Those delicate clusters you cuddle up in every night don’t require constant washing. In fact, it’s not good for them. Our advice? Use a duvet cover with your comforter and wash that weekly instead.

Then, about once a year, if you simply can’t make it to the dry cleaner, toss your down in a large-capacity washer. (If you don’t have one at home, head to your nearest laundromat.) For the rest? Follow these simple steps.



  1. Place your down comforter in a large-capacity machine.
  2. Set the cycle to delicate.
  3. Add a small cupful of mild detergent – about half the recommended amount.
  4. Rinse the load twice to ensure all the soap is out.



  1. Place your just-washed comforter in a large-capacity dryer.
  2. Toss a couple of tennis balls (clean, right-out-of-the-package ones) into the dryer. This will help separate the feathers.
  3. Dry on low with cold-to-warm heat. Every so often, remove the comforter and shake it out. Even if it takes two or three hours, be patient. It is important to dry the feathers and clusters thoroughly to prevent mold.


Now that you’re fluent in the practice of down care, visit our Cuddledown Boutique on Monday, February 10, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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February 10, 2014

Spring BeddingBaby, it’s not so cold outside – or at least it won’t be for much longer – and your closet isn’t the only spot that calls for a spring update. Check out these tips for a lighter nightly turndown – and, in turn, a delightfully heavier sleep.

1. Lighten up your daily first impression with softer hues. Replace the darker bedding with lights, and hello, glorious spring awakening.

2. Brush up on your comforter terminology. We’re approaching the time of year when a “Level 1″ comforter makes the most sense – it’s intended for late spring through early fall, or if a room’s temperature is kept between 65°F and 69°F. And also keep an eye out for “Fill Power.” It’s a gauge of down’s warmth, and higher numbers indicate more warmth. Fluffier comforters usually fall somewhere within the 600 – 800 scale.

3. The transition doesn’t stop at the covers. Swap out that fleecy robe for a light and airy one (think woven or pima cotton), and you’ll float right on through those increasingly bright mornings.

Our Cuddledown Boutique opens Monday, February 11, at 11AM ET.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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February 11, 2013