How to wash a down or down comforter without spoiling it

Temperatures drop at night and you already want to use, or we will not take long to do so, the winter down or down comforter so as not to get cold. Many people take advantage of this moment before the first use to wash it and thus start the clean season. In fact, It is recommended that if a duvet cover is used to protect it during the months of use, it only needs to be washed once per season. However, What is the best way to do it at home?

If we want to do the down washing ourselves and not resort to a dry cleaner or a public laundry service, we have two options: the washing machine or the bathtub.

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In the washing machine

Before opting for this option, we must make sure that our quilt fits well in our washing machine. With the singles there will be no problems, but this is not the case with many of the double or double beds that need a washing machine with a load greater than 8 kg to be able to wash.

In this sense, it is important not to force the duvet into the washing machine If we see that it does not fit since it will not wash well and it may be damaged (or even the washing machine may be damaged by excess load). Therefore, only continue with this option if our washing machine has enough capacity. Once we have made sure of it, It is necessary to check the manufacturer’s recommendations to know the washing temperature and, if we are not sure, we will have to opt for a cold wash program.

On the other hand, before putting the duvet in the washing machine, you have to check that there is no hole where the filling can come out and sew it to fix it if so (during washing, a small hole can easily get bigger and be a problem). And when it comes to detergent, better not to use fabric softener or aggressive products such as bleach to protect the filling. If there is any difficult stain, we will rub it with detergent before washing to facilitate its removal. In addition, manufacturers recommend adding the detergent to the washing machine diluted in water to make it easier to reach the entire interior filling.

Spin should not be at high revolutions And it doesn’t hurt to do an extra rinse (or two) to make sure no trace of detergent remains. We need not worry if the duvet comes out of the gray washing machine and is flat and wrinkled. It is normal due to the water that the filling has absorbed so we should not give it importance because once it is dry, it will return to its normal appearance.

In the bath

If our duvet does not fit in the washing machine, we always have the option of using the bathtub, although it is the solution that will take us more time and work.

We will start by filling the bathtub with warm water (the necessary to cover the duvet) and we will dilute the detergent preventing it from foaming. The type of detergent should be indicated for delicate clothes and the amount as if we were using the washing machine.

Then, we put the down in the bathtub, submerging it completely and without air bubbles remaining inside for later stir it every 15 minutes to make sure the detergent gets everywhere. We can help ourselves with a broomstick as it requires strength to move a wet quilt. Once done several times, we will let the water go from the bathtub and we will gently squeeze the down to remove all the water that remains. The moment of rinsing is probably the most difficult because we must repeat this process of filling with water and drain the duvet well a few times; to rinse it well so that no detergent remains inside. Once clarified, you have to try to drain it as much as possible to reduce drying time.


The drying process is very important because we must make sure that there is no moisture left inside. Again two options:

Air dry: It is not the best solution because it may take up to two days in sunny weather (if it is indoors or without good weather it may take even longer). When laying it, it must be as stretched as possible and horizontal so that the wet down filling does not drift to the ends, caking and leaving empty gaps inside the comforter. While the drying lasts, better if several times a day, we change it position and shake it a little to make it easier for it not to get caked.

Tumble dry: if we have a dryer and it is big enough, this is the best option. We must select a medium temperature program and put two tennis balls inside the dryer with the duvet. These will hit the duvet as it dries and will help the down filling to be well distributed.