duvet cleaning

There is nothing worse than looking at your down-filled duvet comforter and noticing a stain. From the moment you see it, the only think you can think about is getting that darn stain out. Whether the stain was made by food, beverages or some other pesky substance, the mere presence of such a blemish is nothing short of irritating.

However, the good news regarding your down-filled duvet is that many of them can be washed in a washing machine using cold water and regular laundry detergent. Once you notice the duvet has been soiled, remove it from the bed, place it in the washer alone and add the appropriate amount of detergent as per the directions on the soap bottle. Wash on a gentle to medium cold water cycle.
If the down-filled duvet is soiled with a stain which is notoriously tough such as blood or red wine, you may wish to use a pre-treatment product made specifically for that substance.

Generally, the pre-treatment is applied directly to the stain and allowed to set for a few minutes. The duvet is then washed in the washing machine using regular detergent. Some pre-treatment products recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush to work the pre-treatment into the stain.

The important thing with your down-filled duvet comforter is that you do not place it in the dryer. Hang it over a clothes line or over the backs of several chairs to dry. This is because while the stain may seem as if it has disappeared when the comforter is still wet, once dry, the stain may still appear. If the stain is still present, you’ll want to re-launder the duvet. If you have placed it into the dryer, the stain will have already set, meaning it can no longer be removed.

One exception to cleaning stains on your down-filled duvet comforter is if the piece is old or fragile. In this case, wash the stain under cold water while gently working in a mild detergent with a soft-bristled toothbrush inside a large sink or tub. This spares the rest of the fabric from the vigorous washing machine process.

The moral of the story is, even if an unwanted stain suddenly surprises you on your down-filled duvet, a quick washing and a little elbow grease should remove the stain leaving your comforter stain-free and fresh.



home cleaning down duvets

When cleaning a duvet or down comforters it is important to be as careful as possible. You should always check the tag or the manufacturers recommendations before cleaning to ensure the duvet does not shrink or become damaged. When possible, you should have the duvet professionally cleaned; however, if you must do it yourself, here are some tips to ensure a safe cleaning.

You should evaluate the cleanliness of the duvet. You will want to spot clean when possible. If your duvet only has a couple of small stains, it may be safer and more effective to simply clean the stained areas with a stain remover such as Resolve or Oxi Magic. If dirt is more apparent and a full machine wash is required. When machine washing, you should still follow some basic precautions.

When machine washing, you will want to use a gentle detergent such as Tide Free, which do not have dyes or perfumes. They are not only good for duvets, but for sensitive skin and allergies. You will also want to wash the duvet by itself. Washing with other fabrics can cause the dyes to leak on to your duvet; in addition, you will want as much room in your washer as possible.

Lastly, you should air dry your duvet. If you must use a dryer, make sure to set the dry heat to low or delicates. Using a dryer on high heat can cause the duvet fillings to clump and can also cause shrinkage.

children kid duvet

A duvet is a large quilt-like comforter. The filling, usually a type of down or synthetic substitute, is inserted into a removable and washable cover. Duvets are far more popular in Europe than North America, but they are becoming more common in today’s busy and hectic world. Some people may mistake a duvet for a comforter. However, duvets are much more practical and durable than comforters due to the removable, washable cover.

Traditionally, a duvet is used as a single bed cover, replacing multiple layers of sheets and blankets. This is why they have become much more popular. Rather than having layers of sheets and blankets to flatten and tuck, there is only one duvet that must be straightened. By using a duvet, you can make a bed in a matter of seconds versus minutes.

Washing the bedding also becomes much simpler, due to having only one piece of laundry. All of the duvet covers for the entire family can be done in one load of laundry versus multiple loads when the beds are made with sheets and blankets.

One question many parents have is if duvets are okay to use for their children. The simple answer is “yes.” Again, the convenience factor cannot be ignored. Having the child learn to make his or her own bed as a matter of habit becomes much easier with a duvet. There is one caveat. If you have small children, it is better to purchase lighter weight duvets for them. This will be more comfortable for the child in terms of weight and heat.


The Dalai Lama once said that sleep is the best meditation. Sleeping is also the best way for one to relax and replenish one’s energy after a long day’s work. To achieve that much-needed shut-eye, it helps a lot if you are lying on a clean and comfortable bed. It is much better if you have hypoallergenic mattresses to snooze on.

The common mattress is either made of polyurethane foam or has a spring inner core. It is prone to molds, dust, dirt, dust mites and other particles and micro-organisms that trigger allergies. Furthermore, the human body frequently sheds dead skin and produces natural body oils that tend to stick to the mattress and bedding. Hypoallergenic mattresses, on the other hand, are made of organic materials like natural latex, organic wool and organic cotton and linen. It is sealed so tightly that it is impossible for yucky contaminants to adhere to the surface and settle in the creases and pores. This makes hypoallergenic mattresses very popular among people with allergies (seasonal or otherwise.) There are even some healthcare facilities are now using organic mattresses on their hospital beds.

Benefits of a Hypoallergenic Mattress

Hypoallergenic mattresses, aside from thwarting allergic reactions, contributes to the general well-being of its owner. No allergy attacks while on bed means having a well-rested mind and body. Everybody knows that a good night’s sleep rejuvenates and prepares us for another day of hustle and bustle.

Other health benefits of a hypoallergenic mattress include elimination of insomnia, clearer breathing, prevention of skin rashes, and relief of joint pains.

One important quality of a mattress is its feel. Comfort is vital for you to sleep soundly. The material composition of this kind of mattress makes it more comfortable than the regular one, especially the spring-coiled bed.

The use of wool makes organic mattresses resistant to flame. Wool has anti-flame properties as proven by open-flame tests done on mattresses. Organic wool has high moisture content and protein components that are the main reason for its flame-retardant feature. It takes more than 1000 degrees Fahrenheit before it ignites making it the most fire-resistant fiber known. If ever it reaches that hot and ignites, these bedding are also self-extinguishable.

Organic mattresses are environmentally-friendly because its materials are natural or organic. This makes it safer, especially for sick patients and babies.

Do what the Dalai Lama does and meditate on buying a hypoallergenic mattress and get yourself a good night’s sleep. And while you are at it, purchase organic pillows and bedding to make your dream of an allergy-free slumber come true.

Stokke Sleepi Organic Crib Mattress

Stokke is a Norwegian company founded in Ålesund. Their mandate is to “creating unique, functional and long‐lasting products, attractively designed with a wide variety of accessories to provide, support, and promote well-being for both parent and child.” And this is their most breathable organic mattress.

The STOKKE organic mattress is filled with coir – which is a material made from coconut husks coated in natural latex (and if you’re as curious as I was when I heard about it – its pronounced CORE – and it comes from the Malayalam word ‘kayar’. the more you know!) from the only certified organic coir plantation in the world. There are records of coir being used as far back as the 11th century!

The coir is then wrapped in lamps wool that has been washed in lavender, lemon and eucalyptus – a process which makes it resistant to dust-mites. It completely maintains the thermal insulating properties of natural wool.