After being washed in the machine last week and air-dried, my 4-year-old water pillow started to ooze water, as the cover quickly turns humid. I haven't been able to pinpoint the leak.

Rather than discarding it, what else I can fill it with? I'm thinking of small beads.

  • Polystyrene balls, like some travel pillows? Fine powder like cornflour? Are you particularly averse to replacing the pillow (in struggling to see the sense in retaining it; as a non leaking water pillow it makes sense but as a leaking one filled with something else it would seem to be just a pillow case, and hence of little intrinsic value in the face of other pillow cases.. perhaps filling it with a dyed water would help pinpoint the leaks
    – Caius Jard
    Dec 15, 2018 at 12:28
  • @CaiusJard "perhaps filling it with a dyed water would help pinpoint the leaks": Great idea! But even if I pinpoint the leaks, can I seal the leaks?
    – user1869
    Dec 15, 2018 at 17:14
  • Depends what it's made of; I'd imagine most things are repairable, so long as the correct patch is applied
    – Caius Jard
    Dec 15, 2018 at 18:53
  • (PlastiDip may work)
    – Caius Jard
    Dec 18, 2018 at 6:25
  • maybe try to fix it using a fix-a-flat or other tire-based sealer, just let it dry before re-filling.
    – dandavis
    Dec 19, 2018 at 20:52

1 Answer 1


I'm not sure that any substitute filler will feel quite like water. I know this doesn't directly answer the question but perhaps you can pinpoint the leak by blowing the pillow up with air, fill a bathtub with water, submerge the pillow and squeeze lightly until you see where the bubbles are coming from. When you find where it is you can patch it up. You may then be able to seal the leak by pinching it and blowing a hot hair dryer on the hole so that it will melt back together. Another option would be Goop. (http://eclecticproducts.com/products/amazing-goop-adhesives/)

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.