Ahhhh, nothing like a fresh set of bedding to get you nice and cozy at the end of a long day! We know how powerful a plushy bed can be. We recently gave some quick tips on how to wash your pillows, and now we are here for you with a How-To on washing your comforter! Luckily, comforters don’t need to be washed as often as sheets or towels do. Unless the comforter has a recent stain on it, you won't need to wash it more than once or twice a year. However, if you’re not using a top sheet, it may be a good idea to wash your duvet cover every few weeks along with your sheets!
Whatever your washing schedule is, here are a few standard washing suggestions to get that comforter feeling soft and clean in no time.
How to Wash a Comforter:
- Make sure you’re using a large capacity washer and dryer. Comforters need lots of room to agitate and tumble correctly! If your laundry machine isn’t quite large enough you can always gather up your quarters and go old school at your local laundromat!
- Remove the duvet cover, if there is one!
- Give your comforter a quick scan to see if there are any holes, tears, or loose threads before washing. Make sure everything is secure before you place your comforter in the washing machine –– we don’t want any of the inside filling to escape!
- Insert a Dropps Sensitive Skin Laundry Pod into the back of the drum. You can also add an Oxi Booster pod, for added stain and odor fighting power, or a Scent Booster with Fabric Softener pod for added comfort and fragrance.
- Gently place the comforter in the drum of your washer. If your top load washer has an agitator, place it loosely around it to try to keep the load balanced.
- Wash on the “bulky” or “extra large” cycle.
- Use an extra rinse option to help wash away additional dirt, pollen, detergent or dust mites. This is especially helpful to those with allergies or sensitive skin.
- Dry on a low heat or no heat setting. Pro tip: Set a timer for every 30 minutes during the drying cycle. When it goes off, pause the cycle, remove the comforter, and shake it out as best you can in order to redistribute the filling! You can also throw in some XL Wool Dryer Balls. They really are magic-workers, and can help maintain even, thorough drying.
- If it’s still damp when you take it out of the dryer, don’t be shocked! This often happens for comforters. Finish drying on a rack for 1-2 days before storing it or placing it back on your bed!
And there you have it! Now, it’s always a good idea to check the tag or your comforter’s care guidelines for more information as some materials require a bit more attention than others! Read through and take note of any special instructions, like water temperature, dryer temperature, and more. (Unfortunately, if the tag says "dry clean only," the rest of these tips may not prove very useful. It's best to heed this advice and head to your local dry cleaner for a comforter consultation instead.) Happy washing!