How do you get the smell out of a memory foam pillow?
With a new memory foam pillow, you might be able to smell a chemical odour after opening the packaging. This is called ‘off gassing’ and is completely normal. You shouldn’t need to wash your pillow to get rid of the smell – it should fade away after a few days.
If the odour is too strong, deodorise your pillow by sprinkling it with baking soda, allowing it to set for 30 minutes. Vacuum away the baking soda and then repeat on the other side of the pillow, which should completely remove the smell.
Sometimes, your pillow will smell because of body odour, particularly if you sweat a lot at night. Or there may be a lingering smell if you spill food or drink. If that’s the case, you can wash your memory foam pillow using the steps above.
How long should you keep memory foam pillows?
Keep your memory foam pillow for 18-36 months. While the construction of these pillows make them naturally resistant to dust, they’ll still need to be replaced eventually. If you have washed your pillow and it still feels less than fresh, it’s time for a new one. Find out more in our article here.