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How to Wash a Down Comforter at Home in 4 Easy Steps


While you only need to wash a down comforter every 2-3 years, it can be daunting to wash this large, but delicate, item. Can you put a down comforter in the washing machine? You can, but only if you have a large-capacity front-load washer and use a gentle cycle, mild detergent, and low dryer temperature.

Master how to wash a down comforter safely at home with 4 easy-to-follow steps.

Comforter Care 101: How to Wash a Down Comforter in the Washer

If you have the right type of washer, we suggest reading the care label to make sure the comforter is machine-washable.

Can you wash a down comforter that says dry-clean only? Unfortunately, doing so could damage the filling or outer material. In this case, dry-cleaning is the only way to clean your comforter without risking harm.

The following step-by-step guide details how to wash a down comforter that is machine-washable from the comfort of home.

1. Arrange the Comforter in the Washer

Given the size of a typical down comforter, throwing it in the washer and closing the door isn’t the best option. Doing so can cause clumping, creating unwashed spots, or even damage. Instead, spread the comforter out as much as possible in the washer drum, giving it maximum access to space, water, and detergent. Try to limit twisting or folds so water and detergent can reach every inch.

2. Add the Right Detergent

There is no particular brand of detergent that is best for washing a down comforter. Using any mild detergent will get your comforter clean and avoid stains or damage to the filling or outer material. 

Follow these tips for adding detergent before washing:

  • Use the least amount recommended on the detergent bottle to avoid an excess of suds and residue in the down filling.
  • Refrain from using fabric softener, which can also leave behind a waxy residue.
  • Use only chlorine-free bleach to freshen and brighten your comforter, as standard bleach can damage the delicate fabric.

3. Set the Correct Wash Cycle

One of the most important steps in how to wash a down comforter at home is setting the right wash cycle. This will prevent damage and ensure that the comforter is sufficiently spun and rinsed.

Here’s how to choose the right wash settings for your down comforter:

  • Always select a gentle cycle to avoid harming the fabric or down filling.
  • Opt for either a cold or warm water temperature, as hot water can cause shrinking.
  • If possible, select an extra or extended rinse and spin cycle to ensure that there are no lingering suds in the filling.
can you put a down comforter in the dryer
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4. Dry the Comforter Properly

Can you put a down comforter in the dryer? You can, as long as you use the lowest heat setting. While your comforter could take several hours to dry, it will prevent any heat damage to the material or filling. 

Help your comforter dry properly with these additional tips:

  • Add 2-3 dryer or tennis balls to the dryer, along with the comforter, to prevent clumping.
  • Pause the drying cycle every 30 minutes and shake out the comforter to redistribute the down.
  • Continue drying until no damp spots remain and the comforter feels fluffy and light throughout.

From how to wash a down comforter to assessing repairs, the washing machine experts at Same Day Service Company can answer any question. Call us for all your laundry appliance needs!


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