How to Wash a Goose Down Pillow: A Comprehensive Guide

How to Wash a Goose Down Pillow: A Comprehensive Guide

Goose down pillows are loved for their fluffiness and cloud-like softness, offering a luxurious sleep experience. However, over time, these pillows can gather dirt, oils, and allergens, impacting their loft and freshness. Proper maintenance, including regular washing, is essential to preserve their quality and extend their lifespan. In this guide, we will give you an insight into the step-by-step process of how to wash goose down pillows, with a primary focus on gentle handwashing techniques.

Why Wash Down Pillows?

Before exploring how to clean down pillows, it's important to understand why washing your goose down pillows is crucial. Pillows can collect dust, sweat and body oils over time, creating an environment conducive to allergens and dust mites. Washing your pillows helps remove these contaminants, maintaining a clean sleeping surface and reducing the risk of allergic reactions.

How to Clean Down Pillows?

Before you begin washing goose down pillows, gather the necessary materials.

  • Mild detergent: Choose a gentle, hypoallergenic detergent suitable for delicate fabrics and sensitive skin.
  • Basin or bathtub: Opt for a clean basin or bathtub large enough to accommodate your pillows.
  • Clean towels: You'll need towels for drying and absorbing excess water from the pillows.

A step-by-step guide: Washing

  1. Check the Care Label
    Before proceeding, always refer to the care label attached to your pillows. Some pillows may have specific washing instructions or restrictions. Make sure that you follow adhere to the guidelines on the label.
  2. Pre-Treat Stains (If Necessary)
    If your pillows have any visible stains, pre-treat them before washing. Apply a small amount of mild detergent directly to the stained areas and gently rub it in. Allow the detergent to penetrate the fabric for a few minutes before proceeding to the next step.
  3. Prepare the Basin with Water and Detergent
    Fill a clean basin or bathtub with lukewarm water, an ideal temperature for dissolving detergent effectively. Add a small amount of mild detergent and agitate the water to create bubbles.
  4. Soak Carefully
    Submerge the pillows in the soapy water, ensuring they are fully immersed. Gently press down on the pillows to help them absorb the detergent solution.
  5. Gently Clean the Pillows
    Using your hands, gently rub the pillows to loosen dirt and oils. Pay attention to any stained areas and continue until the stains begin to lift.
  6. Rinse Thoroughly
    Once the pillows are clean, drain the soapy water and refill the basin with fresh, lukewarm water. Submerge the pillows again and gently squeeze them to rinse out the detergent. Repeat this step until the water runs clear, indicating that all detergent residues have been removed.

A step-by-step guide: Drying

Proper drying is essential to prevent mold, mildew, and odors. Follow these steps to dry your goose down pillows safely.

  1. Remove Excess Water
    After rinsing, carefully remove the pillows from the basin and gently press them to remove excess water. Avoid twisting the pillows, as this can damage the delicate down clusters.
  2. Towel Dry
    Place clean towels on a flat surface and lay the pillows on top. Roll up the towels with the pillows inside to absorb remaining moisture. Repeat this process with dry towels until the pillows are wet and not soaked.
  3. Air Dry
    Allow the pillows to air dry in a well-ventilated, dry area away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Fluff and reshape the pillows periodically during the drying process to maintain their loft and shape.
  4. Final Fluffing
    Once the pillows are completely dry, give them a final fluffing by hand to redistribute the down evenly. Gently shake the pillows to restore their plushness and loft.

Can I machine wash a goose down pillow?

While handwashing is the preferred method for cleaning goose down pillows due to its gentle approach, some people may opt for machine washing for convenience. However, it's essential to exercise caution when machine washing down pillows. The mechanical agitation and high temperatures in traditional washing machines can be harsh on the delicate down clusters, potentially causing them to clump together or lose their loft. Additionally, the use of standard laundry detergents may leave behind residues that can compromise the pillows' softness and comfort.

If machine washing is necessary, always use a front-loading machine on a gentle cycle with cold water and ensure that the pillows have enough space to move freely. Be mindful of the risks involved and consider handwashing as the safest option for preserving the quality of your goose down pillows.

Additional Steps to Take

Investing in quality pillowcases and protectors is also an essential step for keeping your pillow clean and protected from dirt, dust, and body oils. With a quality pillowcase in place, washing your pillow becomes necessary less regularly, helping to preserve its quality. When storing your pillow, ensure it's in a well-ventilated area and completely dry to prevent mildew.
Avoid compressing your pillow, as this can damage the down's loftiness and integrity. Consider using our zipped storage bag, designed to keep pillows fresh, aired, and dust-free.


Handwashing your goose down pillows is a gentle and effective way to keep them clean, fresh, and cozy. By following these simple steps and maintaining a washing routine, you can expand the lifespan of your pillows and enjoy luxurious comfort for many nights to come. Remember to handle your pillows with care, refer to the care label for specific instructions and use a pillowcase. With proper maintenance, your goose down pillows will continue to provide you with the restful sleep you deserve.

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