There are few things more luxurious than a plush feather and down duvet. However, as lovely as feather and down duvets can be to sleep with, they can be a pain to handle if they get dirty. Feathers can be a tricky material to clean, and since natural duvets can sometimes be an investment, finding the right way to clean them without damaging them can be intimidating.

Luckily there are many options for washing feather and down duvets. Follow our guide below to learn how to wash natural bedding, depending on which size or type you have.


Yes, it can! Feather and down duvets have an intimidating reputation when it comes to washing, and you’ve likely heard horror stories from friends or family members about their misfortunes with washing a feather and down duvet.

You can avoid many of these issues if you learn how to wash a natural duvet correctly. Those who have tried to wash a feather and down duvet at home and came away with a ruined duvet most likely didn’t have an appropriately sized washing machine for the task.


There are few more considerations to keep in mind when it comes to learning how to clean a duvet with a natural filling from the comfort of your own home. Firstly, how you clean a feather and down duvet depends mainly on the condition of the duvet. 

The duvet can be washed thoroughly in a washing machine, spot-cleaned in case of smaller messes, and even treated for stain removal if necessary.


As you would with high-quality pieces of clothing, always check the care label and wash instructions on duvets. It’s essential to make this your first step as some natural duvets are dry clean only.

If your feather and down duvet’s care label mentions dry cleaning, then it’s best to leave the job to the professionals. However, if the label instructs that it is safe to wash at home, check the capacity of your washing machine. Your next step will vary depending on the duvet size and your machine.

An average washing machine will accommodate smaller natural duvets with ease. If you have a king size or super king size feather duvet, consider having it cleaned professionally as your machine capacity may struggle to adequately fit it in.  

Washing machines are likely to be too small for larger duvet sizes. As feather and down duvets get very heavy when wet, it can be difficult for a washing machine to handle them properly. 

If your duvet is a smaller size, the next step is to make sure it’s in good condition. Duvets with small rips or tears aren’t likely to survive the washing cycle in a machine. If you find some rips, sew them up securely before moving on.

Even if your duvet is in good condition, set your washing machine to a gentle cycle to prevent any damage. Be sure to only use as much detergent as you would for a regular bedding cycle and use warm water.

Once the initial rinse cycle ends, reset the machine to run through one more rinse before the spin cycle. This ensures your fluffy duvet doesn’t retain any soapy water which could lead to skin irritation later.


If your feather and down duvet has a small area of staining or a small spot, learn how to remove a stain from a duvet to avoid washing the entire duvet. Although you should wash a duvet about once a year for hygiene and freshness, spot-treating in between is a great way to keep the fabric clean without wearing it out.

Depending on the type of stain, you can select a treatment product made especially for it. For greasy stains, choose an oil or grease remover. Dampen the area that needs treating, apply the cleaning product or a tiny bit of laundry detergent, and gently rub it into the area.

Once it begins to foam, let it sit overnight to be sure the stain is removed before wetting the small area to “rinse” the product out and then let it dry.


Once your feather and down duvet has run through its washing cycle, it’s time to move on to the drying stage. Your duvet is likely to be extremely heavy when wet, so be careful when removing it from the washing machine.

Be aware that the feathers inside your duvet become darker when wet, so if your duvet looks discoloured or even malformed, don’t worry. As the duvet dries, the feathers will redistribute themselves (they may benefit from a good shake though) and return to their normal colour.

Make sure your dryer has the correct capacity for handling your natural duvet. A dryer is preferable to line drying. Since your duvet is rather bulky, it will take a long time to thoroughly dry out which can make it susceptible to mould or mildew if left outside for its entire drying process.

If your dryer is too small to fit your duvet comfortably, then check with local laundrettes, which are highly likely to have industrial dryers large enough for a good fit.

However, if your dryer is the right size, run it on a cycle with a comfortable, warm temperature until totally dry. If you prefer to line dry, dry partially in the dryer first and then hang your duvet outside. This cuts down on outdoor drying time and preserves the freshness of the newly laundered fabric.


Whilst washing your natural duvet can be daunting, this guide should have given you some pointers as to how to effectively ensure you are able to wash them to keep it fresh, clean, and performing to its potential so that you can get the most from your EarthKind™ natural duvet for as long as possible.