Incredibly breezy, and an absolute pleasure to be underneath, bamboo comforters are the top choice for hot and cool sleepers. When it comes time to washing your bamboo comforter or duvet, dry cleaning is always the recommended method, but is it the only method?
Fortunately we've written a small, simple guide on how to wash your bamboo comforter without dry cleaning.
Is it worth it?
First and foremost you need to weigh a few things. Washing your comforter at home is possible, but will require time and skill. The cost to have a professional dry clean your bamboo comforter ranges from $25-$50. We recommend washing your comforter once a year if it is being used with a duvet cover. With that said, we can move on!
What You'll Need
- About 4 hours of your time from start to finish
- A pair of socks
- A couple tennis balls
- Front loading washing machine (the bigger the better)
- Detergent (small amount)
- Do not attempt this in a machine with an agitator. You'll end up with a damaged crumpled comforter.
- Do not attempt to wash multiple items with your comforter.
- Put your comforter in the washing machine making extra sure it's not crumpled or folded up. You need it spread out as much as possible.
- Throw in the tennis balls with socks covering them. Not only will this prevent the bamboo fluff from bunching up, but it will also help remove some of the oil and sweat from the comforter.
- Add in a small amount of detergent, we recommend something natural and not too harsh. No bleach.
- Wash on gentle/delicate with warm water.
- When it's done, check to see if there is any remaining soap. If there is, give it another rinse cycle. You don't want any soap remaining on the comforter.
Drying it right is critical to the success of this operation. No you don't need to be so careful as to hold it under a hand dryer but still be careful here.
- Gently remove the heavy bamboo comforter from the washing machine and put it in your (hopefully) large dryer. Take care to spread it out, making sure it isn't clumped up or tangled.
- Add in a fabric softener dryer sheet if you like.
- Add in the sock-tennis balls. The beating action will prevent clumping and keep the silky fluff evenly dispersed.
- Set the dryer on your lowest heat setting and turn it on.
- Do not set and forget, it's going to take a while so keep and eye on it. Every half hour check on it and untangle it.
- After it's dry or nearly dry, hang it out in the sun or in a dry area in your home for a bit.
- Slip it back into the duvet cover once completely dry and enjoy your freshly washed bamboo comforter.
It's Finally Done!
With your fresh comforter, you can now continue to use it or store it in a laundry bag for next season. For the most comfortable results, we recommend getting an all season bamboo comforter for the cooler months and a lightweight for the summer time. This will have you sleeping snuggly year round and prolong the life of your comforters.