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Washing Bulky, Heavy Items

I love my down comforter however cleaning it is a little daunting because of its bulk and content. Are there special ways to wash your bulky and down feather items? Luckily there are a few tips you can follow to make these items clean and fresh without going to too great of lengths. If followed, these guidelines will greatly simplify the bulk washing process and leave you with clean possessions that are still in great shape.

If the label says it's safe to machine wash your pillows or stuffed toys, go ahead. Remember though to not wash too many at a time (no more than two or three) and if the stuffed animal is well-loved (meaning it has more bald patches than fur and several holes) you might want to put it in a net laundry bag to prevent any stuffed animal disintegration—thus avoiding a sad display from a devoted five-year-old.

With big and bulky items like stuffed animals or comforters you shouldn't put anything else in the wash with them. You don't wash these items too often and so it shouldn't be an inconvenience to devote an entire load to one or two items.

Before washing a down-filled garment, check to be sure the outer material is washable. Then make a bag twice as big as the garment from tightly woven, white fabric and put the item securely inside. Close the bag using strong thread and stitches small enough to assure no feathers will escape if there is a loose seam in the garment. Always machine dry down-filled pieces. Use a low-temperature setting, and toss in a few clean tennis balls to fluff the garment and make sure it dries evenly.

Remember with down filled items to put everything on a delicate setting; you don't want a hardcore wash cycle to rip apart your down pillows or comforters. Be patient with the washing and drying of these items as well—it's better to take your time and make sure everything is going the way it's supposed to than rush the process and end up with damaged pillows and comforters.

Bulky and down items need not be an obstacle in your laundry day. It's not hard to wash these items if you follow these simple tips and you don't even have to wash these kinds of things very often anyway. You probably use these items all the time and so you want to keep them looking as nice as possible; a laundry load is often the way to do it and once you do you'll definitely be glad!

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Comments for this tip:

JJ    21 Apr 2014, 12:27
If you haven't a net laundry bag to put much-loved stuffies in, you could safety-pin them securely in a pillowcase; then no stuffing or fur will get all over. A better idea, though, in my opinion, would be to try to hand-wash them unless they get too heavy to handle when they're wet. Better be safe than sorry.
JJ    11 Mar 2014, 18:26
That should be "may God bless you", not "Mile's you". Crazy iPhone. (-:
JJ    11 Mar 2014, 08:53
Thanks, Jayne! I'll go get some tennis balls and try them. I appreciate the advice. May God Miles's you richly. (-:
Jayne    10 Mar 2014, 15:09
I've always heard and read to put tennis balls in the dryer while drying pillows. I assume the balls hitting the pillows during the cycle knocks out the "bunches".
JJ    10 Mar 2014, 09:30
What about a regular pillow, the fibre-filled kind? Every time I wash mine, the stuffing bunches up. I try to "un-bunch" it, but no success. I've had to throw out the pillow every time. Can anybody help me with this? If so, thank you and God bless you! (-:

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