What to do before you pack away your winter bedding

 

 

 

One of our guilty pleasures is snuggling under our down duvet at the end of a long day.  Although some are made with synthetic, man-made fillers, we’ve splurged and have a down filled duvet.

 

Usually by this time each year, we’re packing away our down duvet for the season.  I say ‘usually’ because this has been an exceptionally long winter, so we haven’t been so quick to relinquish it.  However by spring, it’s due for a good cleaning and ‘fluff.’

 

Didn’t think you could wash your own duvet?  You can!  Depending on the size, you can either wash your duvet in your own washer, or at a laundromat in an over-size washer.  After washing however, you’ll notice that when down is wet, it goes flat.  To dry and fluff up the down, add several LooHoos to the dryer; you’ll definitely notice that it helps to speed up the drying time by allowing better air circulation around your duvet and fluffing the down to its original softness.

 

In the past, to achieve the same results, some have put tennis balls and even tennis shoes (even more rubber) in the dryer with their comforters and duvets but we have to tell you that heating these things up can give off gas and toxic chemicals.

 

We love to hear what your spring rituals for putting away your cozy winter bedding.  Please share in the comments below.


4 Comments

Cynthia D Hyde
Cynthia D Hyde

May 16, 2014

I wash my down comforter in our own washer, then dry it in the dryer with my LooHoos, plus a piece of polar fleece material, which adds a little static electricity for fluffing the down. My LooHoos work so well that I’ve become quite lazy about hanging laundry out on the line – thank you, LooHoo!!

Kathleen
Kathleen

May 15, 2014

I also leave on my duvet all year… and used to use tennis balls to help fluff it up in the dryer – did not know about the harmful chemicals!!!! I’m going to wash it soon so that I can use my loohoos!!

Victoria
Victoria

May 15, 2014

I also leave my duvet on my bed year around (and wash frequently). I love the look of folded duvets at the end of a bed. The dryer balls definitely help the down get fluffy in the dryer. In Spring I wash all the layering blankets and tuck them away until the heater gets turned back on.

Jacquelyn
Jacquelyn

May 14, 2014

To tell you the truth, our duvet stays on the bed all year round. However, I do wash it about 4 times a year, and having the wool balls in the dryer definitely fluffs it back up. I remember years ago, using tennis balls – can’t imagine the heated chemicals I slept with back then. Maybe that’s why I didn’t finish university….hmmmm

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