How to Wash Pillows at the Laundromat

Is washing your bedding a regular part of your household chores? If so, how often do your pillows come with you to the laundromat?

While most of us make time to wash our bedding, we exclude our pillows too often. Pillows need regular cleaning just as much as their covers do! Below, we will explore how to wash your pillows at the laundromat and why you should do so regularly.

 

Why Wash Your Pillows & What Happens When You Don’t?

You may shower right before bed each night and regularly wash your pillowcase, but that probably isn’t enough. The pillowcase is just the surface. Whether it’s a humid night, an intense nightmare, or you just left the heater on, you may sweat while you sleep. Body oils, dust and other allergens, mould, bacteria, dead skin, and—most terrifyingly—dust mites can all call your pillow home.

Looking at an image of a dust mite alone may be enough to make you jump out of bed and wash your pillows. All these micro-nasties build up over time, accumulating to the point where your pillow may increase in weight. Of course, the most effective thing you can do is to wash them away.

Washing your pillows can help keep you healthy, preventing the build-up of mould and bacteria, which is also great for your skin. Plus, you can sleep a lot easier knowing no dust mites lurk where you rest your head.

 

How Often Should Pillows be Washed?

Wash your pillows at least twice a year. Every six months is a great rule but ideally, you would wash your pillows up to four times a year. Before you start stripping the bed and running manically down to your local self-service laundromat, learn more below about how to wash them!

 

How to Wash Your Pillows

Despite what many people believe, pillows hold up just fine in a large commercial washing machine. If you use a memory foam pillow or one that requires handwashing, check the label, and refer to the cleaning instructions.

For down and feather-stuffed pillows, use a gentle or hand-wash setting with warm water. Keep the detergent natural and non-toxic, as you’re dealing with the place you rest your head; you don’t want to be laying on harsh chemical residue. The process remains the same for polyester pillows, but the use of warm water is encouraged.

 

Drying Your Pillows

You want to ensure your pillow is dry all the way through, to avoid mould and bacteria from forming within. It’s a good idea to air your pillows out now and then on a sunny day, but for a full pillow wash, go for the drier. The inside of the pillow takes longer to dry.

Dry feather pillows at a medium setting. Frequently check on your pillows during the drying process and if you’re unsure about the right drying method, check the label or brand website for more information.  You can use a couple of tennis balls to help distribute drying.

 

Tip

Polyester, down and feather pillows – use a gentle warm cycle dry on a low setting.

Wool-filled pillow – cold gentle cycle – do NOT tumble dry

Top tip: if your pillows are clumping together in the drier, throw in a couple of tennis balls they will help!

 

Get Your Laundry Done at Liquid Laundromat!

Whether you’re looking to wash your pillows or just do your regular load of clothes, Liquid Laundromat’s commercial washing machines can do the job. If you’re looking for somewhere close to home or need to find a laundromat in Queenstown during your trip, Liquid Laundromats is nearby! Find your nearest Liquid Laundromats location today.

How to Remove Sweat Stains and Save Your Wardrobe

Like it or not, sweat stains aren’t going anywhere. Whether you work out a lot or simply run hot, some clothing will inevitably retain a less-than-fresh whiff or a hard-to-remove yellow stain – this doesn’t mean you need to avoid whites! Here, we explain how to remove sweat stains, what to bring with you to the self-service laundromat, and unexpected household items that can do the trick in a pinch.

 

Why Does Sweat Stain?

Not so fun fact! Sweat is actually colourless and won’t discolour your clothing on its own; it has an accomplice – your deodorant. The minerals in your sweat react with the ingredients in your deodorant, primarily aluminium, causing a not-so-attractive yellow tinge to the armpit area of your shirt.

