Pillow Smells Sour: Steps & Items Needed To Remove Sour Smell From Pillow

Steps & Items Needed To Remove Sour Smell From Pillow

The feather type of pillows can smell a bit when they are new and when they are kept in storage then the pillows will catch odors from sweat, pet hair, cigarette smoke, etc. Remove all the funky odors by giving your pillows a dose of fresh air and by washing them in your washing machine. In order to remove any type of smell from your pillows then you just need 2-3 items to finish this task. Here are the item list and steps for this process:

Things You Will Need

  1. Needle And Thread (Optional)
  2. Mild Laundry Detergent
  3. Clean Tennis Balls Or Dryer Balls


After collecting all the required items, then you need to follow the given steps:
  • First of all, you need to remove pillowcases from your pillows. Next, place your pillows outdoors on a sunny day to air them out. Flip or rotate the pillows every 60-120 minutes in order to expose all the pillow surface to fresh air over a few hours.
  • If you think that your pillows can get dirty then you can keep them on the porch or on a table under a patio umbrella. Fresh air will help to remove any kind of smells from your pillow, old as well as new.
  • Analyze the seams of your pillows to make sure that there are no holes and also look for feathers along the pillow seam, which indicates a hole. Stitch the seam of your pillow closed again, if needed then use a needle and thread.
  • Now place your two pillows at a time in your washing machine. You need to select from gentle or delicate wash cycle and cool water and then add some mild laundry detergent because too many detergents can easily damage your pillows.
  • When you finish washing of pillows one time, then run an extra cycle and rinse them again. If the washing machine has extended spin cycle mode then select it because this will force the water out of your pillows.
  • Next, remove your pillows from your washing machine and then you have to fluff them if you see any clumps then separate it and then place your pillows in the dryer.
  • Next you need to apply the lowest heat setting in your dryer and put some tennis balls in it to keep your pillows fluffy. Open your dryer partway through with the cycle and then fluff your pillows up before placing them back in your dryer. If your pillows still feel wet then run them through with another drying cycle.
  • Now remove your pillows from your dryer and check whether the pillows have dried wholly if they are completely dry, then remove the pillows from the dryer and feel them and make sure they are completely dry. If the pillows are still slightly damp then you need to hang them over a sweater drying rack or over a clothesline to air dry them, or you can also place your pillows in the dryer for a limited drying cycle.
  • Finally, you need to wait for at least 1 hour before storing or using your pillows because this will allow enough cooling time for drying. You can only use your pillows when they are completely dry otherwise the pillows may develop the musty odors.
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