Feather bed pillows can be washed at home to keep them smelling fresh and clean. Before you begin, check the pillow carefully for rips and tears. Mend them before you wash or you'll have a washer tub full of feathers!
Load two pillows into your washer to balance the machine. You may also need to add some towels to keep the washer operating smoothly. Use cold water and only a small amount of detergent on the gentle cycle. When the cycle is complete, run the pillows through the rinse cycle again to insure that all of the detergent is rinsed away.
Fluff the feathers before you put the pillows in the dryer. Add tennis balls or clean tennis shoes to help break up the clumps of feathers. The dryer should be set on medium heat. Stop the dryer every 15 minutes and re-fluff the pillows. It will take longer than a normal load to get the pillows completely dry.
It is a good idea to launder the pillows on a sunny day so that you can put them outside in the sun for a final dry.
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