Can You Wash Bamboo Pillows (Useful Tips)

Can wash bamboo pillows?

Yes, you can wash a bamboo pillow preferably by hand. However, you should not wash them every day. Instead, let the pillow air out for a few hours every week to help dissipate the smell of bamboo.

Pillow experts recommend that your wash Bamboo pillow twice every year, but your pillowcase should be washed every week. When washing them use slightly warm water and a gentle detergent. Avoid bleach or detergents that contain bleach.

It is also necessary to use the gentle cycle on the washing machine.

Make a careful inspection of the pillowcase for any tears or holes. If there are any, repair them before placing it in the washing machine or beginning the washing.

How to Wash Bamboo Pillows

The following are exact steps for washing bamboo pillows:

1. Remove the Bamboo Pillowcase

Definitely, this initial step is rather easy and straightforward.

Just remove the pillowcase to leave the pillow separately.

After that, machine wash the pillowcase on a gentle cycle with warm water, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

If you wash your bamboo pillowcases in hot or cold water, they will most likely get damaged faster. 

As a result, only use a gently detergent and tepid water to wash the cases.

2. Air-Dry the Pillowcase

Once you’ve cleaned the bamboo pillowcases, we recommend that you avoid putting them your dryer.

Having that in mind, let the pillowcases to dry in a line (ideally on a drying rack).

Bamboo fabric will be able to dry better when air-dried and minimize damaged by the heat in the dryer.

You can just place the pillowcases on a drying rack and leave them in the sun until they are totally dry and smelling good again.

3. Wash the Actual Bamboo Pillow

After washing the pillowcase and leaving it to dry, now is the time to get your hands ready for the actual activity.

To begin, fill a sink or a basket halfway with lukewarm or tepid water (90-110 degrees Fahrenheit) and approximately 40 grams of your gentlest detergent.

To begin, fill a sink or a basket halfway with lukewarm or tepid water (90-110 degrees Fahrenheit) and approximately 40 grams of your gentlest detergent.

Mix it well.

After that, dip the pillows into the water mixture and begin squeezing the water and detergent into the pillow.

Keep repeating this process for a few minutes, or until the entire pillow has been completely saturated in the water and detergent.

4. Soak the Pillow for 10 Minutes

Soaking bamboo pillow is optional.

Some cleaning experts prefer to let their bamboo pillows to soak in detergent water, while others advise against doing so.

While we feel that soaking will make it more difficult for the cushion to dry later, we also believe that it may be beneficial in terms of deep removal of dirt.

In that case, let’s just consider soaking an optional step.

Nevertheless, if you believe that your pillows require a thorough cleaning, feel free to soak them in warm water mixed with the detergent. However, keep in mind that it will take twice as long for them to dry and that using too much detergent may cause bamboo fabric to become brittle.

5. Rinse the Pillow in Clean Water

Now that the pillow has had time to soak in the detergent, it’s time to rinse it well.

Ensure you use clean, warm water for rinsing.

Do this until all of the detergent from the pillow is rinsed out. If you don’t thoroughly rinse your bamboo pillow after washing it, the detergent left in it might damage the filling.

To avoid this, be sure to rinse at least 3 times with clean warm water, and squeeze as much detergent out as possible.

6. Dry the Bamboo Pillow

Make sure to hang your freshly cleaned pillows on the drying rack with the pillowcases that are currently drying.

If you don’t already have one, we recommend that you use a pillow drying hanging (which you can get on Amazon if you don’t already have one) and dry your pillow in the sunlight if at all feasible.

Check to see that the pillow is dry, and avoid exposing it to direct sunlight for an extended period of time, since this can also damage the memory foam.

You can dry the cushion indoors if the sun isn’t strong and you don’t have a drying rack.

Place it somewhere dry, and rotate it every so often to ensure that both sides dry equally.

To avoid moisture accumulation, wait until the pillow is totally dry before you resume using it. Wet bamboo    mold, which we don’t want to happen.

How Often Should I Wash My Bamboo Pillows?

Wash your bamboo pillowcase at least twice a year. This will help maintain the freshness of the pillow and minimize damage due to excessive washing.  If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, though, sleeping on a filthy pillow might worsen your skin and conditions.
In this scenario, we suggest washing the pillows every three months, for example. If the pillows appear to be dry, wash them straight away instead of waiting the suggested period.

When Should I Get A New Bamboo Pillow?

You should get a new bamboo pillow if you see obvious indentation or damage on it. You won’t be able to keep cleaning your bamboo pillows indefinitely, so you’ll have to buy new ones at some time.
Check to see whether only the pillowcase is damaged; if so, you’ll only need to replace the pillowcase rather than the pillow. This will save you money until you decide to replace the actual pillow.
Once the bamboo pillow is damaged, it may get uncomfortable and causes neck discomfort. This may be a sign that you should replace it.

Are Bamboo Pillows Machine-Washable?

Bamboo pillows are machine washable using warm water and a gentle detergent. Use a gentle cycle and do not dry in the machine. However, for better outcome and longevity, it is recommended that you hand-wash you bamboo pillows.

How Do You Store Bamboo Pillows?

To properly store bamboo pillows:
Store them in a cool place because heat damages bamboo fiber leading to short lifespan.
Do not store bamboo products in closets.
Do not store them in plastic bags because moisture could build up inside them.