Leave Pillows In The Sun For A Few Hours To Plump Them Up Again

Leave Pillows In The Sun For A Few Hours To Plump Them Up Again

If the pillows on your bed are as flat as the blankets when you get up in the morning, open the curtains and let them sit in the sun for a few hours to help fluff them up naturally.Photo by Rev. Stan.

Real Simple points out that while we sleep, we tend to sweat (or drool) and that moisture winds up in the pillows. By placing them in the sun on a bright day and letting them sit there for a few hours, all of that moisture — and moisture that builds up over nights of use — will evaporate and the pillows will fluff up over the course of the day.

You may still need to fluff them by hand before going to bed at night, but it’s a good tip regardless. Your mileage, however, could vary, especially if you live somewhere the sun doesn’t shine too often. Do you have any secret bed-making tips? Share your tips in the comments.

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  • I do this about every second weekend (weather permitting).

    Just pop them flat on top of the clothesline, peg the corners to the line, and turn them over after a few hours. Nice direct sunlight, they get good and hot so you know it’s killing all the nasties and also getting nice and dry and fluffy.

    Nothing quite like it when you go to sleep on it that night.

  • If weather doesn’t permit, if you have a big enough clothes dryer it can be worth chucking a pillow (only one at a time) in there. It may ‘kathump’ around though so keep an eye on it. But during a rainy and humid week (or fortnight) it can be a lifesaver.

  • The other benefit of this is that the UV in the sunshine helps to kill off some of the smaller critters in your pillows, such as dust mites, as well as the benefit from the general airing.

    (and for those assuming sun through a window is sufficient, glass cuts out the UV band that helps here, so it needs direct sunlight.)

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