Winter is coming, but before you throw the doona on your bed straight from being stored in your closet – we need to tell you something. That cloud of silk and cotton is definitely hiding more than meets the eye.
Here’s the dirty little secret about doonas: they’re a hub of dead skin cells, hair, sweat, and other bacteria-laden organic material. Your unwashed doona is full of germs, and you’re getting up close and personal with them for about 8 hours a day.
But you don’t have to worry. We have the solution for you! Get the lowdown on how to wash your doona the right – and easy – way.
How to clean a doona
The safest way is to dry clean your doona, but did you know that you can also wash your doona at home?
The method of washing your doona depends on its material. Cotton, wool, and feathers make the best doona filling (depending on how cold or warm it is in your area), and they each have a suitable way to be cleaned.
Before washing, check your doona’s tags for specific care instructions. Wash your doona by hand in the bathtub by soaking it in warm soapy water. Another method is to run them in the washing machine at a low temperature under the gentlest cycle. Tumble dry or line dry after washing. Be sure to protect your doona from dirt by putting on a doona cover before use.
How to wash a doona
Your doona is a big fuzzy baby that needs delicate care. Whether you prefer to wash it by hand or in the washing machine, always read the washing instructions on the label. Handle your doona as gently as possible and you won’t have to worry about a thing.
To wash, you will need an equally gentle (but effective) detergent and fabric softener. These natural recipes clean well and smell so heavenly, you’ll want to stay in bed in the whole day:
Scented laundry detergent
- ¼ cup plant-based washing detergent
- ¼ cup borax
- ¼ cup baking soda
- A few drops of tea tree oil or lemon oil (basically any essential oil you’ll love to smell in your bedroom!)
Sleepy fabric softener
- ⅓ cup white vinegar
- A few drops of lavender oil, bergamot oil, or chamomile oil (you can use all three oils for a good night’s sleep!)
Wash your doona with the detergent and softener at least every month – or every other week if you’re up for it – and you’ll be sleeping like a baby at night.
How to machine wash a doona and doona cover
There are two things you need to check before washing your doona and doona cover in the washing machine.
First, they both have to be machine-washable. You can’t throw a doona that says ‘dry clean only’ into the machine and expect it to come out looking like it did originally.
Second, make sure your washing machine is big enough to fit your doona into. Don’t let it bite off more than it can chew or you’ll have one angry, grumbling washing machine in your hands!
Once you’ve ticked off these boxes, it’s time to wash. Try this 5-step hack when you need to clean your doona in a hurry:
Step 1: Load your doona into the washing machine
Load your doona and doona cover into the washing machine together with two tennis balls. The tennis balls help distribute the weight of your doona evenly and prevent it from bunching up during a cycle. If your washing machine isn’t big enough, you may have to wash these two items separately.
Step 2: Pour a small amount of detergent and softener in the dispenser
Add the homemade laundry detergent into your washing machine’s detergent dispenser. The all-natural softener goes into the fabric softener compartment.
Step 3: Wash on a gentle cycle
Run your doona-and-tennis-balls laundry salad on a gentle cycle.
Step 4: Tumble dry
Tumble-dry your doona – and tennis balls – on low temperature. Never use a high temperature when drying your doona and doona cover, unless you’re trying to shrink them.
Step 5: Air dry under the sun
Line dry your doona under the sun. This extra step is what gives laundry that fresh and clean linen scent.
Machine washing is a big help when you want to clean your king or queen doona. It’s definitely easier to let the machine handle the washing and drying of a supersized doona than managing the washing manually, that’s for sure.
How to wash a doona and doona cover by hand
Doona washing by hand shouldn’t be difficult if you have a big enough bathtub and an easy-to-clean bathroom. Wash your down doona as gently as you can, and take your time squeezing out any moisture before drying it. This is the perfect excuse to get sudsy!
Before you start, check the care label of your doona and cover. Silk or linen doona covers may stretch or get distorted during the laundering process and may need extra care. If you have a white doona cover, make sure to separate it from coloured pieces to prevent staining.
Let’s get washing!
- Fill ¾ of your bathtub with warm water.
- Add in your eco-friendly laundry detergent until the solution is soapy enough.
- Submerge your doona in the bathtub filled with warm soapy water.
- Once fully soaked, gently squeeze your doona all the way through.
- Drain your bathtub, then fill with clean water.
- Rinse your doona thoroughly by soaking it in the clean water. You may have to repeat the steps above if you feel that your doona needs another round of cleaning.
- Roll your doona to remove excess water and make the drying process quicker.
- Lay the doona flat under the sun until it’s completely dry. You can also line dry your doona, but be sure to spread it evenly from time to time to prevent it from bunching up.
How to wash a feather doona
Feather doonas are the comfiest doonas ever, and they make you want to burrow under the sheets even more. Admittedly, they’re also fussy pieces to launder, which means careful care has to be taken to prolong the life of your doona.
If you’re having thoughts on how to wash your feather doona, you can use the bathtub method to ensure the gentlest clean possible.
How to wash a wool doona
Wool can be a tricky material to wash. It can shrink or get misshapen if not handled properly. The best way to wash your wool doona is to maintain a low temperature not any higher than 300C through the whole laundering process. Wash your wool doona by hand to prevent the wool from losing its shape. Avoid using hot water or washing your doona in the washing machine.
When it’s time to dry, lay the wool doona flat in the shade then allow it to dry slowly. It’s not recommended to place it under the sun, unless you’d want to end up with a miniature version of your doona or quilt.
How to put on a doona cover
There’s a trick on how to put a doona cover on, and no, it doesn’t involve getting overwhelmed by the sheer size of your doona. Trust us, you can do this all by yourself.
- Lay your doona cover inside-out on the bed. The end of the cover without an opening should be nearer to you.
- Spread your doona flat on the doona cover and smooth out any bumps. Make sure the corners of the doona and the doona cover are aligned.
- Starting from the end near you, slowly roll together your doona and cover. Make it as tight and smooth as you can, much like making sushi or a jelly roll!
- Once you reach the end of the roll where the opening of the cover is, open the doona cover and start to wrap your roll in it. It should look like a sausage wrapped in casing, if you can try to imagine.
- Slowly unravel the roll and smooth out any bumps. Voila! A nicely covered doona, just like that!
That wasn’t so hard, was it? It doesn’t matter if it’s a super king doona cover or a queen-size doona cover. You can use this hack for any doona and doona cover size. You’ll get the same awesome results.
Prolong the life of your doona and other household items
A clean doona is just what you need to have stress-free sleep. Whether it’s a feather doona, wool doona, or a simple cot doona – taking care of your doona blanket and other items in your household is important in preserving them.
If you’re unsure about washing delicate items like your doonas at home, you can ask your home cleaners to take care of the laundry for you. This way, you’re assured that your doona is cleaned the right way, and you’re saving yourself time and energy you could be using for other things.