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Notagainmun Tue 28-Oct-14 13:06:45

Twice a year I change duvets, 4.5 tog for Summer and 10.5 for Winter. We have one double and two king size beds in total. At this time of year I wash the lighter ones before storing but I buy inexpensive 10.5s and bin them rather than try to wash and dry them as I believe it would probably cost more.

DH doesn't think they need to be washed or binned for several years (MIL never did). I think that all the sweat, drool and other bodily fluids makes them rank. I also wash the feather pillows one a year (summer) and change mattress covers and pillow protectors four times a year and he doesn't see the need to wash the pillows - ever!

Trills Tue 28-Oct-14 13:09:10

YABU to buy shit duvets and throw them away.

1 - wasteful
2 - you sleep half the year with a rubbish duvet

Summerisle1 Tue 28-Oct-14 13:09:29

I don't routinely bin duvets but for sure, they need washing or cleaning at least twice a year! So YANBU.

FunkyBoldRibena Tue 28-Oct-14 13:10:05

Dont you use sheets, pillow cases or duvet covers? We do and we wash those.

Summerisle1 Tue 28-Oct-14 13:11:27

Doesn't everyone use sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers? Still doesn't mean that the duvet should fester away uncleaned for years on end!

mausmaus Tue 28-Oct-14 13:11:34

yabu
washing and drying costs a tenner?

or go for single duvets then you can wash at home

ThursdayOfTheLivingDead Tue 28-Oct-14 13:16:52

I think you are both BU!

So wasteful to chuck away, but they DO need washy occasionally!
Although saying that I can't think the last time I washed mine

rallytog1 Tue 28-Oct-14 13:17:43

How wasteful. Chucking a 10.5 tog duvet in the wash or taking it to the dry cleaners is surely less faff than finding and buying new duvets every year?

70isaLimitNotaTarget Tue 28-Oct-14 13:18:53

Why not buy two 4.5 tog and sew some large press studs on each corner and midway along each edge.

Maybe a good one for your bed (like you have now) and a cheaper one to tag on in winter.
You'll still get 9 togs this way.

I use a 4.5 tog all year , flannel sheets in winter (mmm) and a Dunelm Mill Teddy Bear mattress topper on my side.

carlsonrichards Tue 28-Oct-14 13:19:06

You chuck them out? That is beyond wasteful! You can use self-service at a laundrette for about £4 to wash a large duvet.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Tue 28-Oct-14 13:21:41

Just vac pack them and use for a second set of six months next year. Take them to a laundrette. How wasteful and what a faff to buy and throw.

Fwiw we have a 4.5tog on year round. In winter we wear warmer pjs and I take a hot water bottle to bed. We sometimes add a throw. Simple.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Tue 28-Oct-14 13:21:53

You throw them out? shock, plain daft!

trikken Tue 28-Oct-14 13:25:18

I'd buy slightly more expensive but better quality and wash them. It really isnt that expensive to do.

naturalbaby Tue 28-Oct-14 13:28:13

YABU. Buy a decent duvet. What a waste!
A lot of people near me hang the duvets out the window to air.

Lonecatwithkitten Tue 28-Oct-14 13:30:52

Buy a decent duvet and have it professionally cleaned. I need 4.5tog in the summer, 9 tog now and then button the two together for deep winter to create 13.5tog. Lovely Hungarian goose down from soak and sleep.

VanitasVanitatum Tue 28-Oct-14 13:31:19

You can buy a 4.5 to with another one press studded to it, if you don't want to sew one. I know this because I own one!

Seriously wasteful to buy and chuck three duvets per year.

ireallydontlikemonday Tue 28-Oct-14 13:36:04

YA both BU.

Don't bin them but they definitely need to be cleaned. We take ours to the launderette. I have a 4.5 and a 10.5 that click together in winter.

MrsTerrorPratchett Tue 28-Oct-14 13:38:17

Please tell me you don't 'bin' them? You do donate them, don't you? Otherwise YABsooooooU.

RiverTam Tue 28-Oct-14 13:39:29

what an utter waste shock.

We hardly ever wash our duvets or pillows. No-one's died yet. Airing them or taking them to the launderette is a good plan. But bunging them into landfill year after year after year?

Bricklestick Tue 28-Oct-14 13:41:04

What a bloody waste! Wash them, or at least donate them to charity, for crying out loud.

OwlWearingSunglasses Tue 28-Oct-14 13:42:21

Rather than binning them why not donate them to a rehoming service or cat/dog sanctuary?

JingleSpud Tue 28-Oct-14 13:45:07

you throw them out? Money to burn obviously!

loveisagirlnameddaisy Tue 28-Oct-14 13:49:59

Jesus, I am sick of reading about people binning food because the label says so. This is equally as moronic. As others have said, at least donate them to charity but putting them in landfill is selfish, irresponsible and lazy.

FlipFlopFlorence Tue 28-Oct-14 14:33:47

I think you're getting a bit of an unfairly hard time here OP! Although I do think throwing them out that often is a bit excessive and I agree about donating them to animal charities. But it can indeed be cheaper to buy a new one than have one washed, I found this when one of my dc was sick on her duvet. So the money to burn argument doesn't wash smile does it?

We live in a wasteful society, am not condoning it but when money is tight and life is busy and stressful you can understand it when people take the cheapest, most convenient option. Many of us haven't got brainspace to do otherwise. Off-topic but am still bristling from a major lecture last week from lady-of-leisure non-working friend with rich husband about ethical shopping at farmers' markets. Lovely! But, I work FT, have got 3 dc and haven't got time!

MrsTerrorPratchett Tue 28-Oct-14 14:38:13

I think you're getting a bit of an unfairly hard time here OP! I work in homelessness. Probably seen too many cold people. sad

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