Can You Use Lysol On Pillows? 🦠

To enjoy a good night’s sleep, you would need a comfortable bed, cozy bedding, and the best pillow you can afford. Most people cover their pillows with an easy-to-wash pillowcase or pillow protector to protect the pillow from dirt and grime, but how do you protect your pillow from germs and bacteria?

Lysol is safe to spray onto your pillows to keep them hygienically clean and sanitized. Lysol disinfectant spray is a strong antiseptic cleaning agent containing ethanol and isopropyl alcohol and kills 99.9 percent of the bacteria found on your pillows on contact.

Pillows can be washed and sanitized to remove the dirt and grime that accumulates with constant daily use. It’s not always practical to wash your pillow as often as you do your bedding, simply because pillows are pretty bulky and could take a while to dry, depending on which materials they are made from. So, what could you safely use to make sure that your pillow is clean and bacteria-free in between washing sessions?

Can You Use Lysol On Pillows?

Pillows and other soft surfaces can harbor some pretty nasty germs without you knowing that they are there! If you contract a virus or a bacterial infection of any kind, you will most probably transfer the germ onto your pillow, where it could linger and possibly reinfect you at some stage!

The best way to ensure that your pillow is always sanitized, hygienic, and germ-free, especially after being ill, is to use a disinfectant like Lysol specifically designed to attack unwanted germs and bacteria.

Lysol is a disinfectant that will kill disease-carrying germs. According to the manufacturer, Lysol disinfectant spray will kill 99.9 percent of all bacteria and viruses on contact!

To safely deodorize your pillow, use a can of Lysol Disinfectant Spray. This product is designed for use on sheets, blankets, mattresses, and pillows. A quick spray over your pillows will keep them hygienically clean and sanitized in between washing. 

Ensure that the pillow has completely dried before you sleep on it to prevent any adverse reactions to your skin.

Lysol has a variety of cleaning products, and while some are safe to use directly on your skin, others are not. Lysol disinfectant spray is designed for use on your pillows and will not cause you any harm if you follow the directions on the label.

Is Lysol Disinfectant Safe To Use?

Before you use any anti-bacterial, sanitizing sprays or products, be sure to read the directions on each product’s label for the correct way to use the product. 

Lysol is effective at killing airborne germs on contact but don’t inhale the product. Lysol is a disinfectant spray designed for use on surfaces and should never be used on the body.

A word of caution when using Lysol – never mix it with bleach or, for that matter, any other chemical household product. Chlorine bleach, in particular, will oxidize the compounds found in Lysol products, creating a toxic solution that you wouldn’t want to keep in your home around your family!

Does Lysol Spray Smell?

Using Lysol disinfectant will remove tough odors from porous surfaces like your pillows and mattress, leaving them smelling fresh and clean, even if they haven’t been through a washing cycle. Good to know, but does Lysol disinfectant spray smell, and will I have to leave the room once I have sprayed it onto my pillows?

Lysol sprays have fresh, crisp linen and pleasant scents, so you won’t have to leave the room after spraying onto your pillows! The fresh scent will linger, inviting you to lay your head down on your freshly sanitized pillows!

How To Disinfect Your Pillow Using Lysol

While pillowcases should be washed at least once a week, pillows don’t need to be washed as often and should only be cleaned every three months. Always trust your nose, though, and if your bed pillow is beginning to smell funky, then it’s time for a wash!

Read the directions on each pillow for washing instructions. Certain types of pillows can be machine washed, while others might need to be hand-washed only. 

Feather pillows as well as down, cotton, and polyester pillows can be washed at home in your washing machine, but always check the washing and drying instructions on the label before washing each.

Latex and memory foam pillows should only be hand-washed and left to dry on a drying rack. Check the washing directions on the label.

If your pillows are beginning to smell and you don’t have the time to wash and dry them, use Lysol Disinfectant Spray to give them quick sanitizing spruce to remove stale odor, germs, and bacteria. Spray clean pillows with Lysol Disinfectant Spray to ensure that they are hygienic and sanitized before you use them.

Follow this simple method to disinfect your pillows using Lysol:

  • Wash and dry your pillows, or
  • If it is not time to wash your pillows, remove the pillow protector, pillowcases and wash those
  • Hold the Lysol Disinfectant Spray can about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) away from the pillow in an upright position
  • Spray the mist onto the pillows for about 3 to 4 seconds, covering the entire surface. The fabric must remain wet for about 10 minutes to disinfect the area properly
  • Leave the pillow to air dry completely
  • For complete peace of mind, use Lysol Disinfectant Spray every week to eliminate bacteria and nasty germs!

When To Buy A New Pillow

Eventually, your faithful old pillow will need to be replaced. We all like to think that our comfortable pillow will last forever, but sadly, it won’t!

It’s time to replace your old faithful with a new pillow when this happens:

  • Your pillow is lumpy, bumpy, and hard!
  • Your pillow is permanently dirty and stained, no matter how often you wash it!
  • You have to fluff your pillow for support often throughout the night.
  • When your fold your pillow, it stays folded and does not bounce back.


A pillow is used every day and could become dirty and grimy very quickly. The only way to ensure a germ-free pillow is by washing it regularly and spraying Lysol Disinfectant Spray over the surface. Lysol will not damage your pillow if used correctly, and the fresh-smelling, clean pillow will give you peace of mind while ensuring a great night’s sleep!


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