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What to do with old eiderdowns?

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ConstanceSpry Wed 01-Nov-17 08:05:22

Clearing out my grandmother's house and have found a fair few old fashioned eiderdowns. They are in good condition but need washing and are pretty ancient. I certainly don't want, need or have space for them. Recycling centres say no duvets, which I guess includes things like eiderdowns.

What can I do with them?

Undercoverbanana Wed 01-Nov-17 08:06:36

Animal shelters will take them.

BikeRunSki Wed 01-Nov-17 08:07:59

YY to animal shelters.

EllieThornton Wed 01-Nov-17 08:08:28

I spread my old duvets on top of the loft insulation, so they can continue to keep me warm!

SloanePeterson Wed 01-Nov-17 08:09:47

Don't give them to animal shelters! Put them on eBay, they sell for a fortune!

ConstanceSpry Wed 01-Nov-17 08:17:33

Ellie, I love that idea but I live in a new house and it's so well insulated that if I put any more in we'd spontaneously combust!!

Really? People still buy them? They would need a good clean and I'm not at all sure how on earth to do that!

SloanePeterson Wed 01-Nov-17 11:14:07

I've sold them on eBay before, they wash really well in a normal cycle, then tumble dry with a couple of tennis balls to fluff them up. They're beautiful things so people do still buy them x

Rascallsall Sat 04-Nov-17 02:43:37

I paid well over £100 for this beauty on Esty. If your eiderdowns are too big for your washing machine, take them to a laundrette where there will be larger machines. Wash and dry them in a duvet cover for protection.

Mishmishmish Sat 04-Nov-17 06:33:17

Awww these remind me of my late grandmothers house. She has beautiful ones with a pale gold silk fabric, they were forever sliding off the bed!

Undercoverbanana Sat 04-Nov-17 12:21:03

Other posters saying don't give to animal shelters. (I have but there might be different rules in different places.). I've also noticed a lot more rough sleepers this winter - I'm sure they would appreciate extra layers instead.

daisydalrymple Sun 05-Nov-17 19:59:14

Our local community centre collects them to give out to the homeless. I only found out by taking some donations there for the food bank. You may have similar near you or I think the Salvation Army can also take them to give to those who really need them.

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