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I've got two oldish pillows to get rid of. One is sort of lumpy, the other is middling but fine. I haven't found any charities that accept them, and to be honest they are in need of a good washing anyway - but I don't know how to wash pillows without them getting lumpy (hence pillow #1's condition). Is there anything I can do besides tossing them? I've been thinking of making one into a cat bed, but I'd like other creative/obvious ideas if you've got them - I hate to throw something so big away.
Thank you all!

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conceptual_tea
May. 24th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Hmm..I wonder if an animal shelter would be interested?
yukonsally
May. 24th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
I've tried that, they usually don't like them.

OP: I've been considering making travel pillows out of an old bed pillow but haven't had the motivation do actually do it.
conceptual_tea
May. 24th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
That's a good idea :)

Hmm.. I am flying to finland this summer and I have an old pillow that needs a use...maybe travel pillow would be a good idea! I could put some lavender in it to make it smell nice :)
yukonsally
May. 24th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
I have an old shirt of my husband's that got apoxy stuff on it that I plan on using for the pillow case, and some remnant cloth for a previous project for the actually pillow. Total cost would be about $1 a pillow!
conceptual_tea
May. 24th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
I have some clothes that are too big for me now (yay weight watchers :) )...maybe I will use some of those. They are a bit too worn to donate I think.
kitten_wrangler
May. 24th, 2008 10:21 am (UTC)
Don't put lavender in a travel pillow - you'll hit a world full of problems when going through Customs and Quarantine. If you must have it scented, an essential oil might be okay.
conceptual_tea
May. 24th, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
oooh. Thank you!
kotorifuu
May. 24th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
can you try washing them and then tossing them into the dryer with a few tennis balls?? It'll keep the batting inside fluffed up. Goodwill, or a place like that wouldn't take them? Or you can list them on craigslist.
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ilovenirvana
May. 24th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
weird. the goodwills in Tennessee and kentucky both sell mattresses.
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ilovenirvana
May. 24th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
no they were used. We were going to buy one but they wanted like 60 bucks for a used mattress I could buy new for 75.
kotorifuu
May. 24th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
really?? That's funny, since I've seen couches there. I guess there is a difference... though you wouldn't think there would be one.
conceptual_tea
May. 24th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
I was sad to learn this when my daughter moved to a twin bed. Her mattress was in great condition but they wouldn't take it. We ended up freecycling it.
brightsoul
May. 24th, 2008 07:15 am (UTC)
weird, i've seen mattresses at my goodwill but i know they won't take pillows.
selwynne
May. 24th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
I oversee a shelter - please do not donate old pillows!!!
(we appreciate the thought, though and could use new ones!)
You wouldn't believe some of the 'donations' we get - the worst so far - an opened, half-used jar of vaseline. Ughhh!
splacker
May. 24th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
ummmmm

sew a new pillow and use the cotton from them to stuff it :) maybe some throw pillows?
purestylee
May. 24th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
old pillows are filled with soooo much gross crap. I wouldnt reuse them as a pillow for anyone. There is a reason that the shelters wont take them!!

I dont have any suggestions, it sucks to throw them away, but seriously there are sanitary issues there.
brightsoul
May. 24th, 2008 07:18 am (UTC)
that's true...according to dr. oz (the oprah doc. lol!) pillows double their weight in ten years or something (don't quote me, quoting him because my memory is terrible but it's something like this) because of all the dead skin cells, oils, and mites that live in them. i forgot about that...that's pretty rank.

i'd probably just toss them.
lisbet
May. 24th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
Cat bed, definitely. That's where all my old pillows end up going. We line old laundry baskets with them and the cats love them.

Edited at 2008-05-24 03:13 am (UTC)
thisismycalmit
May. 24th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
I sewed two of them together, covered in fabric and make dog beds. Next time I am going to use four of them. My dog loves them and the cover makes them sanitary as well as washing them. I hate throwing them away too and replace them reasonably often so I dont feel its gross to recycle them in my own home.
gemfyre
May. 24th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
They're really handy to pack between furniture or delicate items when moving house. I've moved a lot and the old pillows are always useful for that.
sweetanniehi
May. 24th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Take the stuffing out and place it in a zipped pillow case and wash it a few times then dry it. Next sew the stuffing into a new pillow, dog bed exc.
ericthemage
May. 24th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
If the stuffing is synthetic, it could work fairly well as a strainer/filter for a rain barrel collecting water from the gutters.
purealto
May. 24th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
We put the stuffing on our compost pile, but it was a feather and cotton pillow, not the synthetic stuff.
evilpettingz00
May. 24th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
I haven't done it yet, but I'm planning on using one of my old pillows as the inner structural part of an ottoman, the outer shell of which will be made from pieces of old, torn denim jeans. I don't expect it to be very pretty, but it will be under my desk anyway. I like to prop my feet up while sitting at my computer. :)
sami_i_am
May. 24th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
This is an awesome idea. I have several old throw pillows that match NOTHING and are kind of icky, AND I have been wanting an ottoman for computer feet propping! Thanks!
evilpettingz00
May. 24th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
You're quite welcome!
I'd love to see how yours comes out! :)
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