Should You Wash New Bedding?

We get asked this question quite a bit from customers buying bedding. "Do I need to wash my new pillow or comforter before using them?" The short answer is: No!

No Need to Wash

We're surprised by how many people feel they need to wash new bedding. It is understandable that some fabrics are finished with a sizing substance that adds a starch-like stiffness that should be washed for more comfortable contact. But at DOWNLITE, our fabrics are manufactured to be used immediately once purchased.

Our pillows and comforters have been washed and sterilized by us before production. Our RestAssuredâ„¢ cleaning and sterilizing process is among the most sophisticated in the world. Through in-house and third party testing, we exceed the government standards for hypoallergenic cleanliness.

But I Want a Fresh Smell!

We get it; everyone loves their specific brand of detergent they use, it makes everything you have smell like 'home'. But washing is not the answer. Instead of washing your new hotel bedding, try letting them sit in a guest bedroom for a day or two to acclimate to your home. If you want instant gratification, toss them in the dryer with a dryer sheet and dryer balls/tennis balls. This will do double duty by adding freshness and fluffing your bedding at the same time.

When in doubt, you can always take the lazy route (like we do sometimes) and wash your sheets and duvets right before you use your new bedding. They needed to be washed anyway and now you get that fresh scent, without having the extra work of laundering new items!

If we still haven't convinced you to not wash your new down pillow or down comforter, go to for tips on washing and drying bedding.