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NotGoodNotBad Thu 23-May-13 17:04:52

Is there any way to get pillows clean? I wash them now and them but they sometimes end up lumpy and always end up stained eventually. Seems wasteful to keep throwing them out, but I don't really want to have grubby looking pillows. We use pillow protectors under the pillowcases but they also get stained eventually. Am I expecting too much here?

I usually buy hollow fibre pillows (no feathers etc. as we're allergic) though I'm going off these due to the going-lumpy-in-the-wash issue.

NotGoodNotBad Thu 23-May-13 19:19:23

Does nobody care about my pillows? sad

StickyProblem Thu 23-May-13 19:33:37

I care NGNB smile but I'm no use to you as mine go the same, so I'm watching with interest!

NotGoodNotBad Thu 23-May-13 20:03:56

Ha ha Sticky. Someone help us out here!

Notyetthere Thu 23-May-13 20:27:56

Yep marking my place as I suffer the same with my pillow.

I actually think no response as everyone has manky pillows! grin

Sunnyshores Thu 23-May-13 20:32:41

I dont know how long pillows are supposed to last, I started buying feather ones a few years ago as I tried loads of others and they only lasted a year (and one wash). The feather ones have been washed twice and are still OK, but not as good as they were - neither option is particularly cheap or eco-friendly so hoping someone has better ideas?

Pumpkinette Fri 24-May-13 00:18:03

My pillows also look manky even though they get washed frequently. (Although they must be about 8 years old now)I have some Argos overstuffed pillows and the fabric on the outside is just plain white cotton. The only way I know to get white cotton back to white is to bleach it. As I don't fancy bleaching my pillows I just live with manky looking pillows. You don't see them under the pillowcase anyway.

MrsApplepants Fri 24-May-13 00:23:26

Buy latex pillows. Dunlopillo. They are amazing, no lumps, wash after wash. After washing, dry in airing cupboard. They are v expensive though

Frontdoorstep Fri 24-May-13 07:59:47

I've also failed to wash pillows, they just go lumpy in the machine, now I don't even try to wash them, I just buy cheap pillows and throw them away after a while.

NotGoodNotBad Fri 24-May-13 09:00:56

It's not just the money (though obviously that is a consideration) - I hate to contribute to landfill if avoidable. Will look at Dunlopillo MrsApplepants - do they still stain though?

betterwhenthesunshines Fri 24-May-13 11:46:15

I work on the basis that if you have a good pillow protector that you wash regularly, you don't seem to get any stains (although DH's sweaty head leaves a general imprint hmm ). Even if you do, they are under the pillow protector and pillow case so not in contact with you anyway so it doesn't matter. I change our pillows about every 4 or 5 years but buy fairly decent ones.

If you plump a pillow and hold it on the palm of your hand it should not flop down on either side.

MrsApplepants Fri 24-May-13 14:59:44

I use pillow protectors with our dunlopillos but if they are marked, a quick spray with vanish before putting in the wash does the trick. They really are very good.

LeonardWentToTheOffice Sat 25-May-13 01:32:53

Dirty pillows grin

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