How to wash duvets and pillows | The Sun
29th August 2022

IT is important to wash your bed sheets regularly to prevent bed bugs and keep yourself healthy and clean.

It's recommended that you change your bed sheets once a week, and while doing that you should wash your pillows and duvets.

How to wash pillows

Most cotton, down and synthetic pillow can be washed in the washing machine.

It is best to check the instructions first, just in case they say otherwise.

You'll quickly wash your pillows but it will take them a long time to dry up, so try to do it on a day which isn't raining and maybe it's a bit windy or warm.

Also, make sure that your washing machine is large enough to handle the pillows you want to wash or else you might damage your appliance.

When it comes to foam pillows, most of them will indicate that you cannot wash them in the washing machine, but they can be hand washed.

Now that we have got some important stuff out of the way, we can start washing the rest of your pillows.


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To wash your pillows:

  1. Check the instructions to ensure how high the temperature at which you wash them should be.
  2. Place the pillow inside a pillowcase to prevent it from damaging and put in the right amount of detergent as indicated in the instructions.
  3. If possible, put in two pillows to balance the load.
  4. Dry your pillows properly once done to ensure that no mould grows on them.
  5. Check the label whether it is safe to tumble dry or not.

And now you have clean and fluffy pillows to sleep on.

How to wash duvets

Some washing machines are not big enough to fit duvets.

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Most duvets with synthetic fillings can be washed in a washing machine if the appliance is big enough.

If so, make sure that you wash these duvets using a gentle cycle that causes minimum agitation.

Use a normal spin setting and throw in detergent as indicated on the instructions label.

Make sure that it is completely dry before you use it again or else you'll risk mould growing on it.

On the other hand, some feather or down duvets might require dry cleaning.

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If the label indicates that you can wash it using a washing machine, use a gentle cycle and non-bio detergent.

Other than that, the same procedure follows.

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