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Testing & Washing Bed Pillows

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Do you test and wash your bed pillows?
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Over the years I've made some pretty big mistakes like washing my grandma's feather bed pillows. The covers were dark blue with off white stripe ticking and they had them for quite a while. She gave me some and young Dolly decided to machine wash them in hot water. The hot water only made them smell like dead birds! I aired them outside for days it seems and don't believe they ever smelled decent enough to sleep on again. This brings me to the question do you wash your bed pillows? We're talking pillow washing today.
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I guess I learned a lesson the hard way back then. Always check the contents of your bed pillows. They are made so differently now. Read those irritating tags that hang down from the pillow to be sure and it should also tell you if your pillow is machine washable or dry cleanable.
How old are your pillows? You might take that into consideration. These pillows are around five years old but I had them stored without using for awhile. I've been sentimental to them because when my mama was so sick and I stayed with her, she switched her pillows for mine and I just smiled. She knew they were soft and comfy. I've begun to use them and so now sadly I will wash them. She'd want it that way.
Test your pillows to see if they are worn completely out or if they are good to use longer. If they stay folded in the middle where you've folded them it is definitely time to replace them.
My pillows shown are extremely soft and I really love that they are. I personally can't stand a stiff hard pillow. Hubby loves the stiffer variety. Even though these may look soft from much use they really aren't. I bought them this way extremely soft and luxurious!
You should know that pillows do yellow and for a number of reasons:
Body Fluids, Product Breakdown, There are certain coatings that are sometimes put on them to make them whiter/brighter. That and sunlight can break down this coating. The fabrics naturally turn yellow and gray over time.
I'm washing these pillows now in one of my homemade laundry soaps. This one is made with the new 'White Lirio Soap' that is specifically made for 'White Laundry Only'. I made this with my Heavy Duty Mixture which can be found here. The tag on these pillows said machine wash on gentle cycle in warm water. I was tempted to use hot but turned it down according to the instructions. I also added lavender essential oil to the wash for a sweet smell.
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Pillows: Clean, Dry, Fluffy, Smelling Fresh & Clean, Ready to Cover and Use!
TIPS
#1 Read the tag for contents and instructions.
#2 How long have you had the pillows?
#3 Test your pillows as above in video
#4 Wash according to pillow instruction with a great detergent/soap for cleaning whites!
#5 Dry and Fluff in dryer on low heat. You may have to run through more than one drying cycle.
Now you're ready to sleep on clean comfort for another 3 months or so.
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  • Katherine Gardella Hien

    There are also retractable clotheslines that can be used indoors (in tub) or outdoors! When not in use they are almost hidden! I agree, there are so many uses for clothes pins other than hanging clothes! Enjoy the sun on laundry day! 馃

  • Sue Hill
    Sue Hill Yankton, SD

    Not much worse than dirt pillows. New pillows are a line item in my budget and will always be there. New pillows are my answer, especially in my guest room. Even then I buy special pillow jackets.

  • Donna Arthur
    Donna Arthur Rushville, IN

    I always wash my pillows (some are feather) in my washer (no agitator) and use my regular laundry detergent. I then run them through the dryer with dryer sheets and the towel in with them, as well as tennis balls. I've never had an issue with

  • Mary Taylor

    Wishing I'd saved other old pillows now that I know how easy it is to maintain them. I'm always trying to recycle and re use things & keep things healthy. I hate to toss out things that don't compost or get recycled. The no wringer washer and

  • Gail Marston Cather

    have always washed & dried 8 king pillows of various types, put a pillow protector case on them & replaced every two - three years!

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