1. Remove the Inner Pillow
Be gentle when you remove the dakimakura from the inner pillow!
They are thick and sturdy but it will still stress the fabric if you're too rough. If you're washing the dakimakura, you might as well air out that pillow too! You must also decide if you want to wash the dakimakura inside out. It is most preferable to wash it by hand the AT LEAST the first few times like you would with silk. But we suggest you always wash it by hand for best results.
2. Fill the wash basin/sink/vessel with COLD water. Add in the detergent and mix that sucker up (gently of course). Cold water is very important, just like how it is with silk. It will prevent the colors from running.
3. Immerse the dakimakura in the cold water, rub it gently and get it nice and soapy!
At this point, if you have any spots left over, go over them GENTLY with the toothbrush. A little toothbrush action with detergent will get out almost any stain (can even work for blood).
4. Let your dakimakura soak for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Make sure the water is still cold. Walk it off, do some jumping jacks, watch anime, go look at some ecchi stuff. Whatever floats your boat.
5. Dump out the water and rinse the dakimakura well! Dry as best you can and wring out the most water filled areas gently. One good trick is to lay a large bath towel down on an empty table and then put the dakimakura lying down on it, leaving some room for the towel to fold over it.
Then, continue folding the towel so it looks like dakimakura sushi. Press down on the dakimkura gently and then unravel it. You may need to repeat this several times as they can soak up a ton of water.
6. Hang it up to dry for 8-12 hours.
You can place them in a hanger or your back porch out on the line. Another alternative is to leave it outdoor for it to dry. It'll still be drippy even if you did wring it out well, so put towels beneath it if drying indoors. DO NOT leave it in direct sunlight as this can cause colors to fade over time.