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Washing Bed Pillows

Just like your bed linens, the pillows need cleaning too. This is a guide about washing bed pillows.
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September 1, 2004

Ever washed your polyester filled pillows and get them out of the washer all mushed up in an odd shape? Well, do a little pre-wash work.

Take a darning needle and thread it with heavy yarn. Then run the yarn through both the cover and the filling and tie the same way you would tie a quilt.

Do this in different areas of your pillow and then toss in the wash. When it is done it should be in the same shape as when you threw it in. I never dry my pillows in the dryer but do hang them to dry on the clothesline.

Katz

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September 16, 20070 found this helpful

Tips for washing bed pillows. Post your ideas below.

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September 16, 20070 found this helpful

Wash bed pillows in a laundromat front loader washer. Because of their size, they need a lot of room to tumble.

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Marge from NY

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September 16, 20070 found this helpful

When you put them in the dryer, toss in a couple of tennis balls. It is noisy and annoying, but it fluffs up the pillows a mile high. Also works with comforters and parkas.

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September 16, 20070 found this helpful

Another thing you may want to do is to run long stitches from 1 side to the other to make sure that the filling doesn't shift or bunch, the stitches should be about 4 in. apart in a grid pattern and pull them fairly tight.

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September 17, 20070 found this helpful

Add one cup of white vinegar and 1/2 cup baking soda for extra deep cleaning.

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September 17, 20070 found this helpful

Ah, yes, be sure to check for sturdy seams....it is a lot of fun picking that batting out of the washer if they come loose! I just put two pillows in a load and do a normal wash. They come out very nice.

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By Laura (Guest Post)
September 19, 20070 found this helpful

I read that you should not add baking soda and vinegar together in the wash. They somehow cancel each other out, making them useless for getting anything clean.

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It was suggested that you add baking soda to the wash and then add vinegar to the rinse for more efficient cleaning.

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By daiquiri (Guest Post)
September 19, 20070 found this helpful

I usually use rubber bands to hold the corners of pillows and comforters instead of sewing. I have thrown in brand new flipflops when I couldn't find new tennis balls. They work fine.

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