Both down and feather pillows provide the support and softness that we love. Besides, it is very easy to wash down and feather pillows. You can wash them in any size washing machine.
Avoid washing synthetic pillows because they come out lumpy. Many people throw the synthetic pillow in the garbage before buying a new one. However, you can wash duck or goose down pillows and feather pillows, and they come out of the wash beautifully. Washing down and feather pillows regularly can extend the life of them. Make sure to fully rinse and dry your pillows because of their thickness and density.
Reasons why pillows turn to yellow
- Pillows will turn yellow because of the sweat, and everyone’s pillow turns yellow to some extent.
- Heats will sweat night, and this is depending on how warm of a sleeper you are. Menopause and pregnancy are common contributors to night sweating.
- Besides, natural body oils from our head will be transferred to our pillows, then they begin to turn yellow.
- The pillow will turn to yellow if there is drooling.
Tips for washing down and feather pillows
- Use gentle soap without additives.
- To keep your washer balanced on the spin cycle, wash two pillows at a time.
- Use the fastest speed to take as much moisture out as possible.
- Wash pillows with cold water because some shrinkage of the fabric can occur with warm or hot water.
- To make sure all the soap is gone, you should add an extra rinse cycle.
- Use non-chlorine bleach to whiten it.
- Avoid using fabric softener because it can coat the down and feathers and reduce its fluff.
Tips for drying down and feather pillows
- Drying on low heat.
- Some shrinkage of the fabric can occur with warmer temperatures.
- Make sure to dry your pillow completely to prevent mold. Make sure the pillows are totally dry will keep them clean and fluffy for years to come. Be patient when drying since it takes multiple cycles depending on your machines.
- Hand fluff your pillows between each cycle. Although the pillows feel dry to the touch, they may still be damp inside. It’s always better to err on the side of more drying time than less.
- Add one to three clean tennis balls or dryer balls to speed up your dry time.
- Add a dryer sheet to freshen your pillow.
Re-fluff your new pillow since they get compressed in shipping. Or, follow these steps any time you want to revive your pillow between washings.
Washing pillows every six months. Maybe, you need to wash your husband’s pillow every three months. Like our beds, our pillows collect sweat, oil and saliva, weighing down the pillow and reducing its fluff. We don’t need to wash pillow as often as pillow case because our pillow cases and protective covers are catching most of these un-savories. Finally, however, we need a good washing.
Pros and cons of pillow protectors
Over time, our pillows get filled with skin cells, dirt, and dander. To keep your pillow cleaner for longer without having to wash it, you can use a pillow protector. In addition to the pillow case, you need to add one more layer on your pillow with a protector to reduce the pliability of your pillow somewhat. For many pillows, there is no issue. But, sometimes, users can’t get the feel they are looking for with a pillow protector and they really want a squishy pillow.
It is very easy to wash feather and down pillows. They will look and feel like new for up to 10 years with a couple washes per year.