Down Pillow Fact Sheet
What You Need to Know:
Down pillows are made from animal products. The back, wing and chest feathers of geese and ducks are used. Unlike pillows filled with man-made fibers, down pillows can be rejuvenated and re-cased. Down pillows are available in a variety of densities, and sizes range from standard to king.
One of the main benefits of using a down pillow is its ability to form to the curve of your head and neck, providing customized support. Down pillows breathe easily and allow airflow around the head and neck.
Down pillows can last up to 20 years with proper care and cleaning. Use a zippered pillow protector and pillowcase to cover the pillow. This will keep natural body oils from absorbing into the feathers. Store unused down pillows in a breathable bag, as plastic storage bags will trap moisture and increase chances for mildew.
If the pillow is soiled, check the label for washing instructions. Machine washable down pillows require two additional rinse cycles to remove soap residue and two additional spin cycles to remove excess water. Use a low heat setting to dry the pillow, stopping to hand fluff every 20 minutes. Pillows are dry when no lumps can be felt.
Allergies are a common problem when selecting a down pillow. Since these pillows are stuffed with a natural animal product, those with allergies to waterfowl should avoid natural down pillows. Hypoallergenic-treated down pillows may be suitable for those with mild allergies, and down alternative pillows are available for those with more severe allergies.