How often should you wash your duvet?

We all know we’re supposed to change our bed linen on a weekly basis (whether we do that or not is another matter all together), but what about your duvet and pillows?

The Fine Bedding Company have revealed that you should be chucking your duvet in the washing machine every few months – or twice a year if you can – while your pillows should be washed every other month.

A quarter of Brits admit to never having washed their duvet, while a third are sleeping in bedding that hasn’t been replaced in over a decade – when your duvet and pillows should be changed every five years.

So why do you need to make sure your duvet is clean?

Despite protection from your bed sheets, your duvet and pillows still accumulate a lot of stuff over time. Dust mites are there in their thousands, which thrive off dead skin, and you also sweat a lot during the night.

Washing your bedding at 60ºC will kill of bed bugs and clean off any other dirt, leaving your duvet and pillows refreshed.

The main concern people have is how to wash their duvet. Some synthetic duvets can be washed in a standard washing machine – double check if yours will fit first. Larger duvets, for instance 13.5 tog or kingsize, will need a larger capacity machine – although this is standard in many at-home machines.

“It’s wise to use about one third of your usual amount of detergent; use a normal spin cycle and after the cycle, shake out the duvet while it’s damp to redistribute the filling evenly,” says Sara Wadsworth of the Fine Bedding Company. “Check the care label, but drying a duvet as quickly as possible is advisable – in a tumble dryer for 45 minutes – or outside on a hot sunny day! Air the duvet before placing back on a bed.”

Natural or feather-filled duvets and pillows require a bit more care – getting them dry cleaned is probably the best idea to ensure you don’t damage the filling.

“”It is absolutely ESSENTIAL that natural duvets be thoroughly dried,” says Sara. “Even though a duvet may feel dry to the touch, the filling inside often holds on to moisture so if the duvet is not dried properly, rotting of the filling can occur.”

Next time you’re stripping your bed, think about freshening up your bedding at the same time. With 20,000 dust mites gathering in a duvet in the space of a year, it could be worth your time…

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