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How to wash your pillows to keep them fresh and clean
Essential cleaning tips for keeping your pillows perfectly fresh and stain-free.
Cover them as you may, but pillows still develop odours and stains. Keep them fresh by washing them every three to six months. Our resourceful research editor, Mary Levitski, tells you how.
1 Start by checking the label for laundering instructions. Most newer pillows can be tossed in the washing machine, but some are dry clean only. Also, some fill materials, such as foam, can’t go in the dryer.
2 Use a front-loading washer (a top-loader isn’t suited for fully submerging a pillow). Select the warm water and gentle cycle settings. Add a bit of mild liquid laundry detergent (the powdered kind is harder to wash off). Insert pillows, ensuring they are not packed in tightly. To completely wash off the detergent, repeat the rinse cycle. Do not use the spin cycle unless your pillows are down.
3 To dry, squeeze out any excess water by hand. Put the pillows through a tumble dry cycle set to low heat. Repeat as necessary until completely dry. Pillows that can’t go in the dryer should be hung on a clothesline or rack.
Make a hotel-worthy bed by washing your linens regularly and ironing them with a scented mist like K. Hall Designs Washed Cotton Linen Water (Au Lit Fine Linens, $25). Trust us, you’ll be dreaming of a late checkout.
To extend the life of your pillows, dress them in protective pillow covers before putting on their cases.
Eco-friendly products to keep your pillows plump
On top of being greener and more cost-effective than dryer sheets, reusable balls also prevent pillows from getting lumpy in the dryer.
Scent your laundry with this Canadian brand’s delectable aromas like Apple Pie and Banana Bread. Tumbler tarts fair trade wool dryer balls, The Laundry Tarts, $30 per pack of 3; Re-scenting kit in Apple Pie, The Laundry Tarts, $13.
The prongs of these cute little rubber balls are great for keeping pillows soft and fluffy. Thermoplastic rubber hedgehog dryer balls, West Elm Market, $9 per pair.
These bright all-natural wool balls soften laundry and cut drying time. Wool Deluxe starter dryer balls, LooHoo, $28 US per pack of 3.
A renovated kitchen gets bigger and brighter.
Designer Jennifer Ferreira helps a Toronto couple reach a design verdict that's both practical and polished.
Contemporary artwork and kids' colouring books; a travertine dining table and a teepee fort - these anomalous pairings are the norm at Courtney Toomath-West and Ken West's Toronto house. "This is a family home," says Courtney. "Our daughters can play, and my husband and I can retreat to formal rooms, all in one fairly small space."
Courtney and Ken, both lawyers, bought the 1,800-square-foot rowhouse in 2008 before their girls - Honor, now 6, and Caroline, 4 - were born. "Ken and I had been living in a condo, but when we began to think about having kids, we yearned for the character of an older home," says Courtney. This Victorian, in the city's Little Italy neighbourhood, fit the bill. "I fell for its original plaster mouldings as well as its high arches and ceilings," she says. "It hadn't been updated in decades, but it was well loved, and I wanted to preserve its charm."
"The entryway feels grand for a 16-foot-wide house," says designer Jennifer Ferreira. The oversized mirror creates the illusion of space, and the large pendant light complements the black trim on the sisal runner.
"When I first saw Courtney and Ken's house, it simply needed finessing," says designer Jennifer Ferreira. "I wanted to complement its architectural details, inject a tailored look and create a comfortable family space." Jennifer incorporated a few new and custom-made pieces into the decor, but says the transformation really started with the window coverings. "Drapes make a house feel like a home," she says. "I added them to all the principal rooms, hanging them above the window frames to create a sense of grandeur." The black drapery rods fitted with brass finials and drapes with a band of grey ribbon lend a sense of elegance and formality to the living room.
When they couple moved in, they replaced the existing light oak floors, which were in bad shape, with darker oak and, keeping their art collection in mind, painted the walls gallery-like neutral shades. Jennifer also updated the living room's outdated armchairs with sophisticated zebra-print fabric.
The kitchen was expanded by removing a wall between it and the den, and fitted with new cabinetry and appliances.
