How to Fluff Down Pillows

Published April 28, 2010 | Updated June 30, 2015

After a long day, there's nothing quite like sinking your head into a fluffy down pillow. Pillows filled with down are incredibly luxurious, but without the proper care, their comfort level can be seriously deflated. To keep your bed pillows from going flat, getting lumpy, or breeding allergens, there are a few simple steps you can take. Learn how to fluff down pillows and prepare to reach a level of comfort worthy of a dream!

Fluffing Down Pillows:

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Things You'll Need
Zippered pillow covers
Fabric softener sheets
2 clean tennis balls
  1. Maintain the Fluff

    Every morning when you get out of bed, fluff up your down pillows. This will allow the down to breathe during the day, ensuring the pillows stay light and feathery.

  2. Put Them in the Dryer

    At least once a month, put your down pillows in the clothes dryer. Be sure they're protected by zippered covers, so loose feathers don't come out in the dryer.

  3. Use a Fabric Softener Dryer Sheet

    Slightly moisten a fabric softener dryer sheet and put it in the dryer with the pillows. This will keep your down pillows smelling fresh, in addition to fluffing them.

  4. Beat Them with Tennis Balls

    Put two clean tennis balls in the dryer with the down pillows. As the dryer spins, the balls will beat out any clumped areas in the pillows. If you don't have tennis balls handy, you can also try using a clean pair of tennis shoes or flip-flops.

  5. Air Dry Only

    Set the dryer for air-dry only -- too much heat can give an unpleasant smell to down and may even burn the filling of your bed pillow -- and dry the down pillows for ten minutes. Air drying will remove any trace moisture that may be in the pillows, helping you prevent mildew growth in the down filling.

  6. Air Them Out Regularly

    Every few months, on a sunny, clear day, lay your pillows outside on a table or drape them over a clothes line. Fluff them up several times and turn after about an hour. The heat will dry out any slight moisture. In addition, the sun and fresh air will give your pillows a wonderfully clean smell.