Do you ever wash your duvets in your own washing machine?

(49 Posts)
fluffyanimal Fri 02-Aug-13 09:12:46

Just asking because DS wet the bed last night and there were wet patches on his duvet cover. By the morning I couldn't find any wet on the duvet but don't want to assume it wasn't soiled. Normally I take duvets to our dry cleaner but they take over a week to come back and this duvet is our only summer weight one.

I'm hoping that since it is a single duvet and only 4.5 tog so not very thick, I could get away with washing it myself. It does just fit in the drum of the machine but it's obviously quite full. Is it worth the risk?

jennycoast Fri 02-Aug-13 09:14:01

I always do. I think we have a big drum, but can even do a king size in it. Ours are all machine washable though.

I have a 7kg machine. During the last sunny week I washed a similar size duvet in the machine ... with a cotbed duvet as well. The previous load was a 10tog superking.

It expands to fit the space. If you try to squish it down, I expect you could fit something else in if you wanted to (don't, though).

If you're worried, use a lower spin. But I'm absolutely sure it will be fine.

gamerchick Fri 02-Aug-13 09:17:45

Single quilts should be no bother for any washing machine. I did mine regular when going through that phase.

At one point when DS2 was small I was washing his duvet in the tumble dryer 4 days out of 7.

At the time I think it was the 10.5 tog half.

I would tumble dry it if you can - it sort of fluffs it up. I was worried it would clump if I line dried it.

MousyMouse Fri 02-Aug-13 09:21:25

the dc's have washable duvets from ikea
they wash well and dry quickly. and are comfy to sleep in in case your bed is taken over by dc at night

RobotHamster Fri 02-Aug-13 09:28:16

I'd just hang it on the line and sponge any yellow bits tbh.. whenever ive washed a duvet they've not come out of it very well

Doshusallie Fri 02-Aug-13 09:31:29

Yes all the time and they have always been absolutely fine

hermioneweasley Fri 02-Aug-13 09:33:22

Yes, they are fine. If tumble drying then throw a tennis ball in as well to stop them going lumpy (same for pillows)

fluffyanimal Fri 02-Aug-13 09:37:42

Thank you all. I will risk it, and for the future look into getting spare duvets from Ikea.

handcream Fri 02-Aug-13 09:38:49

I agree, single summer duvet will be fine. Agree as well as you really need to put in tumble dryer and make sure its completely dry. I wish I had a bigger machine. Its a Miele over 10 years old but only 5kg.

Dry cleaners have just charged £22 for a super king duvet!

Sconset Fri 02-Aug-13 09:55:31

What do you think is the largest that could go ina 7kg machine?Mines a double, feathers, prob a high tog(l'm always cold!)
Do you need special detergent for feather duvets?

5madthings Fri 02-Aug-13 10:00:28

yes i do but our machine has a large size drum and it has a duvet cycle! is horrified that i wash my duvets in the machine and thinks it will break the machine,despite me pointing out that the machine has a duvet cycle!!!

My feather king has a laundry label which says to use a large capacity machine on a 40 delicates load (ie low spin). I am inspired to wash it today and will use a half-dose of non-bio with a normal dose of fabric softener.

And as I said upthread, I've washed my winter superking in my 7kg machine. It was a struggle to get in, but not out.

stealthsquiggle Fri 02-Aug-13 10:03:29

Single feather duvets regularly go through the wash (and the drier) in this house. Superking feather one goes to a launderette.

MousyMouse Fri 02-Aug-13 10:12:00

you don't need a special detergent for feather duvets. any non bio would do. or a wool detergent. I usually use shampoo (about a tablespoon full).
never ever bio detergent for feathers, as the enzymes will break them down.

LegoRelatedInjury Fri 02-Aug-13 10:12:51

I do my 13.5 tog double duvet in my 6kg machine on a 50 degree normal cycle and it washes and spins just perfectly.

RobotHamster Fri 02-Aug-13 10:15:16

Oooohhhh I wonder if using bio detergent was my mistake.

