Washing a down comforter

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In your answer about machine washing a down comforter, you mentioned using Ivory dish soap. I know that that can be disastrous if too much is used. How much liquid dish soap did you use, and why not just use Ivory liquid for washing machines?

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  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 30, 2018
    Yeah, I'd avoid the dishwashing soap:) Along with a clean comforter, you will have a sparkling machine, floor and anything else the foam raging out of the machine touches:) Only use soap designed specifically for washing machines. Use the delicate cycle and fluff dry. If it's a big comforter, maybe going to a laundromat would be a good idea because they have huge machines.
  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Mar 30, 2018
    I would wash the comforter in cold water and use detergent like Zero. You do not need much as it really suds up in the cold water. Too much soap and the machine runs longer in order to get rid of the excess soap. Too much soap also turns your laundry grey.
  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 30, 2018
    i use a product just for down...usually used for coats, but does comforter’s as well. It’s called “down wash”. Worlds largest on line reatailer Amaz...caries it
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Mar 30, 2018
    I have a huge washing machine and I don't it to wash a comforter that is bigger than a twin. I don't think it would wash or rinse very well. I go to a laundromat that has the big washers and dryers, they come out better in the big dryers anyway, much more fluffy with all the room they have in those big tub dryers.
  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Mar 30, 2018
    I work for a company that specializes in down products. Do not use ivory. Down has oils in it that you don't want to strip, much like shampooing hair. Use either a down wash or a good castile soap like Dr Bronners. Just a small squirt of the castile is plenty. Wash on gentle, then dry on medium heat (if the exterior fabric can handle it) and use tennis or racquet balls in the dryer. If you don't have something to knock it around, the down will clump.
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    • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Nov 05, 2020

      Hi Danielle, with down it's important to avoid anything that might leave a residue because that can weigh down the feathers and reduce its warmth. Since you have hard water issues I recommend you use the down wash made by Nikwax or another down-specific wash. They are a very clear liquid that shouldn't leave residue even in hard water. REI or any outdoor gear company will sell it.

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