to continue to have a great night's sleep. With a bit of effort, you can enjoy your pillows today and tomorrow. Make sure you check out all of our zero waste blogs and visit our all of our sustainable household for all of the latest plastic-free products.