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How to Clean Your Duvet

Cleaning a duvet can actually be complicated. Duvet is a French word that actually means a "bag filled with feathers". Who would have thought? The manufacturers would rather you have it cleaned by professionals and dry cleaning can be expensive. While I'm personally allergic to down feathers, many people are not. So here are a few tips for how you can launder your duvet yourself and eliminate both expense and hassle.

     
  • Shake out your duvet from time to time and hang it outside in the sun for a while to air out.
  • To keep the outer fabric of the duvet clean, use a duvet cover.
  • When dust mites or body odor permeate your duvet, that's the time to clean it. It can take awhile, so have a good book handy or rent a DVD.
  • Try to use a front-loading washing machine that will handle large loads.
  • Check a local laundromat if you don't have one.
  • For laundry soap, you need a low-sudsing, low-alkaline, neutral pH formula soap that won't dry out the feathers or remove their natural oil.
  • Lacking that, try a tiny drop of dish soap.
  • Use cool to tepid water.
  • To remove all traces of soap, rince the duvet at least 3 times. This is crucial. If you don't rinse it enough, it can become clumpy and hard. You want the down to remain soft and fluffy.
  • Do not dry the duvet on a heated cycle. This can cause the down to gather into hard balls.
  • Use a cool cycle and toss in two tennis balls to help plump the down.
  • Every once and a while, remove the duvet from the dryer and hang it up. Shake it to redistribute the down and put it back in a cool dryer.
  • Stay with it until you are sure the duvet is thoroughly dry, plump and clump-free.
  • Patience is the name of the game as it can take several hours from start to finish.

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