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How to Wash Your Duvet and Pillows

If you ensure proper washing and care of your duvets and pillows not only will they be better to sleep on, but you will also maintain their quality and prolong their life. It also creates a healthy environment in the bedroom and helps with allergies. Here’s our guide to how to wash your duvet and pillows:

How often should I wash my duvet?

The National Board of Health recommends that you wash your duvet and pillow 4 times a year.


What’s the best temperature?

It is important that you wash your duvet and pillow at 60 degrees. At 60 degrees, living organisms die like dust mites and moulds that naturally take place in your bed.


What washing detergent should I use?

You should choose an enzyme-free detergent. The reason being is that your duvet and pillow can lose its load capacity if you use an ordinary detergent. This can break down the natural oils found in the down and feather, which will reduce its ability to hold in warmth. As a general rule you’ll need approx. 50 ml. of detergent for one pillow.


How do I dry my duvets and pillows?

It is important to squeeze as much water out of the quilt as possible using a low spin setting. This will then make the drying  easier as there is less chance that the down will form into clumps. Always use a tumble dryer to ensure the duvet and pillows dry thoroughly. This will avoid the development of fungus and mould. Just airing your duvet will never fully dry it so always use the tumbledrier. Throw a pair of laundary balls (or tennis balls) into the tumble dryer so that the duvet is properly aired and to avoid clumps. You’ll probably also need to shake the duvet during the drying process several times.


You should ensure your duvet is thoroughly dry before using. A good tip is to weigh your duvet before and after washing to see if it is heavier, which means it may need further drying.


Finally, remember to wash your bedding every 14 days too – also at 60 degrees.