Mum's simple pillow washing hack to avoid 'bunching'

Kristine Tarbert
·Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

If you’ve ever experienced the frustration of a chunky pillow after you’ve finally decided to wash it then this simple trick will definitely come in handy.

An Aussie mum has shared her hack for making sure all her pillows come out extra fluffy after a wash, and all you need is a dryer ball - or a tennis ball and a sock.

Pillows On Empty Bed At Home
Pillows On Empty Bed At Home

The woman, who goes by the name Mama Mila on TikTok and regularly shares her cleaning and home decorating tips and hacks, uploaded a video after one of her followers asked, “Can you show us how you wash your pillows”.

The clip takes her fans through ‘how to wash your pillows and prevent clumping’, revealing it should be done every three to six months as pillows can breed bacteria bad for your skin and health.

“Majority can be washed in the machine,” the video explains.

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Mila washes no more than two pillows at a time. Photo: TikTok/@mama_mila_

“Wash two at a time with warm water and liquid detergent, powder detergent may leave a ‘film’,” she continued.

She then adds two drops of eucalyptus oil to “kill any dust mites”, but when it comes to drying them, that’s where the magic happens.

The trick is to dry them flat and in the shade, but not let them dry completely.

Then you want to pop them in the dryer for a quick final fluff.

“Place in the dryer with a dryer ball or tennis ball inside a sock for 5 minutes. This helps fluff the pillows and avoids ‘bunching’,” she revealed.

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She says to place in the dryer with a dryer ball or tennis ball inside a sock for 5 minutes. Photo: TikTok/@mama_mila_

Her fans were thankful for the tip with some having not used a dryer ball before.

“Thank you,” was one grateful response.

“I can never get my pillows to completely dry out when I’ve washed them in the past,” another person said.

While some people did ask what to do if you actually don’t have a dryer, to which someone in the comments gave a helpful - and hilarious - tip.

“I don’t have a dryer so I hit mine with a frying pan to fluff them up again,” she said.

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