How to wash a duvet

Most of us wash our bedding every 1-2 weeks, so why is it that many of us neglect our duvets? A quarter of Brits have never washed their duvets, but over time our duvets accumulate a plethora of nasties, including dirt, dust and dead skin.

According to experts, a duvet that hasn’t been washed for 12 months will contain around 20,000 dust mites! This can cause a variety of issues for your skin and eyes, as well as exasperating any existing allergies or conditions such as asthma – so it’s advisable to wash yours every two to three months to avoid these irritants affecting your sleep.

How should I wash my duvet?

Before washing your duvet, it’s important to check the label as many feather and down-filled duvets will need to be dry cleaned, rather than put in the washing machine. If your duvet is machine washable, and is free from any noticeable stains, check it has enough room to move around in the drum before folding it in half and popping it in the machine.

What washing machine setting should I use to wash my duvet? 

To wash your duvet, use a normal spin setting on your washing machine. It’s better to let it dry naturally (preferably in direct sunlight as this will kill any surviving micro-organisms) afterwards, so keep in mind it will take a couple of days to dry completely.

How should I wash my pillows? 

You now know how to wash your duvet, but don’t forget about your pillows! We recommend washing pillows at a temperature setting of 60 degrees to kill any bacteria. The good news is that synthetic pillows can be dried on the lowest heat setting – so you won’t have to wait for them to dry naturally.

Top Tip: to stop your pillows from clumping in the dryer, throw in a couple of tennis balls inside some old sock. This will essentially ‘fluff up’ your pillows and help keep them looking and feeling like new.

How can I get a stain out of my duvet? 

As much as we try and avoid it, sometimes our duvets get stained. It’s advisable to spot clean any stains before you put your duvet in the washing machine, here’s how:

Move the comforter filling away from the stain

Mix a 50-50 solution of water and vinegar, and apply to the stain

Use a clean, white cloth to blot the area

If the stain is still there, rub the fabric together to try and get the stain to loosen. Wash it off with some clean water and use your clean, white cloth to blot the area again. Repeat until the stain has disappeared.

Want to find the perfect duvet to suit your needs? Read our Duvet Buying Guide, and discover all the sleep and cleaning tips you need over at the Bensons blog.


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