How to Clean a Down Comforter in a Washing Machine

Can you wash your down comforter in a washing machine at home? Many people think that down comforters can’t be washed in a washing machine. You can, but you have to make sure that the machine can handle the comforter.

There is nothing better than a warm and cozy down comforter on a cold winter’s night…..except maybe waking up all snuggled up and toasty warm inside it.

If you’ve ever owned one, you know exactly why this type of bedding is highly prized. Down comforters are softer, lighter and warmer than other materials which makes for a better nights rest.

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Higher end down comforters are filled with the soft and quill “less” feathers of the underbelly of a duck or goose. This is why they are so light and fluffy.

For the most part, down comforters are a nice addition to your bedding and require very little maintenance. In fact, unless your comforter becomes soiled, stained, or develops an odor, the manufacturer recommends only cleaning when absolutely necessary or every 3-5 years.

The manufacturer also recommends using a dry-cleaner as your best option for cleaning. While you should definitely avoid excessive laundering of your comforter, you can launder your down comforter yourself with a little preparation and care.

If you choose to wash your comforter yourself, just follow these simple steps to clean it:

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