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Old 06-19-2010, 11:59 PM   #1
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Washing pillows in a front loading washing machine???

I have to queen/king size (extra long) bed pillows I want to wash in a front loading washing machine. I'm worried about having an unbalanced load. I've had that happen before with this washer & the items just sat in the bottom, full of water. I ended up wring out the stuff and washing again.

Do I wash the pillows separately? Would having only one pillow cause an unbalanced load as it would be one heavy lump turning around?

Or do I wash them both together? Will the two pillows together just create one REALLY HEAVY soppy load, that unbalances the load?

Or will the two pillows flopping around balance out the load?

Can anyone share their with experiences washing bed pillows, please?
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I have washed pillows in my front loading machine before. I would definately put them in two at a time. Washing one at a time could create a problem. If it becomes unbalanced, put a towels or two in and try running it again. You should not have a problems, I have done this many times.
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I tried washing our pillows in the front loader and the washer never was able to spin; the weight of the wet pillows prevented it from being able to spin. I had to throw the pillows out and buy new ones. I bought washable pillow covers (not pillow cases!) instead so now they get washed instead of the pillow itself
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I tried washing our pillows in the front loader and the washer never was able to spin; the weight of the wet pillows prevented it from being able to spin. I had to throw the pillows out and buy new ones. I bought washable pillow covers (not pillow cases!) instead so now they get washed instead of the pillow itself
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You can WASH PILLOWS?

Does it fluff them up? How do you do this in a top loader?
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Old 06-20-2010, 10:10 PM   #6
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I ended up washing the pillows separately. Both of them didn't fir together. They were so long that I had to bend & curve them to fit in the washer. Then they unfolded & kind of got stuck to one side and wouldn't move around. So I put in towels on the other side to balance them. And I figured they'd get some agitation on the side that curved in.

They took about 45 minutes in the dryer. They are really nice and fluffy now!

Meg, for a top loader, make sure the pillows are opposite from each other in the wash. Maybe stick a couple towels in between each side so the the pillows don't slide to one side and off balance the machine while it's spinning.
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Meg, for a top loader, make sure the pillows are opposite from each other in the wash. Maybe stick a couple towels in between each side so the the pillows don't slide to one side and off balance the machine while it's spinning.
Thanks! I will be washing pillows this weekend!
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