Testing & Washing Bed Pillows
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.
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.
#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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Leslie on Dec 17, 2020
You reminded me of my Grandmothers bed pillows best in the world to sleep on. Not sure how she cleaned them but I do remember that she and my Mother always put on zippered pillow case protectors on all the bed pillows which I still do now. Unfortunately I inherited those pillows and didn't ask how to clean them put them in the washer and the dead duck smell never left. Shame on me. Would love pillows like that again and maybe will see how much down /goose feathers are. Those pillows always had the blue striped ticking. Thank you for your info, I always like to learn something new :)
Marty Ayers on Dec 17, 2020
A good feather pillow is worth investing in a breathable, waterproof protector... we bought them at the same time that we bought the mattress protector.... and they have really made the expense worth while. The pillow itself is protected from sweat (or drool... brown stains on the fabric) and the protector can be taken off and washed... just DON'T use fabric softener. Ours were purchased at Sleep America... but I found similar ones made by SafeRest... available on Amazon. My mother used to put a lightly starched... but not stiff... zippered pillow case on her pillows... under the pillow case that matched the sheets (the dirt and sweat stick to the starch ** and is washed away when the pillow case is washed and dried)
I believe that feather pillows can be dried on a low/very low setting.... just do one at a time and put in 3 or 4 tennis balls with them... the balls bouncing around in the dryer beat up the lumps of wet feathers
** NOTE: you can put one or several light coats of spray starch on your white canvas tennis shoes... and it will protect them from dirt and scuffs... white shoe polish works well too....