Well I know better now smile

Hassled Fri 02-Aug-13 10:16:00

I didn't know that about not using bio for feathers - will stop doing that.
I wash all our duvets regularly - DH is allergic to both cats and dust mites, and we have both.

mermaidbutmytailfelloff Fri 02-Aug-13 10:20:56

I took my super king to the laundrette. Very happy peaceful hour with iPad, sweets and mums net! Duvet like new and really puffy (feather filled).

Just wanted to share really!

Sconset Fri 02-Aug-13 10:24:08

Thank you, all who answered! I'm going to go for it!

sparkle12mar08 Fri 02-Aug-13 10:34:08

My 7kg machine will comfortably take a king size 4.5tog duvet, a 9tog double or two single 4.5togs or below. Most hollowfibre duvets will wash perfectly well in a domestic machine. I don't have a tumble drier but line dry them with no problems. I do our at least twice a year and the dc's as and when needed, usually every 8 weeks or so. When you take them to a dry cleaners they're not 'dry' cleaned ie in solvent, but sent away to be washed as normal in great big machines. Its much, much cheaper to use a laundrette.

TrulyMadlySleeply Fri 02-Aug-13 10:57:03

I wash my 4 DC's single duvets every other week (individually of course!). My washing machine is 8kg. My best tip is that I don't bother to take the duvet cover off. Just tie elastic bands around the 4 corners to keep the duvet in place, bung it in the washing machine, pillow case and sheet included on a 60 degree wash. Add a colour catcher sheet in case of colour runs. When finished take the elastic bands off, shake thoroughly and dry either on your banisters, on an airer, washing line or tumble dryer (if in the tumble dryer you need to keep the elastic bands on, but remove and shake immediately when its dry to reduce creasing at the corners where the elastic bands have been). I do mine on the airer or bannisters. They come out of the washing machine at about 9.30am and are back on the beds by about 3pm. I hate changing duvet covers and using this method haven't had to do so with the kids bedding for years smile

ShoeWhore Fri 02-Aug-13 10:59:45

I do this regularly with single duvets, it's fine.

BeedlesPineNeedles Fri 02-Aug-13 11:03:51

truly how hot is your house that a duvet dries in 6 hours without going in a tumble drier? shock

MousyMouse Fri 02-Aug-13 11:14:36

beedles hollow fibre duvets dry really quickly.

Yes, manmade dries stupidly faster than feathers. My hollow fibre dried in under an hour on the line.

TrulyMadlySleeply Fri 02-Aug-13 11:25:47

Beedles should have mentioned they're all hollow fibre. We keep the thermostat really quite low in winter while the kids are at school to try and save money on the heating bills. I usually wear my dressing gown over my clothes to keep warm (removing it to answer the front door I might add grin)

Xiaoxiong Fri 02-Aug-13 11:35:15

So it's ok to stuff a double duvet really tightly into a 7kg drum so there's no movement, IYSWIM? It will still get clean? That's what's been putting me off.

LegoRelatedInjury Fri 02-Aug-13 11:40:21

My drum is always rammed full and it still works fine. Always comes up lovely and clean. If you can get it out to dry in the sun too in the fresh air it makes it smell amazing too!

Yep - so long as you can still squash your two hands in.

As a result of this thread I have one on the line and one in the machine grin

BeedlesPineNeedles Fri 02-Aug-13 11:47:33

I'm now worried that I am in fact turning into my mother, worring about things being "aired" properly (this is after she has line dried things and ironed them, they then need to go into the airing cupboard!) grin

fluffyanimal Fri 02-Aug-13 12:01:59

Well it went in and came out fine and is now flapping on the washing line, as it's warm and blowy here in Yorkshire, and our tumble dryer is only diddy. If it's still damp by the end of the afternoon I'll give it a slight whizz in the dryer.

