How to Clean a Travel Pillow

Travel pillows are a great accessory for taking on airplanes, trains, and buses. If you’ve used your travel pillow a lot, it might be getting dirty or collecting an odor. Before you clean your travel pillow, determine what material it is made out of. Most pillows, including those made from memory foam or microbeads, can be hand-washed with laundry detergent. If your pillow has a cover on it, simply take off the cover and wash it separately from the pillow itself. You can also sprinkle your pillow with baking soda and set it in the sun to freshen it.

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[Edit]Washing a Memory Foam or Microbead Travel Pillow
Fill a container with lukewarm water and of detergent. Find a bucket, tub, or sink that is big enough to hold your travel pillow. Fill it up about halfway with lukewarm water, or water that is just above . Add a mild detergent and gently mix it into the water. Make sure your container is full enough that your travel pillow will be fully submerged.[1]
You should always use mild detergent when you wash memory foam so that you don’t harm your pillow.
If you use your travel pillow often, you should wash it twice a year.
Hold your pillow underwater and gently squeeze it. Submerge your travel pillow fully and squeeze it in and out with your hands. Do not pull or rub at your travel pillow. Squeeze your pillow 5 to 10 times all over to fully clean it out.[2]If there are any stains or spots on your pillow, pay special attention to them as you squeeze.
Rinse your pillow out in cool water until the water is clear. Drain the container full of soapy water and carry your pillow over to a sink or tub. Use cool water that is just below room temperature to rinse all of the detergent out of your pillow. Keep rinsing until there is no soap residue coming out of the pillow anymore, or for about 5 minutes.[3]Leaving soap residue inside of your pillow can harm it in the long run.
Let your travel pillow dry in the sun. Set your travel pillow in a cool, dry spot where the sun can reach it. If you live in a humid climate, keep your pillow indoors. Leave it to dry until you can squeeze it without feeling any moisture, or for 1 to 2 days.[4][Edit]Cleaning a Travel Pillow in a Machine
Check the tag to see if your pillow is machine washable. Some travel pillows cannot be washed in a washing machine. Look at the tag to see what the manufacturer recommends. If your pillow is dry clean or hand wash only, do not put it in the washing machine.[5]
Most memory foam and microbead pillows are not machine washable.
Remove the cover if it has one. Some travel pillows have removable covers that come off with a zipper or snaps. If your pillow does, take the cover off carefully and set the pillow aside. Wash the cover separately from the pillow.[6]Pillow covers help keep your travel pillow clean for a longer period of time.
Wash the pillow or the cover in cold water on a low spin setting. Find the low-spin or delicate setting on your washing machine. Wash your travel pillow in cold water using a mild detergent. Don’t let the pillow sit for too long after the cycle is over, or it could lose its shape.[7]
Putting your pillow on a high-spin setting could also cause it to lose its shape.
You can wash other clothing items with your pillow or cover.
Dry it on low or let it sit in the sun for 1 day. If you need your travel pillow dried quickly, put it in the dryer for 1 hour on a low setting. If you don’t need it dry that fast, set your pillow out in the sun to dry for at least 1 day. Squeeze your pillow to make sure it is dry on the inside, not just the outside.[8]
Some dryers have automatic moisture sensors. These won’t work on travel pillows, since the sensors only pick up moisture on the outside of the pillow, not the inside.[Edit]Removing Odors and Small Stains
Let the pillow sit out in the sunlight for 2 to 3 days to remove smells. If your memory foam or microbead travel pillow is starting to smell bad, let it sit out in the fresh air for 2 to 3 days until the smell goes away. Make sure the pillow won’t get wet or dirty in the spot that you put it outside. Unfold the pillow all the way before you set it in the sunlight.[9]
Mild odors, like the smell of sweat, will go away when the pillow is aired out.
Sprinkle baking soda on the pillow and let it sit to get rid of smells. If your pillow is really stinky, spread a thin layer of baking soda over the entire thing. Let it sit outside in the sunlight for 2 to 3 days until the baking soda absorbs all of the odor. Brush the baking soda off of the pillow outside before you use it again.[10]
Baking soda absorbs odors, but it won’t take away any stains or dirt.
Rub detergent and warm water into small stains. If your travel pillow has a few small stains on it that don’t warrant an entire wash, use a washcloth with warm water and 1 drop of mild laundry detergent to gently rub at the stain until it comes out. Rinse the stain with cool water until the water runs clear to get rid of the detergent.[11][Edit]References↑ https://www.consumerreports.org/pillows/how-to-wash-a-pillow/

