So, I don’t wash my comforter nearly as much as I should. I don’t have a duvet cover because my comforter is pretty and there’s nothing worse than crawling into a duvet to wrangle your comforter inside. I’m pretty good about washing my sheets, but my comforter is all too often totally neglected. And that’s not good. Thankfully, experts from The Laundress and Grove Collaborative are here to teach us all how to wash a comforter without a hassle.
“Just like sheets and pillows, comforters harbor allergens such as dust mites as well as perspiration, dead skin cells, body oils, and residue from pets,” says Gwen Whiting, co-founder of The Laundress. “Regularly washing comforters removes this buildup as well as unwanted odors.”
When it comes to different types of comforters, the difference comes down to the filling. From down and wool to silk and synthetics, what’s in your comforter will impact its weight and how it feels. But for the most part, the washing routine remains pretty similar.
“You can wash most comforter fabrics at home—even if they’re considered dry clean,” says Lindsey Boyd, also a co-founder of The Laundress. “For duvet inners and comforters, you can wash by hand or in the washing machine. The washing machine is your easiest method.”
Common mistakes when washing a comforter
1. Overfilling the washing machine
“Overfilling a washing machine can prevent the comforter from getting fully saturated with water,” says Angela Bell, cleaning expert with cleaning product company Grove Collaborative. “A comforter should be washed in a solo load in a standard washing machine, using the heavy or large load cycle. If you have a compact washing machine, you might want to head to the laundromat for washing larger items like a comforter.”
2. Adding too much detergent
“Resist the urge to double up on laundry detergent,” says Bell. “While you might be tempted to add more soap to launder such a large item, a normal dose of detergent is perfectly adequate to get it clean.”
“If your comforter doesn’t get completely dry after laundering, it can take on a musty smell,” says Georgia Dixon, also a cleaning expert with Grove Collaborative. “Be sure to fully dry a comforter using the highest heat setting advised for the fabric type (you should be able to find this on the care instructions tag). If you have access to air drying a comforter, this is another great option for getting it completely dry.”
How to wash a comforter properly
1. Remove the duvet cover
For those of us who are team naked comforter, this may be a turnoff. But Whiting explains that using a duvet cover means you can stuff your big fluffy comforter…
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