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Old November 21 2011, 04:15 PM   #1
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Can you put pillows in the washing machine?

I have pillows from my bed. They're... dirty.

How do you wash pillows? Can you put them in a washing machine or is this bad for them, the machine and further nearly impossible to dry them in the dryer?

Please tell me I don't have to buy new pillows. I don't want to have to break in pillows, these pillows are perfectly worn and comfortable.
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Old November 21 2011, 04:17 PM   #2
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Re: Can you put pillows in the washing machine?

You can stick them in the wash. They usually, but not always, survive. Drying them is also not much of a problem.
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Old November 21 2011, 04:23 PM   #3
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Re: Can you put pillows in the washing machine?

I've washed my pillows before and have been quite pleased with the reults. They are foam pillows though. I'm not sure I would try it with feather pillows.
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Old November 21 2011, 04:28 PM   #4
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Re: Can you put pillows in the washing machine?

You can dry feather pillows, but be sure to check your lint trap afterwards as it will be chock-full of lint and feathers.
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Old November 21 2011, 04:38 PM   #5
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Re: Can you put pillows in the washing machine?

Just check the tags, but yeah, I throw my pillows in the washer. A front-loader is probably best so you don't have a spindle rubbing against it, but I've never had a pillow fall apart from that.
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Old November 21 2011, 04:50 PM   #6
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Re: Can you put pillows in the washing machine?

Yeah, the tags are my pillows are long gone, which probably mean I'll go to prison or something. But they feel like they're foam pillows -certainly aren't feather- so I'll give them a shot.
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Old November 21 2011, 05:13 PM   #7
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Re: Can you put pillows in the washing machine?

I wouldn't worry too much about new pillows. They have such a vast choice in most decent size department stores that you'll be sure to find equal or better than your own. I've had pillows come out okay after machine washing, and others that became lumpy and unsalvageable, it's going to be a throw of the dice without tags.

I was very sad about having to replace my last set of pillows, as I was sure they couldn't be beaten, but was surprised to find something even better! And the quality of my sleep is still thanking me for it. You never know what you might find...
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Old November 21 2011, 05:14 PM   #8
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Re: Can you put pillows in the washing machine?

I've never had a problem washing my pillows.
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Old November 21 2011, 05:15 PM   #9
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Re: Can you put pillows in the washing machine?

I wash mine on express wash, but very hot. Mine are foam. Front loader washer.
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Old November 21 2011, 08:56 PM   #10
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Re: Can you put pillows in the washing machine?

Washing is fine, if you put them in the dryer put a couple of tennis balls in with them, they will beat the stuffing down so it doesn't clump up.



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Old November 21 2011, 09:13 PM   #11
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Re: Can you put pillows in the washing machine?

The topic is timely however, as I need to have mine cleaned soon. I have feather pillows, and would not want to stick them in the washer-dryer. I suspect all the feathers would just clump together and never really dry out.

I seem to recall watching a programme where someone recommended that if you do stick them in a machine, use the most gentle wash programme you have, and stick a couple of tennis balls in there too, so there's something solid-ish to keep fluffing them up and moving the contents about evenly while they're in there.

I asked my local dry cleaner how they clean pillows. She said that the best way they do it is to actually slice open the old pillow-covering, ozone the feathers, and then sew them into a brand new pillow-covering. Same for duvets. She reckoned there was just too much chance of clumping if you try cleaning the pillow in the usual way.

Of course, foam pillows may be different.
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Old November 21 2011, 10:31 PM   #12
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Re: Can you put pillows in the washing machine?

No tags? I'm calling the FBI...
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Old November 21 2011, 10:41 PM   #13
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Re: Can you put pillows in the washing machine?

For what it's worth... I once put my pillows in the washin' machine.

It wasn't the best of ideas that I've had.

IDK how you guys got it to work well, but my own pillows came out misshapen, and they would not "fluff it out" to resume their original form.
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Old November 21 2011, 10:49 PM   #14
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Re: Can you put pillows in the washing machine?

Well, my pillows came out.... mostly okay. Though it does seem the foam stuff inside of them has bunched or clumped up during the washing machine process.
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Old November 21 2011, 11:28 PM   #15
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Re: Can you put pillows in the washing machine?

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For what it's worth... I once put my pillows in the washin' machine.

It wasn't the best of ideas that I've had.

IDK how you guys got it to work well, but my own pillows came out misshapen, and they would not "fluff it out" to resume their original form.
That's because it wasn't a pillow. It was the cat.
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