Can You Wash Pillows and Duvets?
In order for the bedding to stay beautiful for a long time, it is important to thoroughly clean blankets and pillows from time to time. If the bedding allows it (note the label), going to the washing machine usually helps. When doing this, you should note the following:
Does it all fit in the washing machine?
Cushions fit easily into the drum. Even if the maximum capacity has not yet been reached, it is better to wash each pillow separately. A normal feather bed also fits perfectly in a modern commercial washing machine. But be careful: duvets with a width of 155 cm or more are critical. Because the filling must not be excessively squashed, you should rather bring larger blankets or down comforters to a professional dry cleaner.
How do I wash large blankets?
Wide duvets do not fit in the washing machine. However, there are a few ways to get them clean anyway:
1st option: Send the bedding to the dry cleaner, for example. After a few days you will receive everything back hygienically clean. If that is too expensive for you, you can also go to a traditional laundromat. The large machines have an immense capacity and can withstand up to 12 kilos.
2nd option: your own bathtub. Wash your large blanket in your own bathtub with warm water and some shampoo. Then wring everything out well and let the blanket dry in the fresh air. Shake and loosen up the laundry again and again. If you place a fan in front of the clothesline, you can optimize drying.
How often should i wash the bedding?
Washable blankets and pillows should be cleaned once or twice a year. Products made from silk or animal hair usually need far less care, because the natural fibers have a so-called self-cleaning effect. If the outer shell is dirty, we recommend cleaning these products.
Do I have to pre-treat stains?
Do you want to wash your duvet because it is very dirty? It is best to pre-treat the individual stains with curd soap or gall soap.
At what temperature do I wash bedding?
High temperatures ensure cleanliness – but not every material can withstand the heat. Check the laundry label to see how many degrees are okay in the washing machine.
Which detergent should I use?
Basically, a mild detergent such as mild detergent or wool detergent should be used. Optical brighteners (as found in heavy-duty detergents) or even chlorine bleach are taboo. Please follow the instructions on the care label. If your duvet is made of down or feathers, a gentle down detergent is useful.
Powder or liquid detergent?
Take a liquid detergent or the novel pods. With powder it can happen that the granules clump together with the fibers, feathers or down.
Is fabric softener okay?
No. Whether you want to wash a synthetic duvet, down comforter or a down pillow – fabric softener damages the filling and causes the inside to clump together.
Which washing program is the right one?
Modern washing machines often have a special program for bedding or pillows. If you cannot find your own washing program on the machine, choose a gentle wash cycle. The program for delicates or wool, for example, is nice and mild.
Should i rinse?
An additional rinse ensures that even very small residues of dirt and detergent are rinsed out. In this respect, the extra rinse makes sense.
What about the spin cycle?
A light spin is usually fine. In order not to damage the fibers or feathers, however, a spin cycle with a low speed should be selected.
How to properly care for your bedding
It is not entirely possible to prevent the bedding from getting dirtier and dirtier from night to night. But there are a few simple steps you can take to keep your laundry feeling fresh. Just take note of our tips below:
- Airing out regularly: As soon as you get up, you should open your duvet and remove the pillows from the mattress. Then the filling can dry again. If you sweat heavily, you should hang the sheets over a clothes horse to air.
- Shake everything vigorously: To promote the loft, the blanket should be shaken briefly every day. The stored moisture disappears faster.
- Changing bed linen: We recommend cleaning the covers in the washing machine about every two weeks. You can wash decorative pillows and blankets only once a month.
- Brush off stains: Superficial dirt should always be brushed off immediately.
- Don’t cut off labels: Even years later, the laundry slip will still provide valuable information on how to care for the textiles.