I agree re: cost of dry cleaners vs launderettes (my DH always says we could buy a new duvet for the cost of sending them away via the dry cleaners, but I think that throw-away mentality is a bit unethical) but I think launderettes must be disappearing businesses, there are hardly any near me now.

ouryve Fri 02-Aug-13 12:03:03

I've washed lightweight kids' duvets in the machine with no problems.

changeling1234 Fri 02-Aug-13 12:13:00

fluffy I think you can get duvet protectors, which go over the duvet to make it waterproof, then put the duvet cover over that. Saves having to constantly wash the duvet. Same goes for pillows.

GrimmaTheNome Fri 02-Aug-13 12:22:40

>So it's ok to stuff a double duvet really tightly into a 7kg drum so there's no movement, IYSWIM? It will still get clean? That's what's been putting me off.

I occasionally put our kingsize bedcover into the machine, which is a really tight squeeze - its comes out cleaner at any rate. I always use the 'aqua plus' setting and give it an extra rinse.

Single duvets, no issue at all.

Jan49 Fri 02-Aug-13 13:00:44

I would always take duvets to the launderette and wash them there myself. You can probably have them dry to use that night or the next, though I just wash the one that's out of season. I'd rather take them to a launderette than squash them into a machine if it isn't big enough. I think my local launderette charges £6 for a very big machine.

I live in a large Southern town and there are 3 launderettes in the centre, 2 of which offer service washes too. So they're not all gone.

Mutley77 Fri 02-Aug-13 13:19:22

Yep - my DD was a bed wetter, and now DS is - both very reluctant to wear pull ups at night before they could realistically stay dry. I have regularly washed their duvets of various togs in my washing machine - I keep the cover on too so that I can hang it out (or tumble it) all together and have it back on the bed the same night.

PigletJohn Fri 02-Aug-13 14:09:52

I have known a thick winter double be too big and jam against the door of a domestic machine and prevent it turning, so those go to the laundrette (no need for dry cleaning) and wash fine in their big machines.

A summer duvet, or a single, will probably fit in your machine OK. Waashing liquids are I think better than powders for this as the machine may be crammed too full for pwder to slosh around and dissolve.

Be careful with a domestic tumble drier; if it is crammed very tight it might not rotate or could block airflow and could scorch or worse (I have seen this)

fluffyanimal Fri 02-Aug-13 14:33:55

Changeling I did consider duvet protectors but then I heard from another MNetter that they are stiff and noisy. Besides, DS gets very hot and sweaty in bed and he already has a waterproof mattress cover which doesn't help, if he had waterproof covering on duvets and pillows he'd find it too plasticy and sweaty I think, as well as too rustly, and he's a crap enough sleeper as it is.

valiumredhead Fri 02-Aug-13 14:42:38

Yes I always do, we have ikea washable ones.

starfishmummy Fri 02-Aug-13 14:43:34

I do ds's hollowfibre one all the time and tumble dry it BUT I recently got him a warmer winter one and it the outer shell is some sort of weird fabric which is not tumble dryer -able. Was cheap from sainsburys - will look for an ikea one next time.

PigletJohn Fri 02-Aug-13 21:27:33

might be polyproplene. I've been caught that way with mattress covers, they melt in the drier and look like someones tried to hot-iron them.

A half-heat drier setting may work if you have one.

MousyMouse Fri 02-Aug-13 22:05:32

I had one of those duvets once...
the cover tore when washing it in the laundrette.
white fluff everywhere, I was rather blush

fishypie Wed 17-Dec-14 20:59:06

I was a bit wary about using the washing machine for a duvet until I looked up some info. I have a Bosch rated for 8kg washes (bought 2014).
No problem at all with a king size summer duvet at 60 degrees C. Got it spotless.

Id be careful with an older model if you really have to jam the duvet in and the drum doesn't rotate! That's what finished off the old Ariston unit it replaced (not a duvet but overloaded with bed sheets)

pressone Fri 19-Dec-14 10:07:08

If this duvet still hasn't been washed since August 2013 I'd chuck it out.

MrsCakesPrecognition Fri 19-Dec-14 10:10:31

This is why I have Spundown duvets - they all go in my washing machine, even the Superking.

All the time. I have dcs with nocturnal enuresis

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