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Refresh Your Pillows and Make Them Fluffy Again

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

Refresh Your Pillows and Make Them Fluffy Again

Over time, pillows can lose their fluffiness and support. Refreshing your pillows is an easy way to improve your sleep comfort without buying new ones. Here are some tips to make your pillows fluffy again:

Wash and Dry Your Pillows

One of the best ways to refresh pillows is to give them a wash. The water helps redistribute and lift the filling, restoring fluffiness.

When to Wash Pillows

I recommend washing pillows every 6 months. Signs that pillows need washing include:

  • Flat or limp feel
  • Musty or sour odor
  • Visible stains or discoloration

Down and foam pillows need more frequent washing than polyester or cotton pillows.

Washing Steps

Follow these steps to clean pillows:

  • Check care label instructions.
  • Use a mild detergent in warm or hot water.
  • Run pillows through a full wash and rinse cycle.
  • Dry pillows completely in the dryer with tennis balls.

Adding tennis balls helps separate clumps and redistribute filling.

Drying Thoroughly

It’s essential to dry pillows fully after washing. Otherwise, moisture can lead to:

  • Mold or mildew buildup
  • Musty smells
  • Lumpy texture

Use the highest heat setting to make sure pillows are completely dry inside. I dry mine for 45-60 minutes.

Fluff and Shake Pillows Daily

Giving your pillows a fluff and gentle shake every morning helps maintain fluffiness between washes.

  • Stand pillows on their side and squeeze them to loosen filling.
  • Give a few firm pats to redistribute filling.
  • Shake the pillow several times to separate filling clumps.
  • Fluff the pillow to restore shape before putting pillowcases back on.

This quick daily routine only takes a minute but makes a big difference in pillow freshness and comfort.

Use a Tennis Ball Pillow Fluffer

For an easy fluffing hack between washes, put two tennis balls inside a tied pillowcase.

Shake the pillowcase vigorously with the tennis balls inside. As you shake it, the balls will bounce around and separate filling clumps.

Do this for 2-3 minutes whenever your pillows need a fluff boost. Tennis balls are more effective at deep fluffing than hands alone.

Replace Old Pillows

While proper care extends a pillow’s lifespan, they do wear out over time. Some signs it’s time to replace your pillow:

  • No longer regains fluff after washing
  • Has thinned out substantially
  • Provides little neck support

I replace my pillows every 1-2 years for best comfort and support.

Add a Pillow Protector

Using a pillow protector is a great way to keep your pillows fresher between washes.

The protective barrier prevents body oils, moisture, and skin cells from absorbing into the pillow. This helps them retain fluffiness longer.

Look for breathable cotton protectors so heat and moisture don’t build up inside.


With some simple washing, fluffing, and shaking routines, you can keep your pillows like new. Proper pillow care makes a huge difference in getting restful sleep. Refreshing limp pillows restores their comfort and support so you wake up feeling your best.

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