Best pillow protector for a sweaty head?
August 11, 2014 11:57 AM   Subscribe

Even in the nicest weather my head can get a little sweaty. Pillow protectors seem to be the answer to keep my sweat from sinking in and stinking up my pillow, but I have yet to find one that strikes a nice balance between comfortable and effectively sweatproof. Sweatheads of the world: have you found one that fits the bill?

Failing that, have you found a method for drying a pillow in a reasonable amount of time after machine washing it? Seems to take forever in the tumble dryer...
posted by Lentrohamsanin to Home & Garden (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I just double up on pillow protectors in the summer. An extra 2-3 pillow covers in the wash isn't that big a deal.

If you tumble dry it with a dry towel and a tennis ball it will dry faster.
posted by elizardbits at 12:18 PM on August 11, 2014

Actually why don't you just put a thin towel over, that would be a good solution, don't you think?
posted by Artemaximus at 12:32 PM on August 11, 2014

I just wash my pillow cases a bit more frequently in the summertime, like every three days versus once a week.

I think I sweat a lot, but honestly, my pillow smells more from my dog. She likes to lay on my pillow after I've gone to work in the morning (my wife wakes up much later than I). Probably that's because the pillow smells like my sweat and she gets to be closer to my wife that way.
posted by tckma at 12:33 PM on August 11, 2014

Are you sure this is the route to take? I mean, as opposed to reducing heat? I worry that a less penetrable pillow protector may make things worse.

What kind of pillow do you have? I found that switching out a down pillow for a pillow with synthetic fill helped cool me down. Other materials that are supposed to be cooler than down include latex, wool and buckwheat. Personally, I am considering a wool pillow with a linen pillowcase.
posted by mullacc at 12:45 PM on August 11, 2014

f you tumble dry it with a dry towel and a tennis ball it will dry faster.

Beware: tennis balls will give off an unwanted 'rubbery" smell. Better to try drying them with a knotted towel or two.
posted by Gungho at 12:53 PM on August 11, 2014

There are pillow protectors, which can be waterproof, allergen protective type things, and pillow cases. The solution that seems to work best for my (bald) man is to use a pillow protector and then 2 pillow cases on top. Halfway through the week I strip off the top pillow case and voila! fresh pillow once more.

I also tend to use a quick spray of Bac-Out stain and odor remover on all the pillows on the bed when I change the sheets/cases.
posted by PorcineWithMe at 2:56 PM on August 11, 2014

What about a quick dry pillow cover, similar to this:

(A few months ago they had summer versions of these, but they've stopped selling them.)
posted by Ms. Moonlight at 11:59 AM on August 12, 2014

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