How Do You Clean Bed Pillows?


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Wash polyester-filled bed pillows by mending any tears and running two pillows along with two bath towels through the cold-water cycle. Only use a small amount of detergent, and run a second rinse cycle to ensure the pillows are properly rinsed. Dry with two tennis balls on medium heat.

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  1. Mend any tears

    Carefully inspect the pillows for small tears. Mend them carefully to prevent the filling from coming out during the wash process.

  2. Load the washer

    Place two pillows opposite each other in the washing machine to keep it balanced. Add two bath towels between the two pillows to further balance the machine.

  3. Add detergent

    Pour 2 tablespoons of detergent into the washer. Pillows are difficult to rinse, so avoid adding too much.

  4. Wash in cold water

    Run a normal cold wash/cold rinse cycle.

  5. Run a second rinse cycle

    Run another rinse-only cycle in cold water. This removes the last detergent residue.

  6. Load the dryer

    Remove the pillows from the washing machine, and fluff. Place them in the dryer, and add two tennis balls.

  7. Run the dryer for 15 minutes intervals

    Turn the dryer on to medium. Every 15 minutes, remove the pillows and fluff them. Repeat until the pillows are completely dry.

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