How can I clean a moldy-smelling down comforter?
July 28, 2014 10:06 AM Subscribe
I left a damp down comforter sitting in the dryer for a couple of days, and now it has a gross moldy smell. How can I fix this?
posted by bobafet to Home & Garden (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I foolishly washed my king size down comforter before leaving for a weekend trip, and didn't realize how long it would take. It was still soaking wet when I had to leave, so I left it in the dryer on the longest possible cycle and hoped for the best, but when I got home two days later it was still damp and smelled awful. I tried washing it again, dried it fully this time, and hung it up to air out, but it still smells pretty bad.
I have a front loading HE washer, and I have been using this wool and cashmere shampoo
because I had it on hand and it seemed gentle. I could try again with a harsher detergent, but I'm worried that might cause a different type of damage. Would Woolite do the trick? Should I take it to a dry cleaner?
Laundry sages of Metafilter, please hope me! I really don't want to have to buy a new comforter!