Washing your comforter or duvet is easier than you think!
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Even if you change your sheets every week or two, you probably don't give much attention to your comforter. That's a huge mistake: It collects the same dirt, sweat, and dead skin that other sheets and pillows do—and if you have a pet that likes to lie on the bed when you're not home, things can get even nastier.
If you haven't washed your comforter in a month, it's time. You should also wash it before you put it away for summer, as clothes moths are attracted to dirty laundry. The good news is that you can probably wash it at home. Here's how.
• Washing machine
• Gentle detergent
• 2 tennis balls
Prep Time Needed: None
Total Time Needed: Approximately 40 minutes, depending on the washer, plus time for drying
Now, it's time to dry. Even if your dryer has a dedicated "comforter" or "bedding" setting, don't count on it: Most comforters are too big to dry fully without someone manually de-tangling them during a wash.
• 2 tennis balls or dryer balls
Prep Time Needed: none
Total Time Needed: Approximately 40 minutes depending on the dryer
Place the comforter in the dryer with the two tennis balls or dryer balls. These additions help keep the fill evenly distributed, so you don't end up with a lumpy comforter.
If your dryer doesn't have a dedicated setting for bedding or comforters, set it to low-heat. It might take more than an hour for the comforter to dry thoroughly. Since this is the case, make sure to regularly fluff the comforter during the drying process. Every 20 minutes, pull the comforter out of the dryer and fluff it. This helps redistribute the fill and encourages thorough and even drying.
Ideally, comforters should be replaced every 3-6 years. If your comforter has lost it's fluff after washing and drying, it might be time to find a replacement.
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