It seems like it should be easy to fluff a pillow: just pat, squish, shake and it should be good as new…right?
About a year ago I received a set of new pillows as a gift and they were amazing! However, they’ve gradually lost their shape, becoming lumpy and uneven.
I did a little research to see if there was a magic trick to fluff a pillow that I had been missing. Pretty much every single post I came across on the subject suggested the same things.
Commonly Suggested Methods to Fluff Pillows
- Fluff by hand — either by grabbing each end and smashing together a few times or punching with your fist. Ok, well I’ve tried all that and I’ve still got lumpy pillows. Next!
- Lay out in the sun for a few hours — Supposedly lumpy pillows are caused by moisture, so if you leave your pillow outside for a while, the heat from the sun will evaporate the moisture and your pillow will poof back up on it’s own. I don’t know where these people live, but it is extremely humid in my part of Texas, so I’m worried this could have the opposite effect! Plus it can take a long time!
- Place in the dryer with a tennis ball wrapped in a sock — This idea essentially combines the first two methods: heat and hitting. However, tennis balls usually smell like rubber, and I wouldn’t want to smell that on my pillows!
- Place in dryer with a pair of shoes — What?! Yes, I’ve really seen this suggested. But…just…gross. Clean shoes or not. Gross.
None of these methods to fluff pillows appeal to me; they’re either impractical or just kind of yucky. I don’t want something that takes a lot of time and effort and I don’t want them to end up smelling like old rubber.
My Favorite Method to Fluff Pillows
You need two things:
- Woolzies wool dryer balls — These are also what I use for our regular laundry in place of chemical-laden fabric softener sheets. One set of Woolzies lasts for up to 1000 loads!
- Lavender essential oil (or your favorite fragrance) — I prefer lavender because it is supposed to promote better sleep. Plus I think it smells heavenly!
To fluff pillows, simply toss on low heat with a few Woolzies fabric softener balls (I use 3-4). I squirt 4-5 drops of lavender essential oil on one of the Woolzies beforehand. Check on your pillows after 10-15 minutes and they should be good to go! Keep fluffing if needed until you’ve got your desired results.
If washing pillows, use the same steps described above, but continue past 15 minutes until pillows are fully dry.
Let me tell you, nothing makes me happier than a freshly-made bed with fluffy pillows! There’s no reason not to have a beautiful bed every day!
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