Can Bamboo Pillows Be Washed?

Bamboo pillows are comfortable, eco-friendly, and have hypoallergenic properties. They are great for sleeping but require extra care to keep them fresh and clean. That is because memory foam and bamboo fibers are delicate. Can bamboo pillows be washed?

Yes, bamboo pillows can be washed. However, it depends on the type of pillow you have on how to properly wash it without destroying it. And since this can be a bit tricky, I prepared this simple guide, to show you how to do it properly.

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of whether or not you can wash your bamboo pillows. The rest of the article will tell you how to take proper care of your bamboo pillow in more detail.

Can bamboo pillows be machine-washed?

Washing bamboo pillowcase

So, can bamboo pillows be machine-washed? The short answer is yes, however it can be machine washed only if the instructions found on the wash care labels indicate so.

As mentioned before memory foam and bamboo fibers are very delicate.

That is why you should special attention to the instructions found on the label. Moreover, we recommend washing the bamboo pillows by hand and only using a gentle machine wash program when cleaning the cover.

With this, you will keep your pillow clean as well as safe. To help you with this we have prepared a step-by-step guide on how to wash your bamboo pillow and bamboo pillowcase.

How to wash the bamboo pillowcase? Step by step guide

To wash the pillowcase, you will first have to separate the case from the memory foam. After this, you can put the separated case in the washing machine.

  1. Combine the bamboo pillowcase with a load of light or dark fabrics, depending on the color of the case.
  2. It is preferable to wash the cover with a load of delicate or other soft materials. Set your machine to a gentle wash program. Using warm water is advisable, however, if the water is too cold or hot, this could ruin the bamboo pillowcase.
  3. The machine should also be filled with a gentle detergent to avoid damaging the fabric. If the bamboo pillowcase’s label specifies a certain kind of detergent, it is advisable to follow the given guidelines to the best of your abilities.
  4. After it has been cleaned, the bamboo pillowcase may be placed in a dryer. However, allowing the case to air-dry is the optimal approach.

Can bamboo memory foam pillows be washed?

Although bamboo memory foam pillows should not be machine-washed, this should not discourage you.

Even though bamboo memory foam pillows must be washed by hand, the process is very simple. We have prepared instructions on three simple steps to hand wash your bamboo memory foam pillow.

How to wash bamboo memory foam pillow

As mentioned, the best approach for washing a bamboo memory foam pillow is by hand. This should be done by using a small amount of mild or gentle detergent, which should not contain any bleach.

Fill your tub or sink with lukewarm water. A sink would be the better choice if you have one since you will be able to stand up while washing. Afterward, squeeze the detergent in the water. Make sure you do not use too much soap or water, which will make rinsing and drying the bamboo memory foam pillow much harder.

Afterward, you will want to get the soap out of the bamboo memory foam pillow. It is important to rinse the pillow out thoroughly until there is no more soap in the fabric. You can just move the pillow around under a tap, spinning it to rinse every side. Moving water will help to thoroughly rinse off the surface of the bamboo memory foam pillow.

Can you put a bamboo pillow in the dryer?

Never dry a bamboo pillow in the dryer, as the high temperature can melt the bamboo pillow’s filter, which will ruin the pillow. Some manufacturers might allow drying bamboo pillows in the dryer. Always check the care label and washing instructions beforehand!

How to dry bamboo pillow?

We mentioned that it is not advisable to dry a bamboo pillow by using a dryer unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer. The best way to dry a bamboo pillow is by hanging the pillow on a clothesline in the sun. There are special pillow hangers that wrap around the body of the bamboo pillow, which can be hung from a clothesline. However, you can also just clip the pillow with clothespins.

Alternatively, you may also place the pillow on a towel that has no colored dyes or fabric. In this case, you will need to turn the pillow over a few times, so it can dry on both sides evenly.

Make sure that it is not raining outdoors and the humidity level is not too high, or else this may cause mildew growth on the bamboo pillow.

Whichever of the given methods you choose make sure that the pillow is dry all the way through. Check the pillow for any wet or damp spots before putting the bamboo pillowcase back on and using it.

Do’s and don’ts

We recommend that you wash your bamboo pillow once every three to six months if you want your pillow to last as long as possible. Bear in mind that each pillow comes with its care and washing instructions, which should be carefully followed.

Before purchasing a bamboo pillow, you should research which will be best for you in terms of its size or filling.

If the above-mentioned tips to clean and wash your bamboo pillow do not help, it might be the appropriate time to consider replacing it. However, if the memory foam filling is still fluffy and responsive, you might only need to replace the pillowcase.


If you will follow the recommendations from above you will be on track to keep your pillow fresh and clean for your sleep. So remember:

Yes, bamboo memory foam pillows can be washed. However, only wash bamboo memory foam pillows by hand. The bamboo pillow cover can be machine-washed. In any case, always make sure you follow the care label and washing instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Never use a dryer to dry the bamboo memory foam pillow otherwise you risk ruining it. The best approach is to hang the pillow from a clothesline and air-dry it. Make sure it is completely dry before using your pillow again.

If you require any more information on washing your bamboo memory, foam pillow leave a comment below with your questions and we will provide the answers!

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