Megan Aubrey
Megan Aubrey
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How to Clean Feather Pillows


I never thought I would say this, but I actually think the more you clean, the more you actually want to clean. It is addicting to look at the immediate results of your hard work. You see the sparkling surfaces, smell the freshly scented air, and your whole life starts to look a little crisper and clearer. So I want to keep that feeling going by adding more cleanliness and purity to my life.
So when I went
how to clean feather pillows, cleaning tips
how to clean feather pillows, cleaning tips
Grab your feather pillows – whether sleeping or inserts. We are just talking feather pillows now because cotton and other fills are different to clean.
how to clean feather pillows, cleaning tips
Wash two pillows at a time to balance the washer. I also recommend using my no-grate laundry detergent to give a nice fresh scent.
how to clean feather pillows, cleaning tips
Make sure to wash on delicate!
how to clean feather pillows, cleaning tips
After the wash cycle toss them into the dryer on your hottest setting with a tennis ball, clean tennis shoes, or dryer hedge hogs like me! In the beginning I liked to fluff them every 15 minutes and just make sure they were doing okay.
how to clean feather pillows, cleaning tips
The hedge hogs I used that are made for the dryer. These ensured my pillows were fluffy while also helping them dry quicker!
how to clean feather pillows, cleaning tips
I was really curious on how these pillows would turn out. For some reason I was dubious if this would work. I am thrilled with how clean, fresh, and fluffy these came out of the dryer. So fluffy. I actually have a Despicable Me unicorn moment (“It’s so FLUFFY!!”)
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3 of 19 questions
  • Perry Gates
    on Oct 16, 2017

    what do you do about feathers flying everywhere? Can’t that clog the dryer? Mine already fly everywhere just taking them out of the pillow cases
    • Toni-Maree Bishop
      on May 14, 2018

      I sew a new cotton pillowcase over the pillow, encasing it and machine stitching it closed then wash and dry as usual and voila you have a new pillow! The inside older cover is now clean and adding more stuffing to your pillow as it ages thnx tm elaundry co.

  • Reenaroc
    on Jan 19, 2018

    Thank You Megan for you expert advice & where did you get your cute Hedge Hogs for the dryer?  Love Them!
    • Carey
      on Feb 3, 2018

      For your information, putting the pillows in HOT water and HOT dryer can make the feathers or down really stink and nothing you do will change that. New pillows were my only option.
  • Danette
    on Feb 1, 2019

    How do I clean non feather yellow pillows so they are white again?

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  • Dfm
    on Oct 29, 2018

    when i wash my down filled items, i use a product specific to down, and put several tennis balls in the dryer to fluff the down up.

  • Teach_manners
    on Jan 24, 2019

    I wash my down pillows and down comforters every 6 months, they are 24 years old!!

    Hot hot water, 2 cups bleach , regular laundry soap, AFTER I soak them in my sink in just laundry soap, since I have a front loader.

    To dry: 4-6 tennisballs and 4 large balls of crumbled foil, they get very hot and speed up drying big time. They are always in my dryer!


    my pillows are thick and fluffy, smell wonderful and no bacteria from hair/face. Feel warmer also.

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