You can easily wash them once a year, and kill bacteria, dust mites, as well as, keep clean off dirt, dust, oils, and sweat.
So, without further ado, let’s get right into the cleaning mission.
Cleaning Feather Pillows
I will explain how you can wash your feather pillow in the simplest way possible.
1. Inspect the Pillow First
Before proceeding, you need to inspect the condition of the outer shell, and the fillings inside the pillow.
If the pillow is inside of a pillowcase, be sure to take it out. Check along the seams for any tears or rips. If you find any, you need to sew them up before washing.
Whenever you are about to wash feather pillows, make sure you wash two pillows at the same time. It helps to balance things inside the washer.
If your pillows are too large to fit in the drum, consider squeezing them to get the air out and then put them in the drum.
Try to avoid a top-loading washer, as the agitator most likely to damage your pillows. You can get one from a laundromat. If you don’t have any other option, consider putting the pillows vertically to avoid getting tangled in the agitator.
When it comes to washing pillows, always use less detergent than you usually pour to prevent residue and buildup. Also, using liquid detergent instead of powder, this prevents from building up and residue as well.
As pillows are bulky, the less detergent you will use, the less you will have to rinse.
Set the washing machine to a gentle or delicate cycle. A full wash-cycle will irreversibly mat the fillings or smash the quills. If you use hot water, it will kill bacteria as well as dust mites inside the pillow. However, if you are afraid of hot water causing any damage to the feathers, consider using warm or cold water instead.
When you are done, use an extra rinse and spin cycles to get the most soap residue and moisture out of the pillows.
If you prefer hand-washing the pillows, wash them for 15 to 20 minutes using all-natural soap or liquid detergent. Then, rinse them three times in warm water to spin-off as much as liquid and water. Make sure you don’t squeeze them.
After finishing the washing process, take the pillows out of the machine. Place them between towels, and hard press down on the pillows. Let the towel soak any extra water. Again, don’t twist or squeeze the pillows.
Now, into the dryer. Again, use a gentle or delicate cycle with low to zero-heat. If you set a low-heat setting, it will dry the pillows faster, but might damage the feathers. Using the no-heat setting will take longer to dry, but there will be no damage to the feathers.
Put two tennis/wool/canvas dryer balls to evaporate the moisture and fluff the feathers. To make the pillows dry as dust, you need to operate the drying machine about two to three times. You can also add a thick towel to soak up the water faster.
Be sure to pull out the pillows periodically in between the cycles to fluff them. Beat the pillows to break up clumps inside the pillows. Use your hands to distribute the filling evenly within the shell.
You have to set the air-only setting towards the end of the cycle if you previously used the low-heat setting. It will prevent the pillow from overheating.
When you take the pillows out, if there are still any clumps inside the pillows, you need to fluff them further. To do that, hold two corners of a pillow and shake it up and down for a while. Do the same thing on the other side.
Once the pillows are completely dry, cover them with pillowcases. Don’t cover the pillows if there is any dampness. Otherwise, it will cause mildew or rot.
Treating Stains, Yellowing, Mildew, and Odors (Useful home-solution to such issues).
To Whiten the Pillows
Add 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide with half a cup of white vinegar and pour directly into the drum. Set the machine to a ‘soak’ cycle. Once the soaking cycle is finished, add detergent. It will remove the stains and whiten your feather pillows.
To Treat Odors
For a front-loading washer, use 45 grams; and for a top-loading washer, use 90 grams of baking soda and add to the detergent compartment. Set the ‘soak’ cycle to get rid of odours.
Baking soda can also help to get rid of stains.
To Treat Mold and Mildew
Add 1 cup of white vinegar into the detergent compartment. It may also help to remove odours, as well.
Use Essential Oil
You can add a few drops of essential oil such as lavender, vanilla, or rosemary into the rinse cycle. It will give a subtle and pleasant scent.
If you notice the pillows smell musty, in that case, leave them out in the sun for hours. The sunlight, fresh air, as well as heat, will kill bacteria that causing the odour. Your pillow will smell much more refreshing.
Consider Getting Pillow Protectors
There are padded pillowcases available in the market that protect the pillow itself. You need to put it over the pillows. And then put your conventional pillowcase over it. The protector will keep your pillow clean for a long time and also prevent staining.
Tips for Washing Feather Pillows
Choose a low-humidity and sunny day for washing the pillow. The pillow will dry much quicker. If you air-dry the pillow in a high-humid environment, it will take longer to dry.
• Use a washable pillow cover so that the pillow stays as clean as possible. Changing or washing the pillowcase once a week will do the trick for you.
• Don’t put your head on feather pillows with wet hair. Keep the pillow as dry as possible to prevent mildew.
• To freshen your feather pillow, place in a tumble dryer setting a low-heat. You can air-cycle for about 10 minutes as well.
• If you have less expensive all-feather pillows, then consider dry-cleaning them. Washing the feathers will trap moisture and may ruin your pillow.
Reusing and Recycling Tips
You can reuse and recycle your old feather pillow in very efficient ways.
• Reuse the older pillow and create sprawling floor cushions.
• Your old pillow can be a good companion of your furry pets inside the house. Surely, it would be a piece of luxury for them.
• Old feather pillows can be used as packing filler.
• You can DIY and fashion the throw-cushions without any cost.
• Use it as a gardening cushion, instead of spending for a knee cushion.
• And of course, there are textile recycling facilities near your location that work to reduce carbon emissions.
It’s cost-efficient to DIY wash your feather pillows on holidays instead of seeking the help of local bedding renovation companies. Be sure to use a pillow protector to make a barrier between dirt, sweat, stains, allergens, and dust mites. It will increase the lifespan of the pillow.