Drying pillows in a dryer without using tennis balls can be done effectively by using alternative methods to fluff and evenly distribute the filling. Here’s how to do it:
Materials You’ll Need:
- Clean, dry towels (preferably white)
- Wool dryer balls (optional)
- Lint trap filter
- Check Pillow Labels:
- Before you start, check the care labels on your pillows to ensure they are dryer-safe. Some pillows may not be suitable for machine drying, so it’s important to follow manufacturer instructions.
- Prepare the Dryer:
- Clean the lint trap filter in your dryer to ensure proper airflow and efficient drying.
- Load the Dryer:
- Place the pillows in the dryer. If you have two pillows, it’s a good idea to balance the load by placing one on each side of the dryer drum.
- Add Clean Towels:
- Add clean, dry towels to the dryer along with the pillows. The towels will help absorb moisture and prevent the pillows from clumping together during the drying process. Using white towels is a good choice to avoid any potential color transfer onto the pillows.
- Set to Low Heat:
- Use a low heat setting on your dryer to avoid overheating and damaging the pillows. High heat can cause the filling to clump or break down over time.
- Dry Thoroughly:
- Run the dryer on a gentle or delicate cycle for an extended period. The drying process may take longer at a lower heat setting, but it’s gentler on the pillows. Pause the dryer occasionally to check the pillows’ progress.
- Fluff the Pillows:
- Periodically remove the pillows from the dryer and manually fluff them by giving them a good shake or gently patting them. This helps redistribute the filling and prevent clumping.
- Check for Dryness:
- To avoid over-drying, periodically check the pillows for dryness. They should feel completely dry and free of any residual moisture.
- Use Wool Dryer Balls (Optional):
- If you have wool dryer balls, you can add them to the dryer to help fluff and separate the pillows. They work similarly to tennis balls but are gentler on the pillows.
- Cool Down Cycle:
- Towards the end of the drying cycle, you can switch to a cool-down or no-heat cycle for a few minutes to help reduce any residual heat.
- Final Inspection:
- Once the pillows are completely dry and fluffed, remove them from the dryer and inspect them for any moisture or clumping. If needed, fluff them again manually.
- Allow to Cool:
- Allow the pillows to cool down completely before putting them back on your bed or storing them.
Drying pillows in the dryer with towels is an effective way to maintain their shape and fluffiness without using tennis balls. The towels provide a buffer and help distribute the filling evenly. Just be patient and use low heat to ensure the pillows are thoroughly dried without damaging them.