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Laundering Down

Martha Stewart Living, April 2006
Rather than pay for professional cleaning, you can safely clean many down-filled items yourself. You'll need a low-sudsing, mild detergent. One method: Machine-wash in a large front-loading washer (if your washer is top-loading or small, try the local Laundromat). Another method: Hand-wash in a tub of lukewarm water with the detergent. Gently squeeze soapy water through item; drain water. Rinse with cool water; repeat as needed. To dry machine- or hand-washed items, first use a washer's spin cycle to release excess water or press out water by hand. Then tumble-dry on low. Adding dry towels will speed the process; tennis balls or commercial fluffing rings in cotton socks will help keep feather clusters fluffy.