We’ve all seen it before; an old flat, lumpy pillow. Looking less like a plump pillow from the IKEA catalogue, this pillow looks more like that adorable blobfish picture that was extremely popular on the Internet a couple of years ago. It’s the pillow you find at a budget motel, it’s the pillow you get if you had the bad luck to have had an overnight (or longer) stay at a hospital. If you prop this pillow up vertically on its shorter end, the top likely flops forward, folding the pillow in half as years and years of heads being placed in its middle has caused its insides to basically congeal into two separate lumps. Lying down on this pillow is like lying in a valley, and the back of your head is so close to the mattress you might as well not be using a pillow. Meanwhile, the lumpy sides of the pillow fold in over your face from the weight, and no doubt the smell is not a good one.
The question is, what is the state of your pillow? Is it a beautifully fluffy 5-star level hotel pillow from the Ritz or more like a sad hospital pillow? For me, being a side sleeper (as most people are), a pillow’s loft (the height at which it rests when laid flat) is very important for my comfort, as I only use high loft pillows for side sleepers. I personally recommend getting this pillow if you’re a picky side sleeper like me. So if my pillow were to lose its fluffiness, it would make me a sad, grumpy panda. Of course, this does not apply to some synthetic pillows such as those made of memory foam or latex. That being said, how do we keep our pillows fluffier for longer? Fear not! We have compiled 4 basic and simple tips that anyone can use to keep their pillows fluffy and their sleep comfy. Let’s take a look.
- Practice Mixed Martial Arts Moves On Your Pillow – Violence is bad, but violence can also make your pillows fluffy! This manual method is probably the easiest way to fluff up your pillow, and you probably know about it, have done it yourself, or have seen it in movies. What most people don’t know however is that just like the practice of combat and martial arts, there are specific techniques for pillow fluffing that will maximize your efficiency and your pillow’s fluffiness. I would like to introduce readers to 3 techniques: the Accordion, the Double Punch, and the Squeeze & Shake. In the Accordion, you grab your pillow by both ends, and ummmm, play it like an accordion. Make sure to do it quickly and firmly. In the Double Punch, you punch both ends of your pillow simultaneously with your fists to blast those lumps away. And for the Squeeze & Shake, you squeeze the pillow inward from both ends and then shake it. Make sure you squeeze it at least five times before shaking though.
- Just Wash Them – In addition to its main purpose, which is keeping your pillow smelling and looking clean and fresh, washing your pillows can also help maintain the fluffiness of a pillow. It does this by cleaning away dirt, mildew, and any other buildup (such as dead skin cells and dust mites) that are a contributing factor to your pillow’s lumpiness. We recommend you wash your pillows at least twice yearly (not your pillowcase, wash those weekly!).
- Dry Them With Balls – Tennis balls that is. While you may already be aware that placing pillows in your dryer are a good way to keep them fluffy (and you need to dry them after washing anyway), you probably were not aware of this one weird trick to keep your pillows fluffier for longer (pillow companies hate him!). During your drying cycle (which should be about one hour on moderate heat) place a couple of fresh tennis balls in there as well. This will cause the tennis balls to help ‘beat’ the lumpiness out of your pillow. If the only tennis balls you can find are stained with grass and your dog’s saliva, place them in individual socks and tie the sock at the end. You can use this method anytime; not just after washing.
- Make Them Feel The Heat – Of the sun. One of the big things that make your pillow lumpy is moisture. So giving them a good sun dry can wick away any moisture that remains after drying or simply as a drying method in and of itself. Try three to four hours on a clothesline. In addition, the sun is a great way of giving your pillow a natural disinfectant treatment.
Thank you for reading this article, may you live long and prosper and your pillows stay fluffy forever.