If you have never washed down or feather pillow you may be wondering whether putting them in the washing machine is such a good idea. But, don't worry! Machine washing feather and down pillows are possible, is easy, and, is recommendable! By machine washing your feather or down pillow you are not just doing a favor to your health and hygiene. You are also restoring the pillows former glory. So, how is it done? Let's see.
First of all, choose the detergent for your feather and down pillow carefully. It should be very mild and gentle. We recommend getting an extra sensitive detergent for baby clothes. This kind of detergents should be without any additives or aggressive chemicals which is very important in this case. So, after getting a gentle detergent also choose a gentle cycle. Now, here is one advice that we consider to be important. It's better if your feather and down pillow can have a friend in the washing machine. So, instead of washing just one feather pillow, put two of them. This will help during the spin cycle.
Water temperature shouldn't be too hot. You can also use some fabric softener, just also go with a gentle one and don't go overboard with it. As for the drying part is concerned, don't expect it to happen fast. These kinds of pillows need their time to get completely dry. Plus, it can be dangerous for your health if they don't dry properly. So, don't hurry up the process and use multiple cycles. Also, there is a pretty famous hack for drying feather and down pillows that you probably already heard of – the tennis balls trick! A couple of clean tennis balls can come in very handy when drying the feather and down pillows.
These pillows cannot be machine washed. You can gently spot-clean them, or try to hand-wash them. Hand-washing these pillows are the ultimate line you mustn’t cross. Washing machines and dryers can ruin foam pillows. But, even when hand washing them, you shouldn’t sink them in a tub completely! It would be the best to thoroughly clean them with a moist gentle cloth. Very often, you might encounter a pillow that combines a cooling gel to ensure a “cooler side of the pillow” with a memory foam. We reviewed Simba Hybrid pillow so take a look at it.
These kinds of pillows are easier to hand wash then the previous ones. Don’t machine wash or tumble dry these pillows. Also, avoid completely sinking these pillows in the tub.
Don’t wash these pillows! You can spot-clean them, though.
These pillows are pretty easy to machine wash and dry. Just use a mild detergent and warm water that is not too hot. Cotton pillows are easy to maintain and hard to ruin.
Just as cotton pillows, these ones are also easy to wash. Just, in this case, use the special detergent that is suitable for wool. Also, choose the cycles and water temperature that are wool-friendly.
It’s best not to even try to introduce water to your buckwheat pillow! A large amount of water or moisture can ruin these pillows. And, about machine washing, well, don’t even think about that. These pillows would not leave the washing machine the same.
Yes, these pillows can be washed, but be more careful and gentler with them than with the cotton ones. These are a bit more sensitive. So, choose a gentle cycle, cold or lukewarm water (not too hot) and a mild detergent. Don’t put a lot of detergent, though.
A clean pillow is a happy pillow – always have this in mind. Pillows accumulate a lot of dust mites, stains, dead skin and other particles such as moist and skin oils. They should be cleaned at least twice a year. Just be careful about choosing the right cleaning method! As we saw, some pillows must never get completely wet. Some can be washed, but preferably hand-washed. Others can be machine washed just like a regular piece of clothes or bedding. So, let’s sum the thing up once more for the end!
Freshly washed and aired pillows are better for your health and for the beauty of your skin and hair. So, when doing the laundry, don’t forget the pillows! If you’re unsure if the pillow you’re using is right for you, check out our guide for choosing the right pillow, too.