How to clean turkey feathers

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How to clean turkey feathers
Clean your turkey feathers before using them. (epantha/iStock/Getty Images)

Gathering feathers comes in useful for craft projects or stuffing pillows and cushions. Turkeys shed large feathers frequently so it is easy to gather them quickly. After you have assembled your pile of feathers, you need to clean them. Turkey feathers can be dirty or soiled by turkey droppings. No one wants to handle smelly feathers, so clean them in just a few steps using ingredients you have around your home.

Things you need

  • Sealable plastic bag
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) flour
  • 250 ml (1 cup) oat meal
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) oxygen-based cleaning powder
  • Gentle washing powder
  • Bucket
  • Wooden spoon
  • Blow dryer

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    Dry powder method

  1. 1

    Fill a sealable plastic bag with the flour. Add the oatmeal and oxygen-based cleaning powder.

  2. 2

    Stuff the dirty feathers in the bag.

  3. 3

    Zip the bag up and shake it, blending the feathers and powder together. Continue to shake the bag until the feathers are clean.

  4. 4

    Remove the feathers from the bag and shake the excess powder from them one by one.

    Washing powder method

  1. 1

    Fill a plastic bucket with warm water. While the water is running, add a cap of gentle washing powder to the water.

  2. 2

    Add the feathers to the soapy water. Swirl the feathers around the water with a long-handled wooden spoon.

  3. 3

    Empty the water from the bucket and then add fresh water to the bucket. Swirl the feathers in the clean water.

  4. 4

    Empty the bucket and remove the feathers.

  5. 5

    Smooth the feathers gently and reshape them. Hold the feathers by the quill and blow-dry them.

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