How to Fluff a Pillow

How to Fluff a Pillow

Written by Nectarsleep editorial team

Last Updated on Feb 14, 2022

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    If you want your pillows to last longer and stay loft forever, you should consider fluffing pillows. You should fluff your pillows regularly to prevent them from getting lumpy and worn out. But, how to properly fluff your pillow? There are three ways to fluff your pillows, including fluffing by hand, using a dryer, or fluffing naturally outside.

    This guide will discuss all three ways to get fluffy pillows and the right time to replace the pillows.

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    How to Fluff a Pillow by Hand

    Wondering how to make pillows fluffy again? Before you try anything complicated, try fluffing your pillow by hand. It’s simple and effective. 

    1. Grab the Pillow

    Grab the end of the pillow in each hand. Move the ends of the pillow in and out like you are playing a piano accordion, but faster. You can reshape the pillow afterward using your hands.

    2. Hit the Pillow

    You can hit the pillows continuously with your fists. This method is best for feather pillows as they have light fill material. 

    3. Squeeze the Pillow

    Squeeze the pillow from top to bottom at least five times. After that, shake the pillow and put it back on the bed. Beat the pillow with your hand on each side. It will help you keep your pillows fluffy.

    Do this for 30 to 40 seconds, and then repeat the steps with other sides of the pillow. Hitting the pillow on the bed or massaging the pillow are also great ways to make them fluffy. 

    How to Fluff a Pillow by Hand

    How to Fluff a Pillow in the Dryer

     If you find the first method tiring and time-consuming, you can use a dryer. Firstly, read the label to ensure that your pillows are safe to put in a dryer. We suggest you use the dryer on low heat to avoid any damage. 

    There is no need to wash the pillow before putting it in the dryer. However, if you want to wash the pillow, make sure you completely dry the pillow as damp pillows are compressed easily. There are two ways to fluffing a pillow in the dryer. 

    How to Fluff Pillow In Dryer Using Tennis Balls

    Put your pillows in a dryer with tennis balls. You can put the ball in a sock, tie the sock, and put it in the dryer with your pillow. You can do this once a month to fluff your pillows. 

    If you have a cotton fill pillow, use the dryer on low settings for 20 minutes.

    How to Fluff Pillows In Dryer Without Tennis Balls

    In case you don’t have tennis balls at home, there are other things you can use. You can use shirts rolled like balls, stuffed toys, clean slippers, or anything dryer-safe. Ensure that the items you use are dryer-safe. 

    How to Fluff a Pillow Outside in Fresh Air

    Keeping the pillows outside in the fresh air is the best way to fluff pillows. It's only possible if the weather is clear and sunny. Moisture can make pillows look lumpy and smell bad. You can keep them in the sun for 2 to 3 hours to increase fluffiness and free them from bacteria or foul odors. You can hang them on a cloth line or place them on a clean surface. 

    How to Fluff a Pillow Outside in Fresh Air

    When Should You Replace Your Pillows

    It depends on the type of the pillow. Ideally, one should replace pillows every 1 to 2 years. If your pillows show the signs below, it’s time to get a new one.

    • It has a foul odor.
    • It has lumps.
    • You wake up with neck and shoulder pain.
    • It has stains.
    • It is flat enough to stay folded.
    • You wake up tired.
    • You wake up sneezing.
    • You have recently changed sleeping positions.
    • There is a constant requirement of re-fluffing your pillow.

    Old pillows are uncomfortable, unsupportive, and bad for your skin health. That’s why it is crucial to replace them on time. The good news is, fluffing regularly can make your pillows last longer.

    When Should You Replace Your Pillows

    Conclusion

    Regular fluffing can prevent your pillows from getting lumpy and flat and make them appear full. It can make the pillows last longer, unfortunately not forever. You should get rid of your favorite pillow when it’s time. 

    This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.
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