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How to Wash a Duvet or Comforter: The Full Guide

While comforters and duvets may not require a wash as often as sheets and pillowcases, it’s still important to keep them as clean as possible. And in case you’re wondering if you can wash your washable duvet or comforter in a washing machine, the short answer is: you can! Always check and follow your appliance and product use and care instructions before beginning any task, as they should be your primary source of information.

The filling in your duvet or comforter can ball up during a washing and drying cycle, making your duvet or comforter look less than inviting, so it’s important to follow these simple steps.


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Washing Your Duvet or Comforter in a Front Load or Top Load Washing Machine


Here are some general guidelines that will help you keep most standard duvets smelling fresh and looking great.

Step 1: Use a large washer and dryer, and wash your duvet or comforter on its own. Duvets and comforters need as much room as possible to tumble, otherwise they won’t be properly cleaned or dried. If your machine isn’t large enough to accommodate your duvet or comforter, visit your local laundromat to use a larger commercial machine.
Step 2: If possible, remove the duvet cover and wash/dry it separately.
Step 3: Before washing, check your duvet or comforter for tears, loose threads or holes. Make sure there is no loose stitching before beginning your wash cycle.
Step 4: Carefully place the duvet or comforter in the washing machine. Some top load washers have an agitator; if yours does, place the duvet or comforter loosely around the tub to achieve an evenly balanced load. Typically, duvets and comforters are washed using a bulky cycle, but some people prefer using a delicate cycle to be gentler on their bedding.
Step 5: Select an extra rinse option. This will help wash away leftover pollen, dirt, residue, dust mites, or detergent. An extra rinse is especially recommended if you have sensitive skin or allergies.
Step 6: Dry your duvet or comforter on a no heat or low heat setting.
Step 7: Your duvet or comforter won’t always dry completely during the dry cycle, so place it on a drying rack for 1-2 days after the cycle to ensure that it’s completely dry before placing it back on your bed.

Shop for Washers and Dryers That Can Handle Any Load


No matter what you’re washing — duvets, comforters, sheets, or clothes — you need a washer and dryer that can keep up. Shop for laundry appliances with convenient features that will help make your laundry load a little lighter.

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