How to Get Lumps out of Pillows

Corey M. Mackenzie

Synthetic pillows and feather pillows can develop lumps. Moisture and dirt are sometimes the culprit, and lumps may also develop during washing the pillows. These lumps are unsightly and uncomfortable to sleep on.

Lumps in pillows don't have to be permanent.

It may seem the lumps are permanent, but there is an easy way to remove the lumps from most pillows without having to remove the pillow’s feathers or stuffing.

  1. Wash the pillows in a washing machine, if the care label indicates it is safe to do so.

  2. Remove the pillows from the washing machine after the cycle has completed. Place one to two pillows at a time in a clothes dryer, set to low, with three clean tennis balls.

  3. Turn the dryer on. Allow the pillows to tumble dry for one hour.

  4. Check the pillows for remaining dampness. At this time, fluff them with your hands. If pillows are still damp place them back in the dryer and dry them until they are fully dry.


If any lumps remain after drying, turn the dryer setting to air-dry and continue tumble-drying the pillows with the tennis balls, taking the pillows out occasionally to shape and fluff them, until all lumps are gone. In between washing, keep pillows fluffed by putting them in the dryer, on the air-dry setting, with the tennis balls and run the dryer for 15 to 30 minutes.