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How To Wash Fluffy Pillows

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

Fluffy pillows provide a cosy and comfortable relaxation experience. Many people even choose to sleep with them, not me, they tickle my nose too much. Over time, they can become dirty, flat, and lose their original fluffiness.

Regular washing of fluffy pillows is essential to maintain their cleanliness and restore their softness.

But how do you wash fluffy pillows properly? Many people struggle with this for 2 reasons:

  • They damage the fluffy material

  • inappropriate washing techniques are used which lead to bad odours

In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of washing fluffy pillows, ensuring they come out clean, fresh, and as fluffy as ever.

By following these techniques, you can revitalize your pillows and enjoy a luxurious night's sleep.

The Ultimate Guide to Washing Fluffy Pillows

Assessing Pillow Materials

Before diving into the washing process, it's important to assess the materials used in your fluffy pillows.

Different materials, such as down, down alternative, or synthetic fibres, may require specific care instructions. This step will help you determine the most suitable washing method for your pillows.

Preparing for Washing

  • Reading Care Labels: Check the care labels on your fluffy pillows for specific washing instructions. Some may be machine washable, while others may require hand washing or professional cleaning.

  • Spot Treatment: Inspect the pillows for any visible stains or spills. Spot treat these areas with a mild detergent or stain remover, following the instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Washing Methods

Once you have determined what your fluffy pillows are made of, it's time to pick a washing technique. Hand washing is always the safest option, however, machine washing is also fine except in the cases of memory foam pillows.

Machine Washing

Most fluffy pillows can be safely machine washed. Place two pillows in the machine to maintain balance and allow them to move freely. If you don't have 2, use the tennis balls trick. Place 2 tennis balls wrapped in white socks into the washing machine with your fluffy pillow.

Use a mild detergent and select the gentle or delicate cycle with a large load capacity. Add an extra rinse cycle to ensure all detergent is removed.

Once the cycle is complete, remove the pillows and squeeze out excess water without wringing or twisting. Repeat the process if you have more pillows.

Hand Washing

If your fluffy pillows are delicate or not suitable for machine washing, you can opt for hand washing.

Fill a basin or sink with lukewarm water and add a small amount of mild detergent. Gently agitate the pillows in the soapy water, paying attention to stained areas.

Rinse thoroughly with clean water until all detergent is removed. Squeeze out excess water without twisting or wringing. For a full guide, check out our "How to hand wash your pillow" guide.

Drying and Fluffing

Air Drying: It is best to air dry fluffy pillows to retain their fluffiness. Lay them flat on a clean towel or drying rack in a well-ventilated area. Fluff the pillows periodically during the drying process to prevent clumping and help them keep their shape.

Tumble Drying: If machine drying is suitable for your pillows, use a low heat or air-only setting. Add dryer balls or clean tennis balls to the dryer to aid in fluffing and prevent clumping. Check the pillows frequently to ensure they don't overheat and remove them as soon as they are fully dry.

Read our guide on 'how to dry fluffy pillows' for a full breakdown.

Maintaining Fluffiness

To maintain the fluffiness of your pillows between washes, consider the following tips:

  • Regular Fluffing: Give your pillows a good fluffing and shaking daily to redistribute the filling and prevent them from becoming flat.

  • Pillow Protectors: Using pillow protectors helps protect your pillows from dirt, oils, and stains, extending their lifespan and reducing the frequency of washing.

  • Proper Storage: Store your fluffy pillows in a cool, dry place when not in use. Avoid compressing them under heavy objects or in tight spaces, as this can affect their fluffiness.


Washing fluffy pillows is a necessary step in maintaining their cleanliness, freshness, and overall comfort.

By assessing the pillow materials, following the appropriate washing techniques, and taking care during the drying process, you can restore their softness and fluffiness.

Remember to read the care labels, spot treat stains, and fluff the pillows regularly. With these simple steps, you'll be able to enjoy your fluffy pillows for a long time, ensuring a restful and luxurious sleep experience.

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