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Washing duvet: the best tips

It is one of the nicest feelings when you can snuggle up in a freshly made bed. It is only nicer if not only the bed linen is fresh, but the pillows and duvet are also washed. For the fragrant dream of freshness, however, you have to pay attention to a few things, otherwise you will be left with a lumpy blanket that is anything but cozy.

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Should you wash the duvet before use?

Some wonder if you have to wash a new duvet before using it for the first time. The answer to that is no. You don't have to wash a new duvet before using it, but you can do it if you feel more comfortable with it. Here you should just pay attention to what the label says.

The advantage of duvets and pillows is that most of them have a neutral odor, so many people don't see the need to wash them before using them for the first time

How often should you wash the duvet?

As a rough guide, duvets should be washed about once a year. The pillow up to twice a year.

The reason for this is that we lose around half a liter of body fluid through sweat during the night. It ends up in the pillow and the duvet. The bed linen cannot prevent the sweat from settling in the filling. This means that the filling can stick together in the long term. With the sweat, of course, moisture also remains in the blanket and can have a negative effect on heat regulation.

Regular washing also removes dust mites.

How long can you use a duvet?

There is no exact time for changing the duvet. This depends on the material as well as how much you sweat and how often the blanket is used. The duvet in the guest room is usually not as stressed as the one in the bedroom. There are also modern materials that are designed for long-term use.

It is generally said that duvets should be changed after about ten years. However, this can only be determined precisely in individual cases.

Can you also wash a duvet in the washing machine?

In principle, a duvet can also be cleaned in the washing machine without any problems. This is also not a problem with pillows. With a down comforter, you should only refrain from spinning, as the sensitive down and feathers could otherwise be damaged.

In general, however, the drum volume of a duvet is our undoing. Duvets larger than 1.55 cm often simply no longer fit in the washing machine.

As a rule, duvets must not be squeezed too much, otherwise the filling can be damaged. This is especially a problem with down comforters.

Most of the time, the only option left is professional cleaning. There are machines with a significantly larger capacity than normal household washing machines.

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At how many degrees should you wash a duvet?

If you can wash your blanket in the washing machine, you should also be careful with the temperature. Most germs and bacteria die from a temperature of 60 degrees, including mites. A 60-degree wash is therefore particularly recommended for allergy sufferers. The problem with this, however, is that not every material should be washed that hot.

  • Cotton duvets can usually be washed at 60 degrees.
  • Down comforters can also be washed at 60 degrees.
  • Polyester blankets can often only be washed at 30 to 40 degrees.
  • Microfiber blankets are a special case: there are specimens that can only tolerate 30 to 40 degrees and others that can withstand 60 degrees without any problems.

If you want to wash your duvet, you can't avoid looking at the label. It says exactly at how many degrees the blanket can be washed. If the label is no longer on the ceiling or has already faded, it is better to wash a little colder than too hot and damaging the ceiling.

Which detergent do you need for a duvet?

You can also go wrong with detergents. If you choose the wrong detergent, the filling will be damaged and the ceiling will become lumpy and unusable.

Down comforters

Down and feather fillings, for example, do not tolerate heavy-duty detergents. This cleans too aggressively. It would remove the layer of fat around the feather and down fibers, causing the filling to clump together. It is best to wash down comforters with a mild detergent (here at Amazon) * or directly with a special down detergent (order here at Amazon) *.

Cotton blankets

Cotton blankets can be washed with a heavy-duty detergent without any problems.

Synthetic fiber duvets

You should wash blankets that are filled with synthetic fibers with mild detergent (here at Amazon) * or color detergent. These clean more gently than heavy-duty detergents because they do not contain bleach.

Tip: You should definitely avoid fabric softener. Fabric softener only causes the fibers of the filling to stick together. The duvet would be lumpy afterwards.

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Washing duvets without a washing machine: this is how it works

Many washing machines are simply too small to wash a duvet in. Of course, you could still stuff the blanket into the drum, but that would only damage the filling and prevent thorough cleaning - and that's actually the whole point. The tip to wet the ceiling so that it shrinks is also not helpful. You might get the blanket in the drum, but the blanket doesn't get really clean that way either.

If you cannot or do not want to have your duvet cleaned, you can wash it yourself in the bathtub. It is best to use only a little detergent and make sure to rinse it out very thoroughly afterwards. If a residue of detergent was left in the blanket, the fibers of the filling would stick together.

However, the most problematic thing about DIY cleaning is drying. It is important that the blanket is completely dry before you continue using it. A damp blanket is not only uncomfortable in bed, but also the perfect breeding ground for germs, bacteria and fungi.

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Dry the duvet properly

Dryer drums are often slightly larger than those on washing machines. If you are lucky and can put your blanket in the dryer, you should definitely do so. It is best to also put some dryer balls (order here from Amazon) * in the drum. This shortens the drying time and doesn't have to run the dryer too hot. Many blankets do not tolerate this anyway, so it is best to use the dryer on the gentle cycle.

If you don't have a dryer (or one with a small drum), it is best to wash your blanket on a hot, sunny day. Then you can let the blanket, spread out on a clothes horse, dry in the sun.

Shake the blanket well again and again so that the filling is distributed and remember to turn the blanket regularly. It is best to dry the blanket in the fresh air or a wide-open window.

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