How to Wash Bed Comforters

Published April 28, 2010 | Updated June 12, 2015

In addition to being crucial to a good night's rest, clean comforter sets are also vital to healthy living. Make sure your bedding is cozy and clean by learning how to wash bed comforters. It may seem like a big job, but you'll find that it's actually a simple, painless process.

Washing Comforters:

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Things You'll Need
Large capacity washing machine
Laundry sink
Mild laundry detergent
Clothes dryer or drying rack
Clean tennis balls
  1. Read the Instructions

    Make sure to read the instructions on the tag of your comforter to figure out what materials it's made of. If specific hand wash or temperature instructions are listed, don't deviate from them. If it says "Dry Clean Only," don't try to wash it at home, as this may ruin your comforter.

  2. Take Large Comforters to the Laundromat

    If you have a king-size comforter and the instructions allow for a machine wash, you may need to take it to the laundromat. There, you'll be able to use a large-capacity washing machine to ensure an effective wash. If you think your machine at home is large enough, check in your owner's manual to be certain.

  3. Purchase a Gentle Detergent

    Purchase a gentle detergent that is safe for your type of comforter. You should always avoid using detergents that contain bleach, as they can damage the comforter's outer fabric and filling.

  4. Dry It Thoroughly

    If your down comforter can be dried in a clothes dryer, choose a large capacity dryer and use the lower heat settings. You may need to run it through two dryikng cycles, but it's better to dry it slowly on a low temperature than to burn it. You can add a few clean tennis balls to the dryer to help fluff up your comforter.

  5. Hand Wash It

    If your comforter calls for a hand wash, use either a large laundry room sink or a clean bathtub. When you hang the comforter to dry, make sure that you carefully drape the comforter out, so all sides dry equally. Drying on a rope line may reduce the chances that the comforter fabric will rebound.

  6. Get the Wrinkles Out

    Once your bed comforter is dry, use an iron set to steam to smooth out any wrinkles. Make sure to check that your comforter is not sensitive to heat.

  7. Use a Top Sheet or Duvet Cover

    In order to avoid having to wash your comforter often, always use a flat top sheet between your comforter and you while you sleep. This method will help to keep your comforter clean, increasing the time in between washes. You can also protect your comforter with a duvet cover.