How to Keep Your Throw Pillows Looking and Smelling Fresh - Even If You Can't Remove the Cover!

How to Keep Your Throw Pillows Looking and Smelling Fresh - Even If You Can't Remove the Cover!

You love your throw pillows but can't stand the thought of washing them because they don't have removable covers. You're in luck! There are plenty of ways to keep your pillows looking and smelling fresh, even if you can't remove the cover! Here are our best tips on how to wash throw pillows without removing the cover.

The Best Way to Wash Throw Pillows

If you can't remove your throw pillow's removable cover, don't worry. Here are some easy steps for washing pillows without a removable cover: 1) Fill your tub with water and fill up a bucket with soapy water. 2) Put as many pillows in the tub as you would like to wash. 3) Set a timer for 10 minutes and let it soak for that amount of time before moving on to step 4. 4) After 10 minutes, put your pillows back into the bucket full of soapy water that is separate from the one in which they soaked. 5) Rinse off all of your pillows in this bucket.

The Right Way to Dry Your Throw Pillows

  1. Fill a laundry sink with cold water and some vinegar. 
  2. Add your pillows, cover them with cold water, then use your hands to gently push them under so they're submerged in the water. 
  3. Let your pillows soak for five minutes. 
  4. Drain the sink, then fill it again with cold water without any vinegar this time; submerge your pillows again for about five minutes before draining the sink again.

Tips for Keeping Your Throw Pillows Fresh in Between Washes

  1. Make a mixture of 3⁄4 cup white vinegar, 2 cups water, and 1 tablespoon baking soda in a spray bottle. Shake it up and spray it on your throw pillows. Let them air dry before using again.
  2. Mix 1⁄2 cup baking soda with enough warm water to fill a bucket or sink about halfway. Soak your pillow for about an hour or until the odor is gone (you may need more than one bucket depending on how many pillows you have). Rinse with cold water and then let them air dry before using again.
  3. Fill your sink with hot water and add 1-2 tablespoons of borax detergent.

Dealing with Specific Stains or Odors on Throw Pillows

- To remove an odor, put a bowl of vinegar inside the pillowcase for two hours. This will help with smells from pets or cigarette smoke.

- To remove stains from throw pillows, use a mixture of water and laundry detergent in a spray bottle. Then just spray onto the stain before throwing it into the washing machine. The wash cycle should take care of it.

How do you wash throw pillows that Cannot be washed?

There are a few ways you can clean your pillows without removing the cover. The easiest way is to use a vacuum with a hose attachment or with an upholstery attachment. Put your pillow inside of a pillowcase and then place it on top of the vacuum cleaner, turn it on, and suck away. This will remove any dust mites that have accumulated on the surface of your pillow, as well as all of those pesky allergens that have been accumulating in your home for months. 

Another way you can clean your throw pillows is by using baking soda and water. Mix together three parts water to one part baking soda in a bowl until you get a nice paste-like consistency.

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