How to Wash a Travel Pillow

How to Wash a Travel Pillow
How to Wash a Travel Pillow
For frequent travelers, a comfortable travel pillow helps prevent neck pain and promotes a more sound sleep. Travel pillows are made from many different materials, are reasonably priced, and widely available in department stores and online. They are compact and easily fit into carry-on luggage. Some are small enough to be hand held or stowed in a purse. Keep your travel pillow fresh and clean by following these laundering tips.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
  • Washing machine or sink Mild detergent Face cloth Dryer
  • Washing machine or sink
  • Mild detergent
  • Face cloth
  • Dryer
Step 1

Remove covers from memory foam travel pillows. If needed, dab the memory foam with a face cloth and mild detergent. Do not machine wash or immerse memory foam in water. Air dry and never put memory foam in the dryer. Removable covers made of cotton, acrylic, polyester or fleece may be hand or machine washed and tumble dried on low heat.

Step 2

Hand-wash, with warm water and mild detergent, vinyl or plastic inflatable travel pillows that have fixed material covers. It is easier to leave them inflated when washing so that they rinse thoroughly and dry more quickly. Air dry inflatable travel pillows, and never put them in the dryer. Wash and dry removable covers as indicated in Step 1.

Step 3

Wash and dry the removable covers and bags of buckwheat or rice travel pillows as indicated in Step 1, provided they are made of the listed materials. The buckwheat or rice filling should never be washed or dried.

Step 4

Dry clean feather and down travel pillows, or machine wash on a gentle cycle with mild detergent. Squeeze out any excess water from the pillow before putting it in the dryer on medium heat. Remove the pillow from the dryer every 20 minutes, and shake to redistribute feathers and down. Continue drying until thoroughly dry. Fluff the pillow when done.

Step 5

Machine-wash polyester fiberfill travel pillows with mild detergent. Tumble dry on medium heat.

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