Pillows are used nightly and serve as an absorbent of slobber and scalp oils in the process. Taking this nightly build-up of bodily excretions into account, it should come as no surprise when pillows begin to smell.
Although freshening the pillow may appear to be a lost cause, there exist several household solutions for deodorizing pillows. By applying some of the below solutions, you can effectively remove the pillow stench and have it smelling like new.
As fast solution for lighter odors, the smelly pillow and fabric softener sheets can be be placed within the dryer. For best results, place at least 4-6 fabric softening sheets in within the dryer and run on the lightest setting for 20-30 minutes. This solution only works with synthetic and is not recommended for feather pillows.
As another solution for minor odors, baking soda can be sprinkle within the pillow case. To perform this solution, measure a quarter cup f baking soda and lightly sprinkle the ingredients into the pillow case on both sides. Proceed to shut the opening of the pillow cases and give it a good shake to evenly disperse the deodorizing powder through the inside of the pillow. Performing this task once a week should have a freshening effect of the underlying pillow.
This solution works by applying active enzymes that eat through much of the odorous organics embedded within your pillow. Begin this solution by removing the pillowcase and proceeding to spray down the pillow with enzyme cleaning spray from all directions. Finish by taking the pillow outside and hanging it within direct sunlight until it is completely dried.
Check your pillow's tag to see if it can be placed within the machine machine and dryer. If it is synthetic, there is a good chance that you will be able to put the pillow through an entire laundry cycle. Although regular detergent will work, it may be a good idea to run the use a specialty detergent that is engineered to specifically combat odors. Be sure to follow the limitations set by the pillow's tag as they can often require delicate washer and dryer settings.
If the pillow is more than a year old, you may want to consider just buying a new one. Pillows are rather inexpensive and are an item that you use nightly. A ten dollar purchase of a new pillow may be an investment that will pay off in the end.
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