How To Wash Your Duvet Without Damaging It?

Your duvets need to be cleaned just like clothes and sheets do. Especially for those of you who use them every day, you should fresh them up regularly. Of course, it’s not always possible to wash them. Certain conditions are needed. For example, is your washing machine big enough to fit your duvet? What can you do if it doesn’t fit? If you don’t know, your washer will break down, and that means more expenses for you!

A white duvet on a bed

Since you can’t wash the duvets all the time, you better use some covers. This way, you’ll keep your duvet clean of dirt and dust, and you’ll regularly change the décor in your bedroom. Before sharing with you some useful tips on how to wash your soft, comfortable and delicate duvet, check out some things you should do anyway, regardless of the type of yours:

  • Always check the washing instructions on the label of each one. They’re not all the same, and you certainly don’t want to ruin them by washing them the wrong way.
  • Check if your duvet can be washed in your washer. And if it is possible, does it fit into it? Don’t overpressure your device!
  • In case it doesn’t fit into the washing machine, you better let a dry cleaner do it.
  • Wash it in your washer on a gentle cycle, keeping spins low. You don’t want to slam your fluffy duvet.
  • Dry it very well, in the dryer or the sun, and then iron it to kill any bacteria left.
  • Make sure you wash it at least once or twice a year.

Why is it important to wash your duvet?

Your duvets collect dust mites and bacteria, as well as dead skin cells and sweat, like your bedsheets, silk pillowcases and bed linens. And all this happens while you’re sleeping! It’s a little disturbing knowing that you’re sleeping through all this, isn’t it?

To be sure that yours is clean and free of bacteria or mites that can harm you, you should wash it 1-2 times a year; At the same frequency, you should wash your pillows. In addition to health reasons, washing helps the duvet remain new and last longer. While using the duvet, it becomes thinner, and in many cases, its filling is altered, resulting in loss of its properties. 

How to prepare my duvets for washing?

So, it’s time to wash your duvets. How are you going to do so? You can’t just grab them and push them into the washer. There’s a pre-process you need to follow before washing them. 

Make Sure The Duvet Is Washable 

Before washing your duvet, check its care label to ensure that it’s machine washable and doesn’t require dry-cleaning. Make sure to check all general instructions suggested by the manufacturer.

A woman putting her duvet in the washing machine

Check For Damages

Make sure that your cover is in good condition with no holes. If there are any holes, mend them to prevent the filling from coming out during the washing cycle and the drying process. 


This step will ensure the best cleaning results, especially if you have a very dirty duvet. So, what do you have to do? A bathtub will work perfectly (or a large container). Fill it with water, add borax or a pre-soaking treatment detergent, and let it soak for an hour. 

Large Capacity Machine

Duvets, because of their volume, need to be washed in large capacity machines. A household device probably won’t fit a duvet. That’s why you’ll have to visit the nearest launderette, which owns large machines that can cover your needs. 

How often should you wash your duvet?

Ideally, it is recommended to wash our covers often, more specifically every 2-3 months. As this might not always be possible, experts recommend cleaning and washing them at least twice a year.

We often need to wash our duvets depending on whether they are made of natural or synthetic materials since each type has its own way of washing. To be sure how to wash it, so you don’t destroy it, you need to read its washing label carefully, which contains details of the instructions for washing. Let’s see some additional information on how it is recommended to wash yours, depending on the type.

How to wash your cotton duvet?

Cotton covers can easily be washed in your washing machine as long as they can fit into it. A small amount of liquid detergent and cool water can get the job done. Avoid using bleach or any other whitening detergent. If you dry it in the tumble dryer, choose the cool setting. Before the cycle ends, take the duvet out and hang it outside in direct sunlight. 

How to wash your feather or down duvet?

Another popular type is the one with feather or down filling. This type has delicate materials such as goose and duck feathers. That’s why you should address professionals about washing them or dry cleaning them, always according to the labels’ washing instructions.

