Bedding 101: How We Wash our Bedding

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I absolutely love our bed. It’s incredibly comfortable and I adore our soft sheets and warm, textured duvet. I try my best to remember to wash our bedding frequently, but I’m human and I sometimes let a little too much time go by in between washings.


Our Cleaning Routine

When it comes to our bedding I have different routines for all of the various bedding components. I try to wash the sheets and pillowcases every week (usually on Sundays). I then wash the duvet cover about once a month. And finally, I only wash the down comforter insert about once per year. I’m sure there are hard rules on when to wash these items, but this is what works for our household and I’m sticking to it.

casey-laundry-washerWashing the big queen-sized down comforter in our old washer and dryer wasn’t a great experience. It would get tangled up around the drum and it wouldn’t rinse completely. Which meant I was left with a big sopping wet comforter that would take hours of drying. Literally hours!

laundry-bedroomI recently washed our down comforter in our new Maytag appliances for the first time, and I’m happy to report that it went off without a hitch. No need to go to the laundromat or dry cleaners…these babies can actually hold the large comforter!

I typically wash the duvet cover and the insert separately. However I use warm (not hot) water for both, as well as mild detergent. There’s actually a “bedding” setting right on the washing machine, so I always just choose that and it works perfectly. You’ll also want to check the tags on your bedding before washing at home, as some require dry cleaning.

dryer-maytag-applianceWhen it comes to drying the down comforter, make sure it’s incredibly dry before you put it back on the bed. Sometimes the feathers in there can clump up together and stay wet, so extra dry time is a must. maytag-dryerIn this large capacity dryer there is plenty of room to get our bedding evenly dried! I didn’t have to play the game of drying it, moving everything around to expose the wet spots, and putting it back in for more time. duvet-cover-how-to-washNow onto the tricky part…putting the duvet cover back on the down comforter. I know there are many methods out there (I’ve heard of a burrito technique…), but this is my go-to way that is incredibly simple.

The Easy Way to Put on a Duvet Cover

Step 1: Flip the duvet cover inside out on the bedbedroom-duvet-cover

Step 2: Place the down comforter directly over the duvet coverbedroom-down-comforter

Step 3: Tie the comforter to the duvet cover in all 4 corners (many covers these days come with ties, which makes it much easier!tying-corners-of-duvet-cover

Step 4: Go to the opening on the duvet cover. Reach inside until you get to the farthest 2 corners. Pull those 2 corners through the opening. Essentially you’re turning it from inside out to the right side.putting-on-duvet-cover

Step 5: Button or zipper your duvet coverbuttons-duvet-coverStep 6: Shake your cover well so there are no lumps and it is evenly distributed!

master-bedroomThis method creates a great non-lumpy look every.single.time. nightstand-bedroom-bedNow I’d love to hear, how often do you wash your bedding? Does my weekly, monthly, yearly routine sound sanitary enough? On second thought….maybe don’t answer that! Ha!casey_sig

  • Trang

    Do you know that it was only recently that I discovered that my duvet cover had those corner ties? Gosh, how much easier has it made my life to not have the down comforter shift inside it! What a saver that has been. AND only recently did I know to put the button end a the bottom of the bed. Rookie here.
    I have recently been washing my duvet and the down comforter along with EVERYTHING on the bed (mattress pad, sheets) A LOT. This is because I have a kitten that is having some urinary or stress issues and she has decided that my bed (my side in particular) is her favorite place to relief herself. It’s nasty. We’ve since put her on special foods, changed out everything that was recommended by the vet, and kept her out of our room when we are not in there. She’s gotten better, but just last week, my husband accidentally locked her in our bedroom all day while we were at work. You can guess what happened. UGH! Luckily, my washer is also big capacity and works like a champ for my bedding stuff.

    • Oh no, Trang! That’s a tough one. But so happy you found that your duvet has the ties…it makes it so much easier!

      Good luck with the kitten 🙂

  • Kelly

    Love your duvet cover! Where did you purchase it?

    • Thanks so much! We love it. It’s from West Elm!
      Here’s the link to it…

    • Kelly

      Thanks for sending the link…I’m so bummed they are out of the king size 🙁

    • Aw, that’s the worst when that happens!! Well hopefully that size is back in stock soon!