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Testing & Washing Bed Pillows

Do you test and wash your bed pillows?
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.
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.
Pillows: Clean, Dry, Fluffy, Smelling Fresh & Clean, Ready to Cover and Use!
#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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  • Larahaggerty
    on Sep 14, 2016

    I use tennis balls in the dryer for the final step. I bought a new can of 4 that I keep just for use in the dryer. They help give extra fluff to pillows and comforters when used this way.

    • Dolly Sarrio
      Dolly Sarrio Timmonsville, SC
      on Sep 14, 2016

      I've done that in the past too. Great idea. Personally I love the wool dryer balls I get from a sheep farmer and haven't used softener in my regular laundry for over a year & a half. It softens so well!

  • Linda Saunders Davis
    Linda Saunders Davis Tulsa, OK
    on Sep 14, 2016

    Can you post a link for the laundry soap you made for whites only?

    • Dolly Sarrio
      Dolly Sarrio Timmonsville, SC
      on Sep 17, 2016

      The link doesn't seem to stay on here so just go back to the website and I have a link on the pillow post that has the mixture. Thanks sorry for the technical mixup.

  • Frances Fry
    Frances Fry
    on Sep 14, 2016

    When my babies were little, I used Ivory Snow soap to wash their blankets, quilts and diapers. Now that they are grown up, I use the Ivory Snow on my own sheets, pillows, duvets etc as they leave a beautiful smell esp. if I dry them outdoors. With global warming, it should be mandatory to hang clothes outside to dry, I think!

    • Dolly Sarrio
      Dolly Sarrio Timmonsville, SC
      on Sep 17, 2016

      Oh my I imagine that can be a dusty, dirty situation. It seems here every time I want to hang something out the huge farmers come to plow and spray or a crop duster flies over....the hazards of living in the middle of farmland.

  • Karen Howard
    Karen Howard Woonsocket, RI
    on Sep 14, 2016

    Good to know! Thanks!

  • Lynne
    Lynne Detroit, MI
    on Sep 14, 2016

    thanks for the info. i ruined my grand.moms feather pillows with original ticking, i wish i had this info then

    • Dolly Sarrio
      Dolly Sarrio Timmonsville, SC
      on Sep 14, 2016

      I'm sorry Lynne. You know I hate that. We learned the hard way. Thank you.

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