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I am about to wash feather pillows in the washing machine

24 replies

Enid · 20/11/2006 12:18

cos Kim and Aggie said you can

am sure our pillows are manky and yuck

would love to replace the lot to be honest

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TheHighwayCod · 20/11/2006 12:18

go on
buy somewnew

TheHighwayCod · 20/11/2006 12:18

i am a dunloopillow freak

TheHighwayCod · 20/11/2006 12:19


Enid · 20/11/2006 12:22

we have a latex mattress thingy

is fab

dh will ONLY have down pillows doncha know

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Fauve · 20/11/2006 12:23

I do feather pillows in the machine. No probs

clumsymum · 20/11/2006 12:25

Surely you can't was feather pillows at all?

They'll go all yukky, and dry flat and lumpy?

I buy foam pillows so I can wash them (ever since ds spewed on mine when he was a baby)

Enid · 20/11/2006 12:26

ooh that CElestial one looks gorge

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TheHighwayCod · 20/11/2006 12:27

i find feahter oensa r great for baout 20 mins
then shite

JanH · 20/11/2006 12:28

They will come out clumped but my down coat used to do that - when it was dry it went in the dryer with a tennis ball and that unclumped the feathers, should work with pillows too.

MrsBadger · 20/11/2006 12:30

Enid you'll be fine if you have a dryer and do the tennis ball trick as suggested by Jackie.

We take the feather ones (an duvets etc) to the laundrette about once a year (billed as a Treat and/or Exciting Day Out) because we don't have a dryer.

JackieNo · 20/11/2006 12:33

(MrsBadger - are you psychic? I considered posting the tennis ball thing, even typed out the post, but decided someone else would surely do it - but You Knew )
Or did you just misread JanH's name.

MrsBadger · 20/11/2006 12:35

I misread JanH's name - saw the J and the sensible advice and thought it must be you!

JackieNo · 20/11/2006 12:36
eldestgirl · 20/11/2006 12:43

Wash all mine and dry no prob. Smell lovely after they have been in the dryer (but a bit barnyardy when they come out of the w machine)

Enid · 20/11/2006 12:45

oh I have no tennis balls!

what else can I use

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JackieNo · 20/11/2006 12:48

Got any kids' Doodles? Wash them with the pillows and put them in the dryer with them? (not really sure if this will work - can you tumble dry Doodles or will you end up with melted rubber all over your pillows?)

MrsBadger · 20/11/2006 12:50

(US sites seem to recommend a clean tennis shoe or sneaker, but not on a hot setting - I'd get the pillows nearly dry by themsleves then turn down heat and add trainer)

Enid · 20/11/2006 15:38

it puffed up alarmingly in the washer

like Woody Allens instant pudding in Sleeper

I put it in the dryer when I walked to school

came back to find a terrible smell and the dryer half fallen off the shelf

have binned pillow and fully intend to buy new ones instead of the washing lark

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MrsBadger · 20/11/2006 15:42

oh dear...

JanH · 20/11/2006 16:08

Ah - just realised I should have suggested putting a towel in the washer with it to batter it into submission - oh dear.

You wanted a new one anyway really, didn't you!

Enid · 20/11/2006 17:18

why did it puff up sooooooo much? it really is bizarre

I have put it int hte sink to show dh

it has gone HUGE

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MrsBadger · 20/11/2006 17:30

Is it the size of a new feather pillow?
They're always huge when you buy them (I remember cramming one into a trekking rucksack to get it home from JL many years ago) and get flatter and flatter with use.
Maybe it just got the plumping of its life...

Enid · 20/11/2006 21:07

dh pissed himself

it is in the sink looking like a turkey

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JanH · 20/11/2006 21:10

I think it's just air - try sitting on it.

(It shouldn't have gone into the dryer wet btw )

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