How you clean your bathtub pillow will depend on what kind of pillow you have, but it’s always important to clean your pillow from time to time to keep it in good condition and remove germs, mold, mildew, or other unwanted things that can start growing inside of it if left alone for too long. Read on for the best ways to clean your bathtub pillow so that you can continue using it safely and comfortably for years to come.

Clean it regularly

Bathtubs can get nasty, but you don’t have to let your tub pillow become a germ-trap. The key is regular cleaning; you may want to consider using an antibacterial cleanser or spot remover if particularly yucky things seem to stick. When in doubt, just throw your bath cushion for tub into a deep wash every few weeks. Remember, these kinds of pillows shouldn’t take long in a washing machine—just toss them inside and go on with your life. If your bathtub pillow has been through a lot, it might be time to replace it! Even though they can be quite durable, over time even bath pillows for tubs that are treated well will start to wear out. If you notice tears developing in your bath cushion for tub or other signs of wear and tear, then it might be time to invest in something new.

Take Care of the Fabric

The best way to clean a bath pillow is by taking care of its fabric. Fill your tub with lukewarm water and add a capful of mild detergent (something you would wash your clothing in). After about an hour, remove your pillow and gently scrub it with an old toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly with cold water before hanging it out to dry. And, most importantly, do not put your bath pillow in the dryer!

Rinse Out Excess Water with a Sponge

Wipe out excess water with a clean sponge so that you can thoroughly dry it. Bathtub pillows may appear clean, but they can harbor bacteria, mold and mildew if not properly dried. Ideally, let your bath pillow air-dry in a cool, well-ventilated area for several days. However, you may need to dry your bath pillow more quickly because of travel or other reasons. If so, use a hair dryer on low heat to gently blow warm air over its surface until it is completely dry. Never place your bath pillow in direct sunlight or near an open flame; both will damage its fabric.

Dealing with Mold and Mildew

Many bathtub pillows can develop mold or mildew if not kept dry and clean. To keep your pillow mold-free, make sure it’s rinsed after each use. And when you’re done, wrap it in a plastic bag and store it in a cool, dry place. Do not store your bath cushion with other bathroom items like towels; that will only invite mildew and cause your pillow to smell bad very quickly. If you notice any signs of mold or mildew on your bath pillow, wash it immediately in warm water with detergent. Then let it air dry completely before storing it again.

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