How do you clean a down comforter? Are they washable?
Rose from Bloomer, WI
By COOKIEPOM (Guest Post) 01/12/2007
I have a down comforter that I had taken to the cleaners. It cost a lot to have it cleaned/I think it was $20 or so. Anyway when I got it back it did not look all that clean. Then my husband got chocolate on it and I decided to try the washer. I put is in and worked it around in the water to make sure it was immersed properly. It washed fine. I did spin it dry several times before I put it in the dryer for about 30 minutes. Then I hung it out to dry in the house. It looks fine and I will continue to do this method as long as I have it. Just keep an eye on it in the washer and dryer. I can't see paying a cleaners again to have it cleaned for no better than it came back. It would be easier if I had taken it to the Laundry Mat as the machines are bigger and the dryers are too, but I did not want to take the time ect... I hope this helps!
By down in the dumps (Guest Post) 07/06/2007
The tips above were great...I didn't know about using tennis balls....
By Carolyn Ballard (Guest Post) 09/21/2007
I did mine in the washer and dryer but it came out smelling like bird or something.........unpleasant to say the least. Any suggestions on getting the smell out?
Editor's Note: It sounds like it isn't completely dry. It can take a while with down. Make sure to put a clean canvas shoe or tennis balls in with it to fluff it up.
By Lee (Guest Post) 12/17/2007
Is it safe to use bleach on my white down comforter? What would happen to it?
By Sue (Guest Post) 04/09/2008
Thanks, this is all great advice. My king sized down comforter is hitting the washing machine this morning.
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We have a goose down comforter with cotton cover. It needs cleaning for the Fall. Can this be done safely in the washing machine or does it have to be taken to the dry cleaners. Thanks!
C.E. from Nashville, TN
By Jess - North Attleboro, MA
I usually toss it in the dryer for 1/2 hour on hot, then hang it to dry completely. Once it is dry, it will need to go back in the dryer for 15 minutes to fluff it up and distribute the down evenly!
To get rid of the mildew, you first have to spray it with an ammonia mix. Bleach doesn't kill the fungus! I spray with ammonia-water, wait a few days (Just to be on the safe side! You don't want to mix ammonia and bleach!), then spray with the bleach-water.
The ammonia kills the mildew, but will not make it white again. The bleach makes it white, but it will always come back, because it is not killing it! (11/30/2000)