Can I Wash Down Bedding Labeled Dry Clean Only? | DOWNLITE Blog

Posted by Stefan Hunter on 16th May 2024

Can I Wash Down Bedding Labeled Dry Clean Only? | DOWNLITE Blog

Understanding the care instructions is crucial when it comes to maintaining the quality and longevity of your down bedding. Many DOWNLITE down comforters, pillows, and other bedding items we make for other stores come with a label advising "Dry Clean Only." Our private-label clients require this labeling to appear on the bedding. This recommendation often stems from the stores seeking to minimize the risk of improper home washing techniques that could damage the product. However, when we make our down bedding collection, we advise consumers that dry cleaning is not required. With the proper care and equipment, washing your bedding at home can be perfectly safe and effective.

Understanding the "Dry Clean Only" Label

As experts in bedding manufacture, we know that while dry cleaning is recommended to reduce risks, it's not the only way to care for your down products. In many cases, the "Dry Clean Only" label is a precautionary suggestion to help extend the product's lifespan by avoiding common washing errors. Many of the chemicals used in dry cleaning hurt both down and down alternative bedding fibers. But here's the good news: with proper care, you can wash your down bedding at home.

How to Safely Wash Your Down Bedding at Home

If you decide to wash your down bedding at home, the first thing to check is the capacity of your washing machine. A large, front-loading washing machine is ideal because it provides enough space for the bedding to move freely and thoroughly clean without being compressed. We advise against machines with central agitators as they can rip and tear some of the bedding (especially mattress pad skirting materials).

Step-by-Step Guide to Washing Down Bedding

  1. Preparation: Check your down bedding for rips or loose feathers and mend these issues before washing to prevent further damage.
  2. Washing Settings: Use a mild detergent and set your washer on a gentle cycle with warm water. Avoid using harsh chemicals or bleach as these can degrade the down fill.
  3. Drying: This is the most crucial step. Down bedding must be dried thoroughly to prevent mold and preserve its integrity. After washing, place your bedding in the dryer in a high-heat setting. Ensuring the bedding is bone dry may take 3-4 full heat cycles. Adding clean tennis balls or dryer balls can help fluff the down and promote even drying.
  4. Additional Care: Between washings, air out your down bedding periodically on a sunny day to refresh it and help maintain its loft. BUT DO NOT air dry your bedding after washing!

Visit Our Companion Website for More Tips

For more detailed care instructions and additional tips on maintaining all types of bedding, visit our companion website, Here, you'll find a wealth of resources designed to help you keep your bedding pristine and enhance your sleep experience.


While the care label on your down bedding might read "Dry Clean Only," you can effectively wash these items at home with the proper care and techniques. This not only ensures the longevity of your bedding but also contributes to a healthier sleep environment. Always refer to specific care guides and consider the fabric and fill of your bedding before deciding on the best cleaning method.

By understanding and applying proper bedding care techniques, you ensure that your DOWNLITE bedding remains a comforting, luxurious part of your life for years to come.