How To Effectively Wash Your Pillows Without Losing Their Fluff

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I’m just going to go ahead and open this up with what I can only describe as disturbing news. According to HGTV, after two years of use, 1/3 of your pillow’s weight is made up of dead skin cells, bugs, dust mites, and “droppings.”

I’ll give you just a minute to let that sink in.

Now that you know this fact, it’s time to do something about it– but pillows are just one of things no one is quite sure how to wash effectively without ruining it or causing it never be as fluffy as it once was.

Next time you’re washing your sheets, go ahead and give your pillows a deep clean, too, by following this easy technique:


First, strip your pillow of any casing or covering and put it in the wash on a delicate cycle with a little bit of detergent. If you can, change the water to the “warm” setting, and select that you want an extra rinse (again, if your washer allows) and begin the cycle.

When it’s done, transfer it to your dyer and throw in a couple of tennis balls so that the pillow will fluff evenly. Again, put it on a delicate cycle! When it’s all said and done, you’ll be left with a fresh, fluffy pillow free of “dust mites and droppings.” Do this to any of your pillows you sleep with once every three months.

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