How To Clean A Duvet Without A Washing Machine

Pillowcases, sheets, and even pillows are easy to wash regularly since they easily fit in any washing machine. But duvets are bulky and don’t fit in most regular machines at home. This is one of the main reasons many people go for a long time without cleaning their duvet. Of course, this is not hygienic since the comforter accumulates skin cells, sweat, body oils and allergens which can only lead to an allergy party – a huge NO! So are you wondering how to clean a duvet without a washing machine? We are here to help!

Washing machine loaded with a duvet

The average person will spend about a third of their life under a comforter. This is why it’s so crucial that you regularly wash yours. When it comes to cleaning your down comforter, you can relax since it is not hard to do. Even if you don’t have a washer or yours is too small to fit the duvet, there are some great alternatives. Keep on reading to learn more about how to clean a duvet without a washing machine efficiently and in no time!

Preparing your duvet for the wash

Before we move on to the ways to wash duvets, there are a few things you should first know. Keep on reading to find out all you need to know to prepare your duvet.

1. Remove the cover

If the duvet has a cover, you should remove it and wash it separately. You can usually wash and dry the cover in a regular capacity washer and tumble dryer. Just make sure to check the instructions on the cover’s tag. It will help you know the rinse cycle

2. Mend any holes and open seams 

If there are any holes or tears in your duvet, you should sew them up before washing it. Mending these will prevent its stuffing from falling out during the washing.

3. Read the washing instructions label

Your duvet will probably have a tag on it that contains washing instructions. You should follow the manufacturer’s directions for washing and drying it.

  1. The picture of a bucket or tub tells you whether or not it is machine washable. You can wash most bed linen and synthetic duvets in the washer if it has a large capacity to fit them. The number in the tub is the maximum water temperature for the spin cycle and if it needs hot or cold water. A hand in the tub means it must be hand-washed only.
  2. A square having a circle inside it represents the dryer. Dots inside that symbol correspond to the dryer temperature. Fewer dots means lower temperatures and a gentle cycle. More or bigger dots means you can use higher heat. If there is an “X” through the square, it means you should only line dry the item.

Washing instructions label on yellow cloth

How often should you wash your duvet

You don’t need to wash your duvet as often as other bedding since they have a cover. It is usually a neglected chore, but you should wash duvets every 6 months to a year. That way, you can prevent dead skin cells, dust mites, bacteria and all the bodily fluids lost during sleep from getting harmful to your healthy rest. Washing your comforter will also keep it looking new and smell fresh. In addition, you should fluff it every day when you make your bed to provide a steady airflow. Here is a list to help you out with your duvet care programme:

  • With a duvet cover, wash it every 3-5 years
  • Without a cover, wash it every 1-2 years
  • Give it a shake daily
  • Wash your cover once a month
  • Check for stains and spot clean yearly

How to clean your duvet without a washing machine

Do you want to clean your duvet, but you don’t own a washing machine, or do you have a small capacity one? Don’t worry! There are many other easy ways you can wash it efficiently. Keep on reading to find the one that suits you best.

Hand washing

One of the most common options is to wash your duvet by hand at home. It will not cost you anything, apart from laundry detergent. The only downside is that it’s time-consuming and tedious to handwash something as bulky as a comforter. It is also essential to check the care label to see if you can wash it by hand. Some delicate duvets are dry clean only, and you should avoid hand washing them. In case it is safe to clean it that way, here’s what you should do:

  1. If your duvet is stained or very dirty, you should soak it in the water first. If you don’t have a large basin, you can use your bathtub.
  2. Add borax or gentle detergent to the water to help loosen dirt and lift stains.
  3. Let it soak for 30 minutes.
  4. Hand wash the duvet gently by swirling it about and pressing it down on it in the water.
  5. Then, drain the soapy water and add some freshwater primarily. You may also add fabric softener to the rinse water to keep your comforter wrinkle-free, soft and smelling nice.
  6. Keep pressing and swirling it until you no longer see any soap suds in the water. You will need to rinse it several times to get all the soap out.
  7. Do not wring it as you could deform its filling. You should either hang-dry it outside or put it in the dryer if its care label says it’s okay to do so.

