How to Clean and Deodorize Pillows with Baking Soda

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You spend a third of your life in bed, so it’s important to make sure you’re sleeping on the right mattress and using the right pillow for your comfort.

But if you’re like most people, you don’t change your pillowcase every day. There’s a big chance your pillows may be holding onto a lot more than just sweat and oil.

Bacteria, yeast, mold spores, dust mites, and pet dander can all be living on your pillows – and they produce an unpleasant smell that can negatively affect how well you sleep, not to mention trigger allergies.

But you don’t have to worry. A little baking soda is all you need. Deodorize and clean your pillows the natural way!

In this article, I’ll show you how to clean and deodorize your pillows with baking soda.

Let’s begin.

Deodorizing Pillows Without Washing

What You’ll Need:

Baking soda
Pillowcase or pillow protector
Stinky pillow


  1. Put the pillowcase on the pillow.
  2. Sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda inside the pillowcase.
  3. Zip it up and shake to spread the baking soda. Leave it overnight.
  4. Remove the pillowcase and shake off the baking soda.

Spot Cleaning Stains On Pillows

What You’ll Need:

Baking soda
Clean brush


  1. Make a paste by mixing 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of water in a bowl.
  2. Apply the paste to the stain. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Use a brush to scrub off the paste. Make sure you remove all the baking soda.

Washing Your Pillow with Baking Soda

You can also use baking soda for washing your pillows. Just use a cup of baking soda on the first wash cycle instead of soap. Then use laundry soap on the next cycle like usual.

Always wash your pillows with cold water on a gentle cycle.

What makes your pillow stink?

Sweat, oils, saliva, hair, and pet dander all leave odor-causing bacteria on your pillows. The odor-causing bacteria are then allowed to breed and thrive in the warm, moist environment that has been created underneath your pillow.

How to prevent stinking up your pillows

  1. Change the pillowcase with fresh ones every week.
  2. Use pillow protectors. Pillow protectors add an extra layer of protection.
  3. Check the pillows’ expiration date. They should be replaced every 2 years. Some hotels even write the expiration date on their pillows to remind them when it’s time for new ones.
  4. Give your pillows some sunshine. The UV rays from the sun can kill odor-causing bacteria. Just make sure it’s not direct sunlight. Too much heat can deform or damage your pillows.


That’s how I combat foul pillow odors with baking soda.

Give these methods a try the next time you have to de-stink a pillow.

I hope that you found this article helpful.

Thank you for reading my blog!

-Baking Soda Guy

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