How to Clean Feather Pillows

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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 to sleep the other day and took a deep contented breath, I was more than a little grossed out my a not-so-fresh hitting my nose. You’re welcome for that overshare.
Feeling empowered and invigorating by all the new cleaning products and tips I have been trying this spring, I took that momentum and used it to tackle my pillows. So on an oddly snowy Sunday this past weekend, my feather pillows got a bath in the washer.
Grab your feather pillows – whether sleeping or inserts. We are just talking feather pillows now because cotton and other fills are different to clean.
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.
Make sure to wash on delicate!
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.
The hedge hogs I used that are made for the dryer. These ensured my pillows were fluffy while also helping them dry quicker!
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!!”)

Megan Aubrey
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  • DC DC on Oct 23, 2019

    I am so inspired.. but a little nervous to try this on my feather pillows. I tried once, years ago and it was a disaster. I was left with two extremely heavy, hard, soping wet lumps that I could not dry and had to throw out as they began to stink as the vore could never dry. Neither the washer, nor the dryer seemed to be able to handle getting rid of the wetness that they absorbed .. How can I avoid this? I love feather pillows, but believing I could never wash them, mine go from human, to pets to compost :(

  • Karen Deer Karen Deer on May 04, 2020

    I have "chicken feather" pillows from my grandmother that my husband lives to sleep on, but they smell terrible!! Can you wash/dry "chicken feather" pillows in the washer/dryer???? Help!!

  • Angelo Angelo on Dec 18, 2020 then do U clean any other pillow???


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