7 Tips On Wash Bamboo Pillow (Wash & Care)

Bamboo pillows are some of the most popular good pillows available.

They’re ultra-soft, hypoallergenic, resistant to dust mites, eco-friendly, breathable, and help your body temperature cool.

There are many different types of bamboo pillows. Some are filled with shredded memory foam, while others are solid bamboo memory foam pillows or micro-beads.

A few are even stuffed with buckwheat hulls!

If you’ve recently purchased a new bamboo pillow, you may be wondering how to wash them properly and probably want to take care of it by cleaning it regularly.

In a Hurry? Here are a few things you should keep in mind before washing bamboo pillows.

  1. Check the care instructions on your bamboo pillowcases. 

Bamboo sleeping pillows can sometimes be machine-washed, but often they need to be hand-washed.

If you’re not sure, it’s best to err on the side of caution and hand-wash the pillow.

  1. Second, be mindful of what you’re washing with.

Bamboo fabric is a natural fabric and, therefore, more likely than synthetic fabrics to shrink or bleed color if washed incorrectly.

  1. Stick with delicate soap and avoid harsh detergents that could ruin your bamboo pillow.
  1. If you’re unsure what products will harm your pillow, stick with what’s safe and mild.

And follow these easy steps below to have a clean pillow and fresh in no time.

Steps on how to wash your bamboo pillow

  1. Wash a bamboo pillow by hand wash
  2. Remove the bamboo pillow cover
  3. Fill a sink with lukewarm water and add a drop of gentle detergent.
  4. Submerge the whole pillow in soapy water and gently squeeze until it’s thoroughly soaked. Don’t soak for a long time.
  5. Rinse out the soap with fresh water, then squeeze the pillow again to remove excess water.
  6. Lay on a flat surface to dry — either on a towel or on a drying rack.
  7. Then press down to soak up any remaining moisture.
  8. Use a pillow hanger, to hang the pillow to dry in a cool temperature with good airflow. Do not put it in direct sunlight or near any heat source.

Wash the pillow by machine wash

  1. Remove the bamboo pillowcase from the bamboo pillow.
  1. Set the washing machine and wash it on a gentle cycle using cool water and mild detergent.
  1. Spot clean any stains on the bamboo pillow with a damp cloth and mild soap.
  1. If you want to dry a pillow, air drying it for a couple of hours will give you the best results.
  1. The best way to Fluff up the bamboo pillow after it’s scorched is to restore its shape and use it again.

Bamboo pillows can be expensive, and it’s worth learning a few tips on extending the life of your pillow and getting the best value for money. Below are some care tips:

Tips on how to take care of your bamboo pillow:

1. Switch your pillow cover frequently.

  • Pillowcases are the first line of defense when it comes to keeping your pillow clean.
  • We recommend washing your bamboo pillowcases every few days unless you’re getting less than 8 hours of sleep a night.

2. Wash your pillow occasionally

  • No matter how often you change your pillowcase, there will always be some dead skin cells and bacteria on your pillow.
  • These can cause mold and unpleasant odors.

A good rule of thumb is to wash your bamboo pillows every 3-6 months.

3. Don’t sleep dirty and sweaty.

  • The more you sweat in bed, the more frequently you should wash your pillows.

Not only will this help keep them smelling fresh, but it also helps to reduce the risk of acne breakouts on your face and neck.

4. Keep dry

  • If possible, store your bamboo pillow in a cool, dry place when not in use (such as a closet).

Bamboo pillows are the most comfortable pillows to use. They are soft and silky and do not develop an odor even after continuous use.

They are also naturally hypoallergenic and can be used by people with asthma or allergies.

But, there are certain precautions that you must take while washing your new pillow for the first time.

Precautions for washing a pillow for the first time

Do not soak the entire pillow in water. This may cause irreversible damage to the pillow.

To wash your bamboo pillow for the first time, use cold water. 

This is because hot water will make the bamboo fibers softer and they might stick together when they dry.

  • Never use warm or hot water, chlorine bleach, or fabric softener because they will damage the structure of the fibers and cause pilling.
  • Don’t wash your pillow on hot dryer cycles. This can damage the foam inside and make the cover shrink or tear.
  • You should wash your pillow on a delicate cycle instead.
  • The dryer should also be set to a low heat setting,  not on high temperature or air fluff, only for about 15 minutes.
  • Don’t use strong detergents or bleach as it will break down the fabric and pillows will lose their shape faster.
  • Do not use a wet pillow. Wait until it is completely dry before using it.


Q: How often should you change your pillowcase?

A: You should change your pillowcase at least once every two weeks. However, for people who sweat a lot during the night or have oily skin, it’s best to do this more frequently.

It is recommended to wash your pillowcase at least once a week.

If you want to extend the life of your bamboo pillow and keep it clean, It is a good idea to make sure to change your pillowcase regularly.

This way, you will avoid getting dust mites in your pillow and sleeping on a dirty case.

Q: How often should you wash your bamboo pillow?

A: There are two types of bamboo pillows: ones with foam filling and ones with shredded memory foam filling (or down alternative).

If you have one that has foam pillow filling, you can wash it in a washing machine in a delicate mode.

But if you have one that has shredded memory foam fillings (or down alternative), then the best cleaning method is by hand washing or dry cleaning because putting these pillows in a washing machine may cause damage to them.

Q: Can I wash my new miracle bamboo pillow?

Yes, you can wash your miracle bamboo pillow. However, you must first remove the bamboo pillowcase.

Next, the Machine washes the pillow on a gentle cycle with warm water only. Do not use hot or cold water, as this will ruin the bamboo pillowcase and fall apart.

In the end, there are many different ways to wash your pillowcases.

Some people pre-wash them before putting them to use. Others (more commonly) wash their cases as needed without much concern.

And still, others never wash their bamboo pillowcases at all!

Whatever works best for you, we hope that knowing how to best care for your bamboo pillows will help you decide what’s best for you.

Most importantly, clean bedding and a clean pillow will lead to a comfortable and better night’s sleep. 

D. Hahn

DIY guru, dad, husband, blogger. When I'm not creating life hacks I'm teaching my kids how to fix stuff after their dad breaks it.

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