Feather: To ensure best results, have feather pillows professionally cleaned. Wash in cool water using a mild detergent, and do not use heat or sunlight to dry. Heat can release oils in the feathers, causing them to smell. You can fluff up feather pillows by running them through the dryer on a no-heat setting. Hand washing: Hand washing is the more conservative approach to washing pillows. Fill a tub with lukewarm water and low-sudsing detergent, then submerge the pillow in the solution. Squeeze the pillow several times, so the solution get worked through it. Drain, add rinse water and repeat this procedure, only without detergent. Run the pillow through the spin cycle, then air dry.
Presoaking In the laundry oxygen bleach is used to destain, deodorize, and whiten. It is very effective as a laundry presoak for heavily stained articles.
For light soils add 1ounce of oxygen bleach with your laundry detergent per load. For moderate soils use 2 ounces and for heavily soiled articles use 4 ounces.
To whiten and deodorize diapers or to destain cloth menstrual pads add 4-6 ounces of oxygen bleach into the soak cycle. Soak in hot water for at least 30 minutes, or overnight, then complete wash cycle.
For whitening old linens and yellowed window shears, deodorizing and cleaning tennis shoes, or to get rid of yellow armpit stains on shirts: soak in 2 ounces of oxygen bleach per gallon of water for at least one hour, or overnight, then rinse.
It is important to remove stains, spills and spots before laundering. This is because the heat and cleaning chemicals used in the washing process can set certain kinds of stains.