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Washing pillow mishap
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Post# 965869   11/3/2017 at 20:41 (324 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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Washed a small/standard bed pillow and a mattress pad in the F&P TL.† Blood stain on the pad, sweat stains on the pillow so needed enzyme soak.† Brief "Handwash" (very mild) agitation to mix up the detergent, Biz, and STPP, then 2 hr soak which does 5 agitation strokes (forward-back-forward-back-forward ... back-forward-back-forward-back ...) every 1 min.† Very little roll for the duration.

The pillow stuffing got rotated 90į inside the ticking.

That happened in the past with pillows in the Neptune TL so nevermore pillows in it.

Should have used the Calypso (it does very nicely with pillows) but another load was running in it and I wanted to get everything done.

Post# 965876 , Reply# 1   11/3/2017 at 21:30 (324 days old) by henene4 (Germany)        
Pillows in a TL

Always supposed that could cause issues or poor cleaning as pillows don't float well and are fairly boxy which inhibits rollover.

But spinning should be far easier. FLs take ages to balance pillows, with TLs you just arange them in a balanced fashion and they won't move out of position.

How is rinsing in a TL? Most FLs over here need 5+ rinses to get properly deep rinsed pillows.

Post# 965881 , Reply# 2   11/3/2017 at 22:56 (324 days old) by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        

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I've washed pillows in an SQ top loader with little trouble for the most part. I only once had an issue, for which I blame the pillow more. The SQ shredded it, the moral of the story is don't be a sucker and buy a "My-Pillow." The pillow was lousy anyway and the machine did me a favor and decided it was low quality enough to get rid of.

Post# 965882 , Reply# 3   11/3/2017 at 22:57 (324 days old) by mark_wpduet (Lexington KY)        
I've been so unsucessful

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washing pillows in the past, that I use 2 pillow covers and a pillow case on each pillow so the pillow itself is protected and I just take the covers off and wash them.

Post# 965886 , Reply# 4   11/3/2017 at 23:32 (324 days old) by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

I've been trying to talk myself into tossing my pillows in the wash, I usually do it once or twice a year, been busy so have not.  I only use feather pillows and they tend to flatten out with use, love them fresh out of the dryer.

Post# 965923 , Reply# 5   11/4/2017 at 06:37 (324 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Mark-- I do the same. Also, I purchase relatively inexpensive pillows and replace them rather than dealing with washing them. But double covering them goes a long way in keeping them clean and fresh-smelling.

Post# 966254 , Reply# 6   11/5/2017 at 18:34 (322 days old) by iej (Ireland)        
Pillows in a FL - Stuff the drum!

The solution to washing pillows in a front loader is quite simple - wash lots of them together!

I use hollow fibre pillows and find the best way of washing them is just put about 3 to 4 of them into a Miele W1 and select the duvets cycle.

Use a good liquid detergent and no softener and everything works fine.

Once the loads is broken into a few pieces i.e. multiple pillows, and the drum's fairly full there is absolutely no issue - it will distribute.

It can't distribute one pillow as it's one thing. It almost inevitably go into unbalanced mode unless it by fluke manages to get the pillow sitting across the back of the drum flat against the back.

You can buy pillows that have a zip-on / slip on outer cover that contains fibre / foam layers that will protect the inner core and can be washed much more easily and regularly.

Post# 967031 , Reply# 7   11/9/2017 at 13:45 (318 days old) by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

I've been washing pairs of pillows in standard size (24-inch) front-loaders for years without any problems (apart from when one feather pillow burst, jamming the machine solid!). Sometimes the foam-padded ones have ended up tangled inside the fabric, but it's easy enough to untangle them.

Post# 967033 , Reply# 8   11/9/2017 at 13:49 (318 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

Washing pillows is another job that front load machines tackle with ease and are far superior doing it. Not so with a top load machine for various reasons.

Post# 967037 , Reply# 9   11/9/2017 at 14:11 (318 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        
old pillows

are nasty. Why people insist on keeping them is beyond me. I've never washed a bed pillow and don't plan to start, and of course I use cotton pillow protectors.

Old pillows are like old mattresses, should be replaced regularly. I do mine annually.

Post# 967059 , Reply# 10   11/9/2017 at 18:03 (318 days old) by SPACEDOgb (Lafayette, LA)        

When you pay almost $200 for a pillow you tend to keep it for a while lol

Post# 967067 , Reply# 11   11/9/2017 at 18:36 (318 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        
If you pay $200 for a pillow

then you deserve to be married to it...still doesn't make it less nasty.

Post# 967071 , Reply# 12   11/9/2017 at 19:08 (318 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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So sorry for the gnasty image in your head.† I'd withdraw the post if I could.

Post# 967100 , Reply# 13   11/9/2017 at 23:03 (318 days old) by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

If you use cheap foam pillows by all means toss them every few months.  I prefer a feather/down pillow with their cost I'm not about to toss them, washing is not that difficult.

Post# 967124 , Reply# 14   11/10/2017 at 06:52 (318 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Same here, I love my feather pillows but I'm allergic to feathers.  So I wash them a couple of times a year on a 190F cycle in the Miele.  Haven't had any allergy problems since.

Post# 967125 , Reply# 15   11/10/2017 at 07:13 (318 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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My pillows are in an anti-dustmite cover, over that a thick flannel cover and then a satin pillow slip. I wash my pillows regularly, don't see the need for throwing them away after a year. Quite a waste of resources actually.

Post# 967198 , Reply# 16   11/10/2017 at 18:12 (317 days old) by jkbff (Happy Rock, ND)        

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I wash my MyPillow pillows once a month. I drool when I sleep. LOL

You should see the looks on customers faces when I say that... and then its like.. yea, I can relate..

They wash pretty nice in the neptune I'm using. Loved washing them in the Miele....

I wash two at a time so things don't walk around.

Ran them in the samsung top loader I just threw out and they'd just float and bob the entire cycle....

Run them through the dryer on two 60 minute cycles on low with 3 tennis balls and they dry pretty good.

Post# 967202 , Reply# 17   11/10/2017 at 18:46 (317 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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Iíve always washed our pillows. My current Maytag Centennial HE TL does a nice job on the bulky cycle, hot water. As it fills, the tub revolves so the pillows get thoroughly satuarated and stay under the water during the agitation, no billowing, like in traditional TLís. I wash two cal king pillows at once, no extra rinse. They have never gone out of balance. I run an extra spin after the cycle is complete to get them as dry as possible before putting them in the dryer. I dry them with six wool dryer balls for 60-70 mins on high and they are completely dry and fluffy. I never use fabric softener anymore, just wool dryer balls, with a few drops of Mandarin Orange essential oil.

Post# 967221 , Reply# 18   11/10/2017 at 20:12 (317 days old) by SPACEDOgb (Lafayette, LA)        

Donít plan to marry it, itís made to allow cpap mask and hose to pass through and not interfere with my sleep.

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