You may have asked yourself: can I wash a comforter in a washing machine? You can, in fact. Keep reading to find out how.

Most people know they should wash their sheets frequently, but what about your comforter? These bulky blankets are essential during the cooler months, so it’s important to keep them as clean as possible. 

Nevertheless, this can be a challenge – a comforter’s filling can bunch up during a wash and dry cycle, leaving you with a less than lovely look. We can show you how to wash a comforter in a washing machine without it getting lumpy.

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How often should you wash a comforter?

Comforters don’t need to be washed as often as sheets, but they should be kept clean. Check the tag or your comforter’s care guidelines for more information.  Allergy sufferers may want to wash their comforter more frequently.


If you want or need to wash your comforter frequently, consider using a duvet cover, which can protect your comforter and be easier to clean than the comforter itself.

How to wash a comforter in a front or top load washing machine

Comforters come in a range of styles and material types, so it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s care instructions. However, some general guidelines can help you clean most standard comforters.

The interior of an impeller washing machine.

Step 1: Use a large capacity washer and dryer. Your comforter needs room to agitate and tumble – it can’t get clean otherwise. If your laundry set isn’t large enough to accommodate your comforter, use a commercial washer and dryer at your local laundromat.

Step 2: Remove the duvet cover, if applicable. Duvets should be removed and washed separately.

Step 3: Check your comforter for holes, tears or loose threads before washing. Make sure all of the stitching is secure before you place your comforter in the washing machine.

Step 4: Place the comforter into your washer carefully. If your top load washer has an agitator, place it loosely around the wash tub and try to keep the load balanced. Sheets and comforters are generally washed using a bulky cycle. However, if you wish to be gentler, a delicate cycle is sufficient.

Step 5: Use an extra rinse option. An extra rinse helps wash away additional dirt, pollen, detergent or dust mites. This is especially helpful to those with allergies or sensitive skin

Step 6: Dry on a low heat or no heat setting.

Step 7: Finish drying on a comforter rack. Comforters may not dry completely in your dryer. After you remove your comforter, place it on a comforter rack for 1-2 days to finish drying before storing it or placing it back on your bed.

Note: The Damp Dry signal on new Whirlpool dryers remind you to reposition bulky loads midway through the cycle to help combat balling and tangling


Find washers and dryers that handle any load at Whirlpool

Whether you’re washing clothes, blankets, sheets or comforters, you need a washer and dryer that can keep up with your family’s needs. That’s why Whirlpool offers a wide range of laundry appliances with the features you need to make laundry day a better day. Explore our washers and dryers to find the right fit for your laundry room today.

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