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Today in History for 28th February 2020

Historical Events

1838 – Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Québec)
1888 – Vincent d’Indy’s Wallenstein-trilogy, premieres
1988 – Pat Verbeek becomes 1st NJ Devil to score 4 goals in an NHL game
2001 – The US Environmental Protection Agency announces that it intends to proceed with implementation of tighter restrictions on sulfur content in diesel fuel; the rule is opposed by many in the refining industry
2016 – 36th Razzies Awards: “Fifty Shades of Grey” wins worst film, worst actor and actress
2019 – YouTube announces it will stops all comments on videos featuring children because of paedophiles leaving inappropriate comments

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Famous Birthdays

1261 – Margaret of Scotland, queen of Norway (d. 1283)
1938 – Martin Olav Sabo, (Rep-D-MN, 1979- )
1945 – Charles “Bubba” Smith, Tx, NFLer (Balt Colts)/actor (Police Academy)
1957 – Ainsley Harriott, British celebrity chef
1973 – Denard Walker, cornerback (Tennessee Oilers)
1979 – Michael Bisping, English mixed martial artist, born in Nicosia, Cyprus

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Famous Deaths

1844 – Abel P. Upshur, Secretary of State, dies in explosion on USS Princeton
1991 – Guillermo Ungo, member of El Salvador junta (1979-80), dies
1993 – Franco Brusati, Italian dir/writer (Bread and Chocolate), dies at 70
1996 – Daniel Chipenda, Angolan politician and field commander, dies at 64
2004 – Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian, writer, and Librarian of Congress (b. 1914)
2014 – Hugo Brandt Corstius, Dutch essayist and mathematician, dies at 78

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How to Read Surf Reports

Surf reports are like weather forecasts for the water. The reports come from buoys placed off the shore and detect various conditions, including the wave size you can anticipate while you’re surfing, swimming, or sailing. The reports also show you factors like wind speed, weather conditions, and temperature. By using these reports, you can determine whether you will see big waves or be better off staying at home.