White duvet hanging to dry on a deck

Dry cleaning

Some duvets with delicate filling like wool cannot be machine washed, but they are safe for dry washing. Most regular ones can also be dry cleaned, but you should check the care label to be sure. Dry cleaning is excellent for removing deep-down dirt, tough stains and build-up allergens. Also, most laundrettes offer dry washing, and you can have your duvet ready in a day.

Use a mattress cleaning spray

You can also use a cleaning spray, like one of those mattress deodoriser/sanitiser sprays. All you need to do is follow the instructions on the label to clean your duvet. These sprays do a great job removing tough stains and brightening colours. They can also eliminate any smells trapped in the fibres.

Go to a launderetteProfessional cleaning service

Most laundromats have industrial-size machines that fit any duvet size. You should check if there’s one in your area, but first, make sure your duvet is machine washable. Also, check the recommended washing and drying temperature and the kinds of detergents you can use. It is usually best to use a gentle detergent and avoid bleach. It shouldn’t cost you more than £10-£20 to wash and dry your comforter in most launderettes.

Taking your down duvet to the dry cleaner is also a great idea since it’s easy and worry-free. That means to have your dry cleaner wash the comforter in a large machine so you can be sure that it will be clean and undamaged. The cost depends on the duvet’s size, but generally, it costs from $30 to $50 to have a dry cleaner wash your comforter.

Row of industrial laundry machines in laundromat in a public laundromat

Spot cleaning

Spill accidents happen, right? If your duvet is primarily clean and has only a few stains or dirty spots, spot cleaning is better than washing the entire thing. 

You can either use mild detergent, a white vinegar mixture or a mixture of baking soda and water. For the last case, mix about 4 tablespoons in a ¼ cup of water to make an excellent stain-removal paste. You may also buy a stain remover cleaner that’s safe for your material and follow these steps:

  1. First, wet the dirty or stained area using a wet cloth
  2. Then apply your stain remover
  3. Rub around the stain gently until it goes away
  4. Use a dry cloth to blot the damp area and make it as dry as possible
  5. Open your windows to get the duvet to dry quickly, or hang it outside to dry

To spot clean your comforter after a spillage happened with a detergent:

  1. Grasp the otter cover
  2. Shake it to remove any of the filling from that area
  3. Tie the isolated area with a band or string
  4. Apply your mild detergent mixed with warm water to the affected area
  5. Rub the foam into the stain
  6. Rinse it with warm water
  7. Squeeze the excess water out as much as possible
  8. Then, untie the isolated area and let it air dry

How to dry it completely

Once your comforter is clean and nice, it’s equally important to ensure it’s scorched. If a large capacity dryer isn’t an option, a stand-alone drying rack in your home or line drying will also work. If it is made from synthetic materials and you wish to use the dryer, put it in a low heat cycle and avoid high heat. Natural materials can’t stand much heat, so set the dryer on air or low and allow them to dry thoroughly. Thoroughly is vital since you don’t want any mould or mildew to develop, and you want to ensure that the filling is evenly distributed.

You can also add a few clean tennis balls or wool dryer balls into your dryer. The balls will absorb more moisture and remove static. Both the tennis balls and wool dryer balls will prevent the comforter’s filling from clumping in one area. Remove the comforter and air out in a sunny location for a few hours when it’s ready. The sun’s rays will help kill any remaining dust mites and ensure your comforter is fully dry

3 Wool dryer balls on blankets
The main difficulty with washing your comforter is that it’s unlikely to fit in your washer. Don’t worry, though; there are various other solutions. With proper care, your comforter can last many years, and you can ensure a long warm life with your treasured friend. Follow our cleaning methods to remove all stains and continue to enjoy a dry, clean and cosy night’s sleep!

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