washing my down comforter

washing my down comforter

i know that probably there are a bunch of folks who already know and do this, but it was exciting news to me and i want to pass on the info. to fellow laundry wusses and neophytes. my badass thrifting partner (and partner in crime, and many other lovely things of life) found a queen sized perfect condition feather comforter for $10 at a local thrift store and we've been snug as two happy bugs. and so have our dogs--when life gets hard, a "puppy nap" (everyone--on the bed!) is cheaper and more convenient than therapy. this has led, now to our needing to wash said comforter since i of the avalanche of unfinished projects have yet to get to making the duvet. i was very nervous, having never washed down before, but i stuck it in the biggest washer at the 'mat ( on discount day!) poured in the soap and bleach and voila! it didn't explode in the wash. but it was the size of a dish towel and i was a wee panicky. then this nice older lady who looked like she new what was down came over and handed me a set of tennis balls tied into an old sock and said it would ensure proper fluff. into the largest dryer with the ben-wa laundry balls and duvet and LO! it turned out great! I have conquered my fear of washing down! worry not--it will be okay. and waaaaay cheaper (and better for you and enviro) than dry-cleaning--which is what the tag said to do. makes sense, really since people have been sleeping under down duvets for a long time and "dry-cleaning" is a new phenom. Holly
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