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I need some info please. I have a down comforter that needs to be cleaned but I guess that I have to have it dry cleaned. Is that safe for us? I saw that there is an "organic" dry cleaner in our area so I could check that out too. (I never really thought about dry cleaning before because we have no nice clothes )

How do you all clean yours?

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We take it to the nearest laundry mat that has a 5 load maching and toss it in!

When you dry it, see if they have some tennis balls you can borrow to throw in with it. They help it to keep from bunching up and drying unevenly.

We used to dry clean ours as well, until a friend told us that was a bunch of baloney and to just throw it in the washing machine.

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Dumb question...but how many tennis balls would you need to throw in with the comforter?

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What size is it? My ds still wets the bed sometimes, so every once in a while I need to wash his down comforter. It's a twin size so it fits in my washer. I wash it normally, then stick it in the dryer (one of the few things I use the dryer for) with one tennis ball and that's it.... done!
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I would to concurr with Julia, I have never dry-cleaned any of our duvets. The only problem I've ever had with washing was--theft! Stay at the laundromat until those suckers are done.

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I thought you could wash them in a washer, but you have to air dry? That was my concern for the cold weather. Do the balls not damage the duvet?

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we wash ours at home and just let it air dry. It takes a while but we do this maybe once a month. Where as I wash our bed sheets every week.
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I wash mine in the washer and dry it in the dryer. A large laundymat one would be great, but mine fits in the one at home. It does take a long time to get fully dry. I pull it out a couple times during the process and reposition it and fluff it up a bit. Sunning it after would be a great idea, but we haven't had any sun here in forever :

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I wash and dry mine at home.
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I was freaking out because two of my down comforters became mildewed in storage and I don't have the $$$ to dry clean them. I called my mom and she said that my aunt has a friend who used to own a dry cleaning business for thirty years. The business was right in front of the laundromat and this woman said all she would do was go out the back door of the dry cleaners and in the front of the laundromat with the blankets. She washed and dried them the way the PP have stated and charged between $35 and $40 each! I washed mine at home (one King, one Full) and they turned out great. I was pretty harsh with mine though as far as detergent goes.
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We had ours dry cleaned once. It smelled of dry cleaning chemicals for at least a week after! Next time we'll wash it at home.

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Thanks for all the help!

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The business was right in front of the laundromat and this woman said all she would do was go out the back door of the dry cleaners and in the front of the laundromat with the blankets. She washed and dried them the way the PP have stated and charged between $35 and $40 each!
Thanks for sharing this izzysmom!I am glad I can save $ and avoid chemicals too.

I have a king size so I will need to go to the laundry. Some people where saying duvet.....I do wash the cover at home, but I am talking about cleaning the down comforter itself, just to clarify.

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I wash our at home with great results.
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Don't fill your bed with chemicals!

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i worked in a laundromat for five years and i get this question a lot. well, the answer is NEVER send it to the dry cleaner. toss it in the wash machine (an oversized washer if possible) put your soap in but NEVER EVER put in liquid softner, it will ruin the feathers. then you toss it in the dryer (oversized also) with some tennis balls (3 work best) or whatever you have ex. clean tennis shoes and put in some dry towels to help soak up water. if you still have nice weather where you are, hanging it out on the line for a day or two really fluffs everything up even more and helps whiten.

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I've always washed mine at home in the washer. I usually hang them over the banister rail to dry, because it seems to do better than the dryer, and the feathers seem to recover better that way too. I agree about not using fabric softener. I have a wimpy down throw now because of it, but it was a lesson learned. The rest are still alive and well, and washed at home. Phoey on dry cleaning down!
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I am hoping my queen size will fit in my big front loader... I have TJ's powdered detergent (don't use softener), is that OK for washing the down or should i go w/ woolite or something else?
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