A feather filled duvet having a hole

If you choose to wash them yourself in your washing machine, you should pay attention to the following:

  1. Make sure your duvet fits into your washer. Don’t put more than one on each wash.
  2. Be sure to wash it on the delicate cycle using a non – bio detergent or a small amount of mild liquid detergent. Don’t use any bleach or fabric softener because it won’t dry properly, and will probably lose its shape.
  3. Set the warm, gentle cycle.
  4. Attention to the spinning. Delicates need only a few spins if you don’t want to damage them. 
  5. You also need to be careful while rinsing. To be sure that it’s wholly rinsed, set the rinse cycle 2-3 times. 
  6. Make sure they dry very well. This is easy as long as you have a dryer. Use the low heat and take it off to shake it a few times until the cycle ends. Avoid hanging it outside since direct sunlight can make it smell bad. Their fillings are easy to keep moisture and catch mould.

Extra drying tip: Use dryer balls or clean tennis balls while drying, to prevent losing their form. 

How to wash your synthetic or microfiber fill duvet? 

Synthetic covers are generally easier to wash. They can be washed fearlessly in your washer, as long as they fit in. So if that’s the case, put them in the washer, but pay attention to this:

  1. Read the instructions for washing carefully on the label.
  2. Don’t overload the washer. Leave some space for better results.
  3. Select the delicate cycle at 60 degrees and don’t overdo it with the spinning.
  4. Let them dry in the fresh air to prevent mould and mildew.

How to remove stains from duvets and quilts

Sometimes a small stain might occur, like blood or urine stains. Or someone can accidentally spill a liquid over it. That’s more possible if kids are around. There’s no need to toss your duvet in the washer. You can treat just the stained area. Here are a couple of tips to do depending on the stain.

Liquid stain

If you spill a drink, then immediately:

  1. Blot the excess liquid using a clean cloth.
  2. Remove as much filling away from the affected area and tie it with a rubber band.
  3. Then, apply warm water with a mild detergent to the troubled area.
  4. Rub the stain.
  5. Rinse with warm water and remove the excess liquid.
  6. Finally, untie the rubber band. 
A jar of baking soda on a wooden surface

Dry stain

If you notice there’s a stain that has dried, then do as follows:

  1. Remove the filling away from the troubled area. 
  2. Tie it with a rubber band.
  3. Make a paste of baking soda and water or a cleaning solution of equal parts of water and white vinegar and apply it over the area.
  4. Then, blot the stain with a clean cloth.

Blood or urine stains

In case there’s a blood or urine mark, then:

  1. Move the filling away from the spot.
  2. Tie it with a rubber band to isolate it from the rest of the duvet.
  3. Create a cleaning solution. You can either make a mixture of equal parts ammonia or hydrogen peroxide and water or bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar.
  4. Soak a clean sponge in the cleaning solution and rub the stain. 

Don’t forget that you should always let the cover dry. You can dry it either by using a hairdryer or let it air dry.  In case you use a hairdryer, make sure you keep it far away from the covers to avoid damaging it with the hot air. 

Can you tumble dry a duvet?

All covers are labelled with both washing and drying instructions to inform on how to clean and dry them. Fortunately, most duvet types can be dried in a dryer as long as you follow the instructions. In case one can’t be tumble dried, you should find another way to do it, like choosing the air dry way.

Here are a couple of tips and tricks that can help you dry your duvet in the dryer, keeping it as fluffy as the first time you bought it.

  • It would be best if you always choose the low heat and the longer cycle.
  • Use dryer balls or even tennis balls in a sock or a pillowcase while drying the duvet. This trick will prevent clumping.
  • Take the covers out of the dryer and shake it during the drying cycle. It would help if you did that several times. 
A man using a tumble dryer

Like clothes, sheets and towels, duvets need to be washed and cleaned as well. Therefore, it is recommended that they are washed at least twice a year. Of course, it would be better to wash them more regularly, like every 2-3 months, but this might not be possible. So make sure to hang them often in the sun to be freshened. With proper maintenance and storage, your covers will be kept in good condition, you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep, and you will repurchase a new one after years!

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