Down Duvet Washing Instructions

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Down Duvet Washing Instructions
Duvets work as a cover to protect the filling from stains. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Down -- made from goose feathers -- is a common filler for comforters, pillows and duvets. Duvets are comforters that work as a bag filled with insulating material, such as down. They are large pieces of bedding and can be a bit difficult to wash. Most manufacturers recommend washing the duvet once a year and to spot clean the duvet between washings to keep it looking its best. Before laundering your duvet, check with the duvet manufacturer's washing instructions.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1/4 cup gentle washing powder

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    Turn your washing machine dial to the gentle cycle with a cool water temperature and let the washer drum begin to fill with water. Add 1/4 cup of a gentle washing powder to the water. If your washing machine has a detergent receptacle, add the detergent into it.

  2. 2

    Submerge the down duvet into the washing machine. Shut the washer door and let it complete a full cycle. Examine the duvet for detergent residue. You may have to run the duvet through another rinse cycle to remove any remaining detergent residue.

  3. 3

    Begin squeezing -- do not twist -- one end of the duvet while working your way downward. Washing machine spin cycles do not always remove all the excess water from the duvet.

  4. 4

    Place the down duvet in the dryer and dry on low heat or tumble dry for several hours. Down duvets may take up to 12 hours to dry completely. After a few hours of drying, remove the duvet and shake it to distribute the down. Place the duvet back in the dryer and continue drying.

Tips and warnings

  • Many home washing machine models do not feature a large enough capacity to handle down duvets. Consider washing and drying your down duvet at a laundromat to use commercial size washers and dryers.

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