Does Your Memory Foam Pillow Need a Pillowcase?

All pillows need a pillowcase, including memory foam. A pillowcase protects your memory foam pillow from dust mites, bacteria and skin cells which naturally build up while you sleep. Keeping your memory foam pillow clean will help it last for last longer.

Pillowcases are also great for decorating your bedroom, as there are so many colours and styles to choose from. You might also prefer different materials for your skin – for example, bamboo pillowcases have cooling properties, whereas silk pillowcases can be good for keeping your skin hydrated.

How often should I wash my pillowcase?

It’s recommended to wash your pillowcase every two weeks, at the minimum, to help maintain your pillow and keep your skin healthy. If you have sensitive skin and are prone to breakouts, try cleaning your pillowcase once a week instead.

How to clean your pillowcase

Normally, you can clean your pillowcase by putting it in the washing machine with the rest of your bedding. Wash everything at 60°C to kill any dust mites or bacteria, using a mild laundry detergent to clean everything properly without affecting your skin. Don’t forget to check the care label in case your pillowcase requires hand washing or has other special instructions.

If you’ve stained your pillowcase, try spot-cleaning it with a small amount of washing up liquid or white vinegar before putting it in the washing machine.

Can I wash my memory foam pillow instead?

You should never wash your memory foam pillow in the machine because this can damage your pillow. The unique material is very absorbent and it will be too difficult to dry your pillow properly.

However, if you wash your pillowcase regularly, you should only need to spot-clean the pillow every two to three months. While memory foam pillows are hypoallergenic and therefore anti-dust, they still need cleaning occasionally, particularly if you’ve stained your pillow or if it starts to smell.

Learn more about cleaning your memory foam pillow with everyday ingredients you’ll find in the cupboard at home.

When should I replace my pillowcase?

Replace your pillowcase once a year or any time it starts to show signs of wear and tear. This can help your memory foam pillow last for longer. If your pillowcase has faded, is yellowing, or the fabric feels thin, it’s time to choose a new one.

Discover more about the health benefits of memory foam pillows or find your perfect pillow in our quiz.

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