Can You Wash a Bamboo Pillow?

Perhaps you have seen the ads on late-night TV or on-line about a bamboo sleeping pillow. When this writer first heard the ad, visions of sleeping on a pillow of hard stick like material didn’t sound all that appealing. After researching, it was discovered this was not the case at all, but more questions arose, such as ‘can you wash a bamboo pillow?’ for example.

can you wash a bamboo pillow?

What is a Bamboo Pillow?

This type of sleeping pillow is made with a bamboo-based viscose outer covering and filled with shredded foam for comfort and support. The bamboo viscose material supposedly has greater strength than other pillow coverings. The shredded foam molds to fit your head and neck to provide a better sleeping experience.

 Can You Wash a Bamboo Pillow? Find the best answer.

The bamboo combination fabric is reportedly stronger than silk and softer than cotton. It also claims to shed heat, is anti-microbial and hypo-allergic. But, can you wash a bamboo pillow?

According to one manufacturer, you can. Even though the product will be naturally resistant to odors, dust mites, and germs, you can’t be too careful. The bamboo pillows you can wash at home in your washing machine.

How can You Wash a Bamboo Pillow?

Of course, we always suggest reading and follow all manufacturer instructions on the label. You can wash a Bamboo pillow or cover but be sure to use tepid water. You want to use the gentle cycle or your machine. (Be sure to check for any tears or holes in the cover of the pillow and mend those before putting the pillow in the washer.) You can wash a single pillow, but you may want to add some towels to the load to keep the machine level.

If you want to spot clean your pillow, use a small amount of warm water and a mild or gentle detergent that doesn’t contain bleach. Gently rub the spot, let it set for approximately a quarter of an hour, then rinse.

You can handwash, using the same instructions for warm water and gentle detergent. It is not advisable to wring or twist any pillow, including the bamboo variety. 

Drying a bamboo pillow at home is recommended by putting two pillows in the dryer.  If you don’t have two, a couple of tennis balls will work to help fluff the pillow and keep its shape. Always use the delicate cycle when it comes to drying.


Bamboo pillows are the rage right now since everyone is desperately searching for ways to get a better night’s sleep. By following the care instructions given on the manufacturer’s label, these strong pillows will give you many years of service. 

Bamboo is a renewable and sustainable resource, so it only makes sense that this excellent fiber be used in ways to make your home sustainable and renewable as well.  So, yes, you can wash a bamboo pillow. And it can also give you a peaceful night's sleep for years to come. If you still have any doubt about this blog "Can You Wash a Bamboo Pillow", comment below and ask. Find more about bedding and bedding tips at Aanya's bedding Blogs.

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