The grey lower cabinets add contrast to the mostly white kitchen, which is outfitted with Caesarstone countertops and stainless steel appliances.
The homeowners love to entertain and often host dinner parties, so Jennifer designed chairs for lounging in the dining room. A sculptural light fixture illuminates the travertine table, a family heirloom.
"The master bedroom doesn't get a lot of light, so I wanted to brighten it up," says Jennifer. An airy wall colour, natural linen headboard and ikat-print bench do the trick.
"I painted the bathroom walls white and replaced a dark wooden vanity with a white one for a more tailored look."
In daughters Honor and Caroline's bedroom, the drapes match the pink linen headboards. "The fabrics can easily be changed if they ever tire of them," says Jennifer. Courtney added the princess sign for a little sparkle.
Soft pink hydrangeas add a sweet, fresh touch to the girls' pink bedroom.
"The Wests honeymooned in Morocco, so I chanelled that look on their patio," says Jennifer. "The pendant light, side table and toss cushions resemble items found in a souk."
Nothing brings the indoors out better than carrying your colour palette out onto the patio. The patterned toss cushions keep the family comfortable and cozy while adding a fun dose of the bright pink seen throughout the rest of the home.
Wendel Clark's lakefront Muskoka cottage
Take a tour of former NHL player and Toronto Maple Leafs captain Wendel Clark's massive Muskoka, Ont., cottage available for rent on Airbnb!
If you've ever dreamed of living in the footsteps of a hockey legend, this is your chance. Former Toronto Maple Leafs captain, Wendel Clark, has listed his sprawling Muskoka property on Airbnb for those looking for a truly Canadian summer.
With a minimum two night stay, at $4,999 per night, you and 14 other guests can enjoy lakeside living at its best this summer! We're talking one main cottage, four guest cottages, boats, waterfront activities, BBQs, Muskoka chairs, and a pool table. But the best part? All the proceeds from this summer will go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada!
Take a tour and check out the Airbnb listing here to nab an open spot for the coming season! Hurry though, they're going fast!
Wendel Clark has listed his Muskoka, Ont., cottage for rent on Airbnb. While the price tag is up to $4,999 per night, the property can easily fit 15 people (with no added charge for extra guests!). Your rental includes the main cottage and four guest cottages so there's plenty of room.
This is cottaging done right. Wood beams, stone fireplaces and comfy sofas make for a cozy summer retreat.
This is definitely a departure from the marble-laden white kitchens we often see. Between all the wood, stone and industrial accents, it has more of a cottage-meets-barn aesthetic - from the oversized stone-faced hood surround to the barnboard panelled kitchen island that complements the doors in the previous living room. Wendel has given free reign to anything in the refrigerator or cupboards, but warns guests, "Just don't touch the Captain Crunch."
The dining area, open to the kitchen, beckons for guests to gather at the large harvest table for mealtime. Just one rule: "Jerseys on at the table - house rule."
While the furnishings could use a serious update, the space is ideal for relaxing once the sun sets and the fire is lit. Wendel enjoys this space to "dine al fresco without the pesky mosquitos". Here's hoping it has a view of the waterfront!
For the times that cannot be spent basking in the sun, the games room can come in handy for a game or two of pool. And in case you forget you're in Canada, the artwork speaks for itself.
Were you worried all the wood was used up throughout the living spaces? Have no fear, this bedroom is fully clad in it, from the floors to the walls to the bed frame! (It's actually strikingly similar to this cozy rustic cottage).
One of the eight bathrooms on the property, Wendel says, "It's nicer than most penalty boxes - trust me, I know!" It's certainly larger than a penalty box!
We imagine this is one of Wendel's daughters' bedrooms from when they were younger, and possibly one of the only spaces that has had a makeover in some time. The painted panelled walls, distressed side tables, updated light fixture and porthole window add instant country charm to the room.
"Great spot for a pre- or post-game nap!" - Wendel Clark They may not be cottage bedrooms, but these master suites definitely promise sweet dreams!
We're hoping the Wendel Clark Signature Merlot 2006 comes with the rental! Just in case: How to remove red wine stains.