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We are looking to put into use some of our wedding gift cards and such to upgrade our bedding situation.
First I was wondering, do any of you guys wash your actual pillows? Not the cases, like the real deal? I’ve been reading up and it seems doable depending on the fill thats used but drying seems like a pain, and could get moldy..any suggestions or experiences?
Also do you have a favorite pillow that you would recommend> Like weird space foam memory stuff, down pillow, chiropractic etc? You swear by Sealy..etc etc
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You can wash and dry your pillows, but you have to make sure you get the pillows REALLY dry. And it also helps to toss a few (clean) tennis balls in the dryer with them. The sound is awful, but it helps them stay evenly fluffy.
I don’t wash our pillows really. We use pillow protectors underneath the pillowcase to 1) protect us from allergens and mites and things and 2) to protect the pillow from getting as dirty.
I don’t really have a favorite pillow, though. Ours aren’t anything fancy. 🙂
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@KatNYC2011: Ah yes, I have been stalking those contour foamy things! Thanks, good to know costco has them! I was looking for some real life reviews!
@Gemstone: lol I kept reading about tennis balls…hmmm I’m still trying to understand how that helps but , hey, if it works I’m down for a game of dryer tennis!
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@Eva Peron: I don’t know exactly, except that it does work. I’ve done it with throw pillows and down coats (it said to do so right on the label!).
Basically, with the balls tossing around, it doesn’t allow all of the stuffing to bunch up on one side. It keeps the stuffing more balanced.
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We have tempur-pedic pillows and we are in LOVE with them! Seriously, the best pillows and beds ever.
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@Eva Peron: Well i can tell you they are fantastic. They support my neck whether I’m on my back or side. Probably not the best for stomach sleepers, but great if you sleep on your side or you back.
I have a history of waking up with a crick in my neck, but since getting this pillow I don’t ever wake up with a stiff neck.
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Yep I wash my pillows every six months when I flip the mattress. It’s pretty easy and you just use balls in the drier to help move it around. I have super bad allergies and know when I need to wash them.
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@kelmac: Oooo I will have to look into that! We want a new bed too…lol
@KatNYC2011: Fabulous! My husband has neck/back problems and we are back side sleepers so this may work out well.
@PinkMagnolia: Yay! okay you are doing the balls successfully lol
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@Eva Peron: I got the contour memory foam from Costco that KatNYC2011 mentioned. Just a warning, I had to air out the pillow because I developed an allergic reaction to it when I first used it. It actually tells you to air it out before you first use it right on the box… but who reads the pillow box, lol. I’ve had it for almost a year now and no more allergic reactions.
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@MapleMoose: Yeah, forgot about that. I didn’t have an allergic reaction, but it did smell funny for a bit.
Once it airs out, it’s fantastic.
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I wash my actual pillows about twice a year in hot water with bleach. I don’t know if that’s what you’re ‘supposed’ to do or not – but I don’t like the idea of never washing them and any more than that seems a little excessive. I agree with everyone else – make sure they get really dry. I sometimes have to wash and dry them individually, depending on the size of the washing machine.
I bought Calvin Klein pillows bc they were on sale, but they were too firm for me and I had to get a special pillow for side sleepers, I forget the brand. Darling Husband is fine on anything, but I am like the princess and the pea.
Post # 14
I’ve heard of sticking pillows in the dryer without washing them (I think to kill dust mites). I’ve never done it but I use pillow protectors.
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I wash mine! They are Calvin Klein and I just follow the directions on the label. I dry them without tennis balls and have never had a problem.
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i have no joke over 12 pillows on my bed. all king size down pillows of all degrees, soft, medium, hard. I always buy them on sale at least 50% off. I can’t stand those hyperallergenic allergy free fake down pillows. I wash my pillows at least once or twice a month because I have cats that like to sleep in my room and their dander builds up even IF i use protectors. I just toss them in like I do my other laundry and sometimes I will send them through the rinse cycle twice to get the water out and dry them twice.