washing-pillowsImagine this scenario, you are pregnant and you are having sleepless nights. So bad are these sleepless nights that everyone around you is bothered. The medications, exercise, extra regular pillows, and sleeping techniques are just not doing enough to help your condition. Then you decide to take it upon yourself to find solutions to your sleeplessness and BOOM, you learn about pregnancy pillows. You buy them; start to use them and things were OK only for a while. Two three months tops and you are back to sleeplessness again.

If that is your story or similar to yours, then I have a quick question for you; do you ever wash your regular pillows? What about your pregnancy pillows? If you have never ever done that, then you just might have found the reason for your sleepless nights.

Generally, one tenth of most pillows are made of dust mites and dust mite droppings (Yuck, right?). These mites are microscopic bugs that can cause allergies and sleeplessness, which can be avoided if you follow the tips I carefully laid out for you on how to clean/wash your pregnancy pillows.

Tips on how to wash pregnancy pillow of different materials

The technique used for washing pregnancy pillows differs just like the materials used in making them. Also, the techniques for hand washing your pregnancy pillow is also different from machine wash.

Polyester Pregnancy Pillow


First of all, read the tag on your polyester pregnancy pillow for professional guidelines on how best to wash it. Basically, polyester pregnancy pillows do not need to be washed with or soaked in bleach. It is better to use dish washing liquid to brighten white polyester materials and gentle detergents for colored polyester materials.


  • Remove the pillow case
  • Add very light detergent to some warm water in a sizable basin. Make sure the detergent is not too harsh to avoid damaging the polyester material of your pregnancy pillow
  • Soak the pillow in the warm water for at least two hours and at most overnight.
  • Wash gently
  • Rinse in clean cold water
  • Dry by air or with a drying machine

Machine Wash

Machine wash is usually best for polyester pillows that have some oil based stains on them or age long discoloration.

  • Choose a permanent press cycle. This cools the pregnancy pillow before the spin cycle and reduces the chance of damage.
  • Add a gentle detergent to warm water. Avoid detergents that are too harsh. The use of warm water would ensure the durability of the polyester material.
  • Pour in some fabric softener to avoid static cling while you rise the pillow thoroughly
  • Dry by air or with a drying machine

Microbeads Pregnancy Pillow


In cleaning micro beads pregnancy pillows, “delicacy” is the watchword. As a matter of fact, it is best to hand wash or spot clean micro bead pregnancy pillows as that would guarantee its safety and durability. Machine wash is only advisable with strict precaution.

Handwash/Spot Clean

  • Put a mild detergent in lukewarm water. There is no need for bleach or any sort of chemicals as these can be dangerous to the pillow.
  • Use a soft scrub to wash the pillow.
  • Rinse in cold water
  • Use a machine dryer to dry the pillow or use air drying method. Be sure the pillow is completely dried before use.


  • A front loader machine is better for washing micro beads pregnancy pillows.
  • Ensure your micro bead pregnancy pillow is properly fastened before washing in a machine to avoid losing the filling
  • Wash gently in a lukewarm water and mild detergent. Do not neglect the need to wash as gently as possible to maintain the longevity of your pregnancy pillow
  • Rinse thoroughly and severally in cold water
  • Dry naturally using the air drying method or use machine drying method to dry it completely before use.

Memory Foam Pregnancy Pillow


Memory foam pregnancy pillows are great pillows; they are resistant to dust mite and bacterial growth. They are also hypoallergenic (unlikely to cause allergies) too. That notwithstanding, it is good hygiene practice to always clean your memory foam pregnancy pillow.

Hand Cleaning

  • Remove the outer covering of the pillow
  • Sprinkle the pillow thoroughly with baking soda and allow the baking soda to sit for at least an hour
  • Use an upholstery brush or a hand held vacuum cleaner to vacuum the baking soda away with dusts and hairs
  • Then use a hand washing detergent or any other gentle detergent mixed in lukewarm water to remove the stains
  • Use a clean cloth dipped inside clean water to blot out the remaining soap after the stain is gone
  • Dry

Machine Washing

  • Remove the outer covering of the pillow
  • Fill the washing machine with warm water mixed with gentle detergent
  • Put in the pillow and gently agitate
  • Rinse in clean water severally to ensure it is thoroughly rinsed out
  • Dry in a drying machine or put it on a flat ventilated surface to dry

Organic Pregnancy Pillow


Some organic pillows are covered with removable cotton canvases that make them a lot easier to care for. The cotton canvas can be removed and washed instead of the pillow itself. Organic pillows are also dust mite resistant and hypoallergenic. The best care tips for organic pillows are as follows

  • Remove odor from your organic pregnancy pillow by sprinkling it with baking soda
  • Then use an upholstery brush or hand held vacuum cleaner to vacuum the pillow
  • Occasionally, air the pillow out in an airy space
  • Spot clean any stubborn stains with mild detergent mixed in cold water

Is it time to replace my pregnancy pillow?

When it comes to pregnancy pillows, do not hesitate to replace them when they are due to be replaced. The durability of pillows is about three to five years. To know when to shop for new pregnancy pillows, simply fold the pillow and watch as it springs back to its original shape. If it does not spring back, then it is time to get a new one.


Compromising a good night rest for any reason during pregnancy can be dangerous. Do all it takes to sleep peacefully at night for the benefit of you and your baby. Investing in a good pregnancy pillow is one thing, cleaning/washing it as often as possible can make a whole lot of difference.