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Why You Should Vacuum Your Memory Foam Pillows

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We all crave a good night’s sleep and having quality bedding and pillows can help. Often, people turn to memory foam for optimal comfort, but when it comes to cleaning, are they hard to care for?

Surprise, for spot cleaning your memory foam pillows, you really only need a vacuum.

Now, a vacuum won’t work for serious deep cleaning, but if you only need to deodorize and freshen up, the process is simple.

Typically, memory foam pillows are hypoallergenic, but that doesn’t stop dead skin and dust mites from burrowing into the foam. By keeping them vacuumed regularly, you can help prevent steady buildups that’ll make deep cleaning more difficult.

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As a general rule, you should vacuum your memory foam pillow at least once a week—simply add it to your other linen duties like washing your sheets. First, to eliminate any smells, sprinkle baking soda over the pillow and place it in direct sunlight for two to three hours. Then, vacuum your pillow to get rid of the excess powder.

Thanks to baking soda’s ability to act as both a base and an acid, it can neutralize both acidic and base odor molecules. This gets rid of any smell your pillow might have developed. As for the vacuum, well, that’s pretty simple. It sucks up any leftover dust or dirt on your pillow.

Don’t have a memory foam pillow? Now, that you know care doesn’t have to be laborious, you might want to consider purchasing your own.

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