I started an enormous project that I’ve been working on for at least 2 weeks now with the end finally in sight. I’m washing all the bed linens that have been stored over the past year during our renovation.
This includes bed pillows. I didn’t actually know I had so many feather and down pillows. I know I personally use 5 but I have another dozen stashed in plastic tubs and decoratively on beds throughout the house.
I wash pillows in the washing machine.
They come out lumpy and matted until I throw them into the dryer with something hard (like a tennis ball or wool dryer ball, even a shoe will do) to plump them back into shape.
Of course I wanted to do one last load yesterday evening after cleaning out the washing machine. I put in 2 old pillows and when I walked into the laundry room to check on the time I could see something went terribly wrong.
The window of our front loader was filled with feathers. One (I hope only one) of the pillows had burst open. It was a wet, heavy mess.
I pulled the feathers onto a sheet and let them sit in the bathtub overnight — they were soaked.
My first thought was NOT to clean out the washing machine so I left it open to dry overnight. I also hauled our wet/dry vacuum up to the laundry room.
In the morning I vacuumed all the feathers I could out of the washing machine. Then I wiped the inside down with a clean microfiber cloth to dislodge any stuck feathers. Then I vacuumed again.
It looks pretty good. I’m sure, just like Christmas tree tinsel and Easter basket grass, I’ll be finding feathers all over the house for the next few years.
Tell me your housekeeping tragedy.