November is here, and the cold temperatures are starting to creep in too! The temperatures overnight have been dipping towards freezing, and my lighter summertime bedding is not quite cutting it at this point. One of my household tasks this week will be swapping out my lighter bedding for my heavier winter blankets. But those blankets and pillows have been in storage for the past several months, and I like to clean them up a bit before putting them back on the bed.
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I figure that I’m probably not the only one thinking about getting their bed ready for the colder weather! So I thought it would be a good idea to share a few tips for cleaning and freshening your cold weather bedding items, like down blankets and pillows. You’ll enjoy those long winter’s naps much more if you have a clean comforter to cuddle up under! ;-)
5 Tips For Cleaning And Caring For Down Bedding
Cleaning Down Pillows
You should wash your down pillows in your washing machine every 3 to 6 months. Washing your pillows regularly removes bacteria and skin cells that can cause musty odors.
Cleaning Down Comforters
Launder your down comforters only as needed, up to twice a year at most. The washing process strips the feathers of their natural oils, which can affect the loft of the blanket.
Since down comforters can be really bulky, I recommend taking them to commercial laundromat to wash them. A laundromat is likely to have large machines that can better accommodate bulky blankets than your machine at home.
Drying Down Bedding
Dry your down bedding items on the lowest possible heat setting.
Add a wool dryer ball to the dryer too, which should help the feathers stay more evenly distributed throughout the blanket.
Airing Out Down Bedding
To keep your down blankets and pillows fresher between washings, just hang them out on a clothesline on a sunny day. This can be done as often as you like to keep them smelling fresh.
You don’t have to wash the whole blanket or pillow to deal with a small stain. Just use a bit of Dawn dish soap and some warm water to spot treat the stain. Then dab it with a clean, damp cloth to remove the stain and any soap residue.
If you follow these simple tips, your down pillows and comforters are sure to last through years and years of wintertime use!