How To Wash a Comforter - A 9-Steps Guide


There’s 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 plush bed can be. Learn how to wash a comforter in just 9 steps!

Learning how to wash a comforter at home may seem overwhelming at first, but 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 clean comforter feeling soft and comfy in no time.

How to Wash a Comforter

  1. 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.
  2. Remove the duvet cover, if there is one.
  3. 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!
  4. Insert a Dropps 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 Fabric Softener Pod for added comfort and fragrance.
  5. 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.
  6. Wash on the “bulky” or “extra large” cycle.
  7. 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.
  8. Dry on a low heat or no heat setting. Add a set of XL Wool Dryer Balls to speed up drying time and keep the comforter fluffy! 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.
  9. 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!

Frequently Asked Questions

Got a burning question about how to clean a comforter? We have answers!

Can I put my comforter in the dryer?

Not only can you put your comforter in the dryer, you should! It is important to dry your comforter thoroughly after washing to prevent mildew growth and mold. Adding Wool Dryer Balls will aid in the drying process.

How do you wash a comforter without ruining it?

Be sure to check the care label on your comforter before washing it. If the label does not have any specific warnings or instructions, odds are that your comforter is more durable than you think! You should be able to wash and dry your comforter easily without ruining it. If your comforter is made of or contains natural materials like down or silk, we recommend using an enzyme free detergent, like our Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent, to prevent any damage to natural fibers.

How do you wash a large comforter?

It is best to wash a large comforter in washing machine. A large capacity or industrial washing machine is best for large comforters, so depending on the size of your bed and machine, a trip to the laundromat may be in order!

How do you wash and dry a comforter?

It is best to machine wash and dry a comforter. Depending on the size of your comforter and bed, you can do this at home or at a laundromat. You could also drop it off for dry cleaning, if you wish!

And there you have it! Remember to always 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, or if the comforter requires dry cleaning. We hope you feel empowered by this knowledge of how to wash a comforter.Enjoy your clean comforter, and happy washing!