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another pillow question! can you really machine wash down pillows? my google-fu seems to say yes, but all I've ever seen is horror stories about how it went horribly horribly wrong. also my mom always said not to wash it, and I tend to err on the side of her wisdom.
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

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.

Asker emynii Asks:
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.
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

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.

Any tips on keeping pillows from getting kinda grimy and gross? Obviously washing them and changing pillowcases, but is there anything else I can do? I have a partner who sweats a lot at night and it's hell on his pillows. (Also, how often should I wash the actual pillows?)
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Wash your pillows once a season or so.

And we talked about the sweaty head thing yesterday.

Asker amy-vic Asks:
My roommate is (still) in the hospital, and I've been trying to clean and de-funk his living space. (His bedroom is directly off our shared laundry room, and the smell is so bad that I literally gag every time I go downstairs.) Any tips on how to get that saturated-with-years-old sweat out of pillows, or should I just tell him when he comes home that he absolutely must buy new pillows, use pillow cases on all of them, and wash them at least once a month? A full bottle of Fabreeze barely helped.
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

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.

Asker sunreon Asks:
My s/o apparently has the greasiest head ever, and leaves huge grease stains on his pillowcase/pillow cover (I use a zipper cover under the case to make sure that it doesn't soak into the down pillow). I've tried throwing in vinegar with the wash, but it doesn't really help that much. Suggestions?
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

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.