Washing Instructions for Goose Down Pillows

Updated February 21, 2017

Goose down pillows are expensive, elegant bedding options found in many homes. The goose down feathers provide a durable, fluffy pillow that should be maintained properly. Cleaning and caring for the pillows, when not done properly, deteriorates the down, causes mildew growth, and can even become a fire hazard when you do not dry the pillows properly.

Place your pillows in a commercial washing machine. If you do not have one in your home, visit your local laundromat. These washers are large enough to comfortably hold the pillows, plus are non-agitating. Agitating washing machines will cause damage to the pillow fabric and down.

Pour a capful of your normal washing powder into the washing machine, and turn the machine on using a warm-water setting. You may notice an odour during the wash process, which is common with goose down. The odour will dissipate when the pillows are dry.

Remove the pillows from the washing machine when the cycle is complete, and place them into a commercial dryer.

Turn the dryer onto medium heat, and make sure to remove the pillows every 10 minutes. Fluff and shake the pillows each time you remove them from the dryer. This will not only allow the pillows to hold their shape, but will also prevent a fire. When the pillows are left to dry on their own for a long period of time, the high heat can cause the down to catch on fire.

Remove the pillows from the dryer when fully dry, which typically takes two to three hours depending on the size of each pillow.

Things You'll Need

  • Commercial front-loading washer
  • Commercial dryer
  • Washing powder
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