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[Edit]Determining Wave Activity
Check the swell height to determine the average size of the waves. Magicseaweed.com and surfline.com are reliable for most surf spots. The wave height, listed in either feet or meters, tells you the vertical height of a wave from trough to crest. Keep in mind that it is an average, so not all waves will be that exact size. About ⅓ of the waves will be the height listed in the report, but you will also see plenty of bigger and smaller ones at the beach.[1]Everyone looks for the swell height when they first open up a report. However, it isn’t the only factor determining wave height near the shore, so read it in conjunction with other swell measurements.
The swell height is a very rough estimate. Although it can give you an idea of what the waves are like, the best way to get the whole picture is to go to the beach yourself.
An ideal swell height for beginning surfers is about high. When the waves seem too tough to handle, look for a more sheltered spot at the beach where the waves will be a little smaller.
Read the swell period to see how long each wave lasts. The swell period measures how long a wave takes to pass a measuring buoy. Short wave periods indicate shorter, choppier waves that move by at a fast rate. Long wave periods mean long waves that have a chance to build up more as they approach the shore. The wave period is measured in seconds and is sometimes listed right after the swell height instead of on its own.[2]
For example, you might see a report list waves at for 15 seconds. That means a wave tall takes 15 seconds to completely pass by a measuring buoy.
If you’re planning on surfing, a swell period between 10 to 12 often produces sizable waves. You may still be able to catch waves during shorter swell periods, but not as consistently. Longer swell periods will produce bigger waves experienced surfers might enjoy.
Find the swell direction to see where the waves are coming from. It is often listed in degrees or as an abbreviated direction like NNW. When the measurement is listed in degrees, think of it like reading a compass where north is 0 and south is 180. Some reports simplify this measurement by listing an arrow instead of a number. The swell comes in at an angle toward the beach, so the direction can have a big impact on how the waves form.[3]
The swell direction is tricky since it describes where the swell comes from, not which way the waves are headed. It’s a common place where new surfers get tripped up.
For example, the swell direction could be listed as north northwest (NNW) or as 327 degrees. It indicates that the waves are moving from the north northwest and heading southeast. If the report includes an arrow marker, it will point to the southeast.
The coastline determines how the swell direction affects the waves. If you’re facing east from the coast of Florida, for instance, a swell coming from the east produces bigger waves. If you’re facing south from another part of the coast, the waves won’t be as strong.
Check the tide height to see how it changes throughout the day. Most reports track the changing tide, listing it in feet or meters. The tide affects the way the waves move, but it’s very easy to track. There are 2 high tides and 2 low tides at different times every day. These will be listed on the tide graph so you can use them in case they affect the water condition at the beach.[4]
In general, the best time to be in the water is at medium or high tide. During these times, more water flows toward the beach. A low tide could expose sand bars, sharp rocks, reefs, and other obstacles.
If you’re planning on surfing, the best time depends on the particular spot you’re visiting. Spend time near the water as the tides change or ask an experienced surfer about the best times.
Note that tides are bigger during new and full moons. The moon cycles through phases as it travels around the Earth. When the moon is completely in front of or behind the Earth, the tides are much stronger than usual. That means much more water at high tide and much less at low tide. During other times, the tides are much less distinguishable.[5]
Surfers can take advantage of this by going out for a strong high tide and avoiding a severe low tide. When the moon isn’t in its new or full phase, low tide isn’t quite as severe, so the water conditions may still be worth checking out.
Moon phases are not always listed on surf reports, so you may need to check separate weather or moon phase trackers for more information. Another option is to track the tides on surf reports to see how the highs and lows change daily.[Edit]Looking for Wind and Weather Conditions
Check the wind speed to see how fast the wind is blowing. The wind measurements follow the surf measurements, although many reports place them in a separate, labeled section. Wind speed is often listed as a nautical measurement called knots, which equals about per hour. A lower wind speed often leads to larger, smoother waves.[6]
The ideal wind speed is often between per hour. A light wind coming from the shore causes bigger waves. If the wind is too strong, you will have a harder time paddling toward the waves.
Strong winds can create choppy waves, especially when you’re close to the shore.
Some reports also list wind gusts. The wind speed is the average speed, but gusts are short bursts when the wind blows at a much higher speed. Gusts can cause the waves to become more unpredictable.
Note the wind direction to see if it is blowing out toward the water. The wind direction is indicated as an arrow, although it can also be shown through an abbreviated direction or degrees. The wind direction tells you which way the wind is going, which could be toward or away from the shore. When there is little to no wind, the waves tend to be much smoother and higher than normal. Ideally, surfers want the wind to be blowing out from the shore so it hits the water and creates bigger waves.[7]
The direction of the wind is an important factor determining what kind of waves you see at the beach. If the wind blows directly at the shore, the waves will be smaller and choppier than normal. If the wind blows out toward the water, then the waves will be longer.
Note the rain and other weather conditions at the beach. Other than the swell readings, surf reports resemble any standard weather forecast. The weather conditions are often depicted as symbols. Expect sunny conditions when the report shows a sun and an overcast day when you see clouds. The reports also show conditions like rain and track the weather at night.[8]
Although the weather conditions affect waves, that effect is often noticeable in the swell report. Use the weather forecast as confirmation and for your own enjoyment at the beach.
Read the forecast to figure out the expected average temperature. The temperature is typically listed underneath or next to the weather conditions. The temperature is an estimate, so take it to mean that temperatures at the beach will be near or around what you see listed. Each listing will include a single temperature.[9]
Reports are broken down hour by hour. If you’re trying to anticipate what the weather will be like later on in the day, check each hour to see what changes.
Look for times indicating how much daylight to expect at the beach. Many reports track light conditions on a day to day basis. If you have a report with this information, it will list first light, sunrise, sunset, and last light. Visibility begins increasing at first light until night completely sets in at last light.[10]
This measurement doesn’t affect the waves, so it’s more about visibility. You can use it to determine how well you would be able to see if you head out to the beach.[Edit]Video
[Edit]Tips
There are many different, reliable websites that issue surf reports. The reports are free to access and all contain the same basic information, even though some may look different from one another.
Remember that the surf conditions change a lot depending on where you are. Waves can be different even at different places on the same beach because of many factors, including swell direction and obstructions like offshore islands.
Most surf reports list how conditions change throughout the day, usually by measuring them at different times. Some reports operate like a 7-day weather forecast that lets you preview conditions days in advance.
Waves are strongest when they are generated off the coast, which is called groundswell. Local winds at the beach can generate waves, but wind swell isn’t as good for surfing.[Edit]References
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