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Busy Mum wrote at 2010-10-05 15:16:38
I always put in a small amount of lysol disinfectant with a small amount of liquid soap in a pre-wash, then do a regular wash with a rinse and then an extra rinse after.  The reason for this is I feel I am sanitizing the feathers.  I have been doing this for the past 30 years with the same king size store bought duvet and also with 3 single homemade duvets for the past 20 years. I usually wash them once a year in the summer to take advantage of the sunshine to help dry.  I also lay them out on a clothes horse (drying rack) with a couple of extra chairs for support in the basement for a few days, checking and turning every day to make sure they are completely dry.

Hope this helps.

bcnu147 wrote at 2011-11-22 21:17:44
For those who use drying sheets, you need to know that most dryer fires are caused by the screen being coated with the chemicals from the drying sheets.  The screen needs to be removed and washed REGULARLY.  When you first put it under the tap, you will find the water rolling around on it... a sure sign that air is not passing through it while the dryer is working.  We have also been told that the chemicals damage the thermostats over time.

This site has touble-shooting tips for different appliances:

A great tip for removing oil/fat from fabric: put 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil in about 1.5 ounces warm water and treat the spots (less of each if it is only one or two spots).  Recently, I treated a dining chair cover (I recovered a year ago) after it was spattered with oil, using this mixture.  I forgot about it until two days later.  When I checked, the fabric was as new.

You can also use 2 or 3 drops in each load of washing to help with stain removal and your washing will come out smelling like fresh mountain air!

Dove is another item I keep for treating stains: It is NOT soap; it has the wrong Ph.  It works wonders with all kinds of stains: soy sauce, tomato and others.

Sue wrote at 2012-05-31 15:41:30
I have a purple feather throw blanket that had been left sitting after being washed.  After washing it again, and again, and again and drying it, the feathers were still clumped together in the corners and were smelly.  I read your response and tried the Tilex on a small spot to test for color and it seemed okay.  So I then sprayed some directly into the feathers in all 4 corners where they were bunched.  Left it to sit for about an hour, and then started the washing machine on warm and just dumped some more Tilex in to the wash.  Probably about 1/4 of a cup or so, but I didn't measure.  Let it wash with just this and then after I washed regular with detergeant.  After the final spin, I put it through the spin cycle again and then after trying to seperate the feathers with my fingers, set it outside for a couple of hours.  Put it in the dryer after this and went through 2 dry cycles on delicate.  The feathers all spread out and the mildew smell is gone!!  I thought for sure this blanket was ruined!  Thanks for the Tilex advice!!

OshawaMary wrote at 2012-10-26 17:21:35
I've been desperate to clean the stains and mildew off of my best down duvet when I came across your tip yesterday to use Tilex Mold and Mildew. (I had even tried previously using the Sun and lemon juice and salt to no avail.) Thank you, thank you, thank you. Today my duvet looks almost brand new. I had to skip the trip outside to the Sun as I have arthritis and couldn't carry a damp duvet up from the laundry BUT I followed all of your other steps and today I'm a very, very happy camper. Thank you!!

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