 

Step by Step Guide to Removing Sweat Stains

Removing sweat stains doesn’t require speciality laundry products, just a little bit of time and care. Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to remove sweat stains from clothing:

  1. Before heading to the laundry, make a quick detour through the kitchen and pick up some white vinegar. Mix one cup of vinegar with two cups of warm water and let the stained clothing soak in the mixture for about 30 minutes.
  2. If you’re dealing with a particularly stubborn stain, hydrogen peroxide has a bleach-like effect that won’t damage the colour. Blot the solution generously onto the stain and let it sit for a further 30 minutes.
  3. Toss the clothing into the washing machine with your usual detergent on the hottest setting that’s safe for your clothing.

 

Unexpected Household Items You can use to Remove Sweat Stains

Think of these as the ‘alternative medicines’ of the laundry world, but they can actually work!

 

Aspirin

Sweat stains can certainly cause a headache or two, and an aspirin may help you in more ways than one. Mix two crushed tablets with half a cup of warm water to create a stain removal solution out of aspirin. Soak the stained area in the solution for a couple of hours, then wash as usual.

 

Vodka

Raise a glass to the most fun stain removal method to date! Yes, equal parts vodka and warm water can help remove stains thanks to the alcohol content in the vodka. Put the solution into a spray bottle and mist the stained area before washing.

 

Lemons

Citrus works as a fantastic stain fighter and won’t damage delicate items that require a softer touch. A mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water will do the trick for your delicate clothing.

 

Ensure Your Whites Stay White with Our Sweat Stain Removal Tips

With our guide on how to remove sweat stains, you can confidentially reintroduce white to your wardrobe without worrying about unsightly pit stains. For all your laundry care needs, swing by Liquid Laundromats Papamoa; we have you and your armpits covered!

Debunking Five Common Dryer Myths

Debunking Five Common Dryer Myths

From old wives’ tales to the ludicrous laundry rules you inherited from your parents – there is a lot of misinformation swirling about regarding dyers. While not quite as dramatic as ‘fake news’, it’s still well worth debunking these dryer myths so you can make the most of your next trip to the laundromat.

 

Dryers Shrink Your Clothing

No, they don’t! Clothes shrink when there’s a lack of moisture in the fibres. Since clothes go in the dryer after being in the washer, this is almost always a non-issue. If your extra-large shirt has come out of the dryer looking more like a small, it’s probably got more to do with the material than it does with the dryer itself. Reading the care label before putting your clothes in the dryer will tell you if it’s safe to do so and recommend the right setting.

 

You Can’t Overload a Dryer

A common dryer myth floating around is that you can’t overload a dryer; we are here to tell you that you can. In fact, overloading can significantly affect the performance of your dryer. Airflow is vital to efficient drying; if you stuff the drum fill to the brim, you’re not allowing air to circulate properly, and your clothes aren’t likely to come out dry. Long story short – don’t overload your dryer!

 

Dryer Sheets can Cause Fires

Dryer sheets won’t start a fire in your dryer, but poor maintenance can. Since dryer sheets go in the drum along with your clothes, there’s no chance of them getting into the vent to clog it up. The only fire hazard you should be concerned about is lint build-up around the vent and lint filter.

 

Dryer Lint Isn’t a Big Deal

If you don’t mind reduced performance and potential fire hazards, let that lint collect as much as you like. Removing lint isn’t so much a dryer myth as it is something most of us are unaware of. A clogged lint filter will significantly reduce the effectiveness of your dryer and potentially cause a fire within the machine while functioning. Most manufacturers suggest cleaning the lint filter after every load, and it is a habit we should all get into.

 

Your Dryer Is Eating Your Socks

Wherever the sock monster lives, it isn’t in your dryer. If your pairs of socks are coming out as singles, it’s most likely because you’ve dropped them between the laundry basket and the machine, so check around the dryer before accusing the sock monster.

 

Put These Dryer Myths to the Test with Liquid Laundromats

Dryers have been wrongly accused of countless laundry mishaps over the years, but here we have cleared their name by debunking some common dryer myths. Don’t believe us? Seeing is believing, so head to a Liquid Laundromats store and try it out for yourself. From our Whangaparaoa laundromat to our Invercargill location, Liquid Laundromats is helping Kiwis get their washing done.