Can You Wash Bamboo Pillows? Guide To Cleaning Your Bamboo Pillow

by Alyse Kaitlyn

Despite the efforts to safeguard your sleeping pillow using protective pillowcases, the chances are that there are many allergens accumulated inside if the pillowcase is not washed regularly. The fact that some fabrics such as bamboo are less susceptible to these nuisances than others such as cotton doesn’t necessarily suggest that they don’t require proper cleaning. 

But can you wash bamboo pillows? Yes, however, there are numerous things to learn before cleaning your bamboo pillow. Let’s dive in.

Are Bamboo Pillows Machine Washable?

Partly. Even though most bamboo pillows use a removable cover made of bamboo fabric, which is indeed machine washable, their fillings are usually different and require proper care. For instance, our very own bamboo pillows have a removable bamboo fabric cover and memory foam as filling, which is not machine washable.

The Bamboo Cover Is Removable and Is Machine Washable

While you can clean the memory foam once every three months, it’s recommended to wash your bamboo pillow cover every three weeks to prevent dust mites or bed bugs from entering the deeper layers and multiplying. For best results, follow these simple yet useful steps:

  • The first step towards cleaning your pillow cover without causing any damage is to avoid colour transfer by separating it from fabrics with dark colours.
  • To avoid friction with harsh fabrics, make sure to wash it separately from thick towels, coarse cloth, or any clothes with zippers. If possible, wash it alongside a load of delicates, preferably other bedding-like fabrics such as sheets or pillowcases.
  • Use either lukewarm or cold water on a gentle cycle because high temperatures can scorch bamboo fibres, leading to discoloration or yellowing. Combine this with a liquid, mild or gentle detergent to avoid any allergens such as preservatives, enzymes, parabens, or emulsifiers. 
  • Use an extra rinse cycle to be absolutely certain that all these irritants are washed away.

Do note, though, that you always need to look at the washing instructions your specific pillow comes with as not all manufacturers recommend machine washing.

The Memory Foam Filling Is Not Washing Machine-Friendly

Most bamboo pillows have either solid or shredded memory foam fillings. However, no matter the form, memory foam pillows can lose their shape or become damaged due to their delicate, sponge-like structure, which is exactly why we recommend hand-washing the pillows.

  • The best way to wash a memory foam pillow is to submerge it in a tub or hand-wash basin filled with either cold or lukewarm water mixed with gentle detergent.
  • Make sure not to add too much detergent as this might complicate the rinsing process afterward. 
  • Once the pillow has fully absorbed the bubbly water, gently rub it with circular motions using a soft cloth.
  • After cleaning the evident dirty spots, allow the filling to soak in the solution for a few minutes in order to absorb the pleasant aroma from your detergent.
  • Keep in mind to not leave it to soak for more than ten to fifteen minutes, as this might make it more challenging for you to fully dry the entire filing. If the pillow isn’t completely dry for longer periods of time, mold can start growing and deteriorate the whole structure as well as pose health problems.
  • Before you begin the drying process, rinse your pillow with lukewarm or warm water to make sure there’s no detergent in the pillow. 
  • The last step is to squeeze the pillow gently but thoroughly. Make sure you remove as much moisture as possible.

Can You Dry Bamboo Pillows in the Dryer?

No. As was the case with washing bamboo pillows in washing machines, a hot setting in your dryer can cause the memory foam to deteriorate. This is why you want to avoid drying your pillow filling in a machine and try an alternative option — letting the pillow air dry.

  • Once the excess moisture is gone, simply let the pillow rest on a clean, flat surface in a well-ventilated area. In case there is direct sunlight on the pillow, flip it every now and then to prevent any damage.
  • Make sure to put the bamboo cover back on once your pillow filling is completely dry to avoid any mildew or mould growth.

What About the Bamboo Cover?

Even though you can certainly use the dryer, we recommend air drying if you want to prolong the life of your removable cover. This is mostly because excessive heat can cause permanent damage to the bamboo fibres, either shrinking your cover or causing discoloration.

  • To dry your bamboo cover properly, leave it on a drying rack for a day or two before putting it back on the memory foam filling.

How to Keep a Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow in Tip-Top Shape?

In order to keep your pillow in tip-top shape for a longer period of time and save some money, follow the useful tips below.

Use a Bamboo Pillowcase

Using a pillowcase on top of your cover can certainly prolong the lifespan of your pillow as it will safeguard the cover not only from bodily oils but also dust mites. Wash the pillowcase at least once a week for the best results.

Keep It Dry

Dust mites thrive in humid environments, making it an uphill battle for you to entirely get rid of these microscopic arthropods when there is moisture within your pillow. To avoid such annoyances, fully dry your hair before going to sleep or, if you tend to sweat while you sleep, make sure to air dry your pillowcase the next morning.

Dust Regularly

Dusting is yet another important part when it comes to keeping dust mites and bed bugs away from your bedding. Dust off your pillow regularly to prevent any bug infestations due to your dead skin cells.

Store Them Properly

When storing your bedding, make sure to put your pillow in a plastic bag before placing it in its original package bag. This will prevent moisture from causing mould growth and keep it safe from dust and dirt accumulation. Another key consideration is to wash and completely dry the entire pillow before storing it.

Final Takeaway

It is common that things last when you take care of them, so follow our care instructions to prolong your bamboo pillow’s lifespan and prevent health hazards. When washing the bamboo cover, make sure to use a delicate cycle in your washing machine with mild detergent and lukewarm water. On the other hand, the memory foam needs to be hand-washed with lukewarm to warm water and a gentle detergent.