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Can you wash feather pillows in the washing machine?

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CheddarandMarmite Thu 11-Oct-12 08:47:38

DD has just managed to wee all over DH's pillow (in the time it took me to place her on the bed in her towel and walk across the room to get a nappy).

Pillow is a feather one, no washing instructions. Weather here is v drizzly, but do have a tumble drier.

Or should I just throw it out and treat DH to a new pillow?

DialMforMummy Thu 11-Oct-12 08:51:24

Yes, I have done it. I did not tumble dry though. They wash beautifully. I used a delicate wash on the delicate cycle.

calypso2008 Thu 11-Oct-12 08:52:19

I would like to know the answer to this too - my pillow says do not wash, but I won't dry clean it, and it was expensive... I was thinking I would have to buy a new one.

calypso2008 Thu 11-Oct-12 08:53:36

Oh brilliant! So delicate wash and air dry?

SoggyMoggy Thu 11-Oct-12 08:54:10

Yep! They can be washed. Use just a little bit of detergent. Sometimes I run my through a second rinse/spin cycle just to be sure the soap's out. Then tumble dry them with some trainers/plimsoles/whathaveyou. That'll fluff them up as it goes.

mummmsy Thu 11-Oct-12 08:55:28

I did this only a few days ago. 30 degree wash, tumble dry for ages - keep an eye on it though because my dryer got extremely hot! If you have those spikey dryer ball things stick those in too to help it regain shape.

Pillows are fluffy and smell great!

imperialstateknickers Thu 11-Oct-12 08:55:33

I've washed a feather duvet before, I found I got better, fluffier results if I dried it in a tumble. Worth a try - got to be cheaper than buying a new one!

mummmsy Thu 11-Oct-12 08:55:49

not that I peed on my dh's pillow, just that i washed a feather pillow obviously!

CheddarandMarmite Thu 11-Oct-12 08:57:56

Thanks! So is tumble drying not recommended then? Doesn't it smell manky if it doesn't dry quickly enough? I imagine it will take a fair while to air dry, given the weather.

mummmsy Thu 11-Oct-12 09:00:29

no,no definitely dry in the tumble dryer - I imagine it would take forever to dry otherwise and end up a bit fusty...

CheddarandMarmite Thu 11-Oct-12 09:03:41

Oops, cross posted with lots of people saying I could tumble dry it!
Thank you all, will go and stick it in the machine now.

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