September 13, 2011 9:00 AM Subscribe
I have an amazing old down comforter that reeks of a mixture of death and b.o. There are no washing instructions on it. How do I get this thing clean/smelling good? Caveat: It is massive, and my apt has a pretty old-school washing machine and dryer.
posted by windbox to Home & Garden (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Do I seriously just...throw it in the wash? And then dry it? I'm horrified of ruining it or getting it all moldy and disgusting. Every website seems to say something different - wash it twice, don't wash it twice, you need a huge washer, put tennis balls in the dryer, don't dry too long or you'll scorch it, don't hang dry too long or it will mold. I'm seriously clueless.
I don't even know if it's dry-clean only. Can I take it to the cleaners? Is that expensive? Do they do that? Am I asking too many questions?
Sorry I'm...not a grown up.