I’ve washed down pillows with no ill effect. I tend to do it at the laundromat, though, where there’s lots of room in the machine for them.
And with this, folks, I’m calling it a day on pillow questions for a while.
invertsugar replied to your post: I know you answered some questions about keeping pillowcases clean, but any tips on cleaning actual pillows? I’ve tried all my go-to laundry tips (Oxy-clean, Clear Choice, Soaking) and using Baking Soda got rid of most of the odor, they still look gross.
what is a pillow cover? it is something different than a pillow case??
Something like this. Goes over the pillow, under the pillowcase.
They may be permanently discolored. As long as you’ve neutralized the odor, I’d call it a win. To prevent future staining, I’d suggest pillow covers in between the pillow and the case. These are washable and really help with the life of your pillows.
Wash your pillows once a season or so.
And we talked about the sweaty head thing yesterday.
Pillows are washable, even down ones. (Some foam ones, notably memory foam, don’t hold up well to washing, but regular pillows are just fine.)
Febreze is perfume for filth. Useless.
Throw them in the washer with detergent and some bleach or OxiClean, and wash on hot. If they don’t smell when they come out, go ahead and dry them. If you’re somewhere that’s hot right now, dry them outside in the sun if you can. If you use the dryer, you can throw a few clean tennis balls in there to help fluff them up, but who the fuck has clean tennis balls hanging around? Set the dryer in ten-minute increments, take them out, fluff ‘em up, and repeat until they’re dry.
OxiClean is pretty great for this, or you can try pre-soaking the pillowcase in a sinkful of warm water and dish soap (the kind designed to cut through grease!), then a good rinse and launder as usual.