How to Wash a Down Comforter

Can I wash my down comforter at home? Yes, however you first should ensure that your washer and dryer are large enough to accommodate your down duvet.

Drying, in particular, can be cumbersome and inconvenient and we recommend taking your duvet to the dry cleaner for ease.

Note: If you have silk ticking on your duvet, it can only be dry cleaned. Eiderdown should not be washed too often, and we recommend protecting your investment with a high quality duvet protector.

How Often Should I Wash My Comforter?

Protect your duvet by always using it with a duvet cover – the duvet cover should be laundered weekly. This will keep your duvet clean, and it will only need to be washed if it has been soiled.

Washing Your Down Comforter

  • Before washing your duvet, be sure to check it for any tears that may allow the down to spill out. If you find a rip, repair it before washing.
  • Use a mild detergent. We recommend Tide Free and Gentle, which is hypoallergenic and without dyes or perfumes.
In a Front-Loading Machine (Preferred Method)
  • If you do not have one, head to a laundromat or a friend’s house. There are two reasons for this: in a top-loading machine, the duvet may get air bubbles and float to the top, preventing a thorough washing. Second, the agitator may damage your comforter.
  • Delicate cycle, warm water. Note: Warm water will wash away allergens, but will not kill dust mites. If this is a concern for you, you can use hot water to wash your duvet – just not too often (you don’t want the outer shell to shrink)!
  • Run an extra spin cycle; this will help to make sure that any residues from your detergent are rinsed out and to expel any excess water. Residues from detergents can cause deterioration to the fabric and can ‘gunk up’ the fibers in your down.
In a Top-Loading Machine
  • Delicate cycle, Warm water, Fast Spin settings
  • Let the machine fill partially and then add the detergent before adding your duvet
  • Intermittently open the lid and press down to expel any extra air that may cause your duvet to float to the top.

Drying Your Duvet

  • Squish out excess water using a towel; do not wring or twist your duvet.
  • Be patient, comforters are large and down is slow-drying.
  • Please note that wet down often has a bitter odor – that is normal and will go away once dry.
In a Dryer (Preferred Method)
  • Make sure that your dryer can accommodate the dry size of your duvet
  • Dry them on the delicate cycle, low or medium heat. Because of how large comforters are, this may take several hours.
  • Add dryer balls or clean tennis balls to help fluff the comforter as it dries.
  • In between cycles, pull out the duvet and feel it. If you find that any large clumps are forming, you can shake it or use your fingers to break up the clumps.
  • Be sure to dry completely before use. If you feel any damp spots (they may register as cool spots in the filling), your duvet is not dry. Using a damp duvet could lead to mildew and shorten the life of your duvet.
On a Clothesline (Hang Dry)
  • This method is not recommended as wet down is heavy, and the pull of gravity can damage the baffle design.
  • Hang your duvet to dry, making sure it lies evenly along the line.
  • Shake and rotate often to prevent the wet, heavy down filling from falling to one side of the baffles.
  • After hang drying your comforter, you can put it in the dryer for a cycle to help fluff it and to mitigate the risk of mildew.