How to freshen up your old pillows & towels, DIY style


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There’s really nothing quite like brand-new pillows and towels. A fresh, crisp pillow and plush, soft towels feel so good, it’s definitely worth spending some money and investing in some new ones every once in a while, right?

But what if you could get the same effect with a few easy do-it-yourself steps? Not only would you save some dough, but you’d also be doing the environment a favor by upgrading what you already own, rather than throwing it away.

For pillows, simply put a few in your washing machine (fill with water first) and run on the long cycle (make sure the pillows are evenly placed so the washer bin is balanced). You may want to run them through the rinse cycle twice, according to ApartmentTherapy.com, to make sure they’re thoroughly rinsed. When the wash is done, dry them on a clean surface that allows airflow, such as the top shelf of a clothes-drying rack. Then, put them in the dryer on low heat with a clean tennis ball. ApartmentTherapy.com suggests wrapping the tennis ball in a sock, first. The ball will help refluff the pillow and keep feathers from clumping up.

For towels, you’ll have to wash them twice. First, run them through the wash with just hot water and 1 cup of vinegar or ammonia. The vinegar will help break up mineral buildup, according to WiseGeek.com, and the ammonia will help degunk detergent buildup. Then, in a second wash, Lifehacker.com suggests using hot water and a 1/2 cup of baking soda. This will help get rid of any lingering smells in the towels.

With those few steps, your pillows and towels should look — and most importantly, feel — as good as new!