How to Wash a Travel Pillow

How to Wash a Travel PillowOne of the problems with flying is how problematic it is to get into a comfortable sleeping position in one of those uncomfortable seats. A travel pillow helps, but you only need to stop and think about how grimy it feels after a long flight to realize that a travel pillow needs regular washing. Unfortunately, not all travel pillows are made out of the same stuff, and while some can be machine-washed, others must be cleaned by hand.


Difficulty: Easy

Machine Wash

Things You’ll Need:
  • Mild liquid detergent
  • Bowl (if hand-washing)
  • Old rags (if hand-washing)
Step 1
Examine the label or tag on the travel pillow to see if the pillow can also be machine-dried.
Step 2
Put the pillow in the washing machine with a mild detergent, and run it through a washing cycle with cold water. It can be safely washed with other articles that are washable in cold water.
Step 3
Transfer the pillow from the washing machine to the clothes dryer, and dry it using either a low heat or an air setting. If the pillow is not dryer-safe, pin it to a clothesline and dry it in the open air.

Hand Washing

Step 1
Fill a bowl with water, wet a rag in the bowl and then put a little detergent on the end of the rag.
Step 2
Dab the soapy end of the rag against the pillow to clean it. Reapply soap and water to the rag as necessary.
Step 3
Rinse by using a second wet rag with no detergent on it, using the same dabbing procedure as in Step 2.
Step 4
Pin to a clothesline or set in a warm, dry place and dry the pillow in the open air.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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