How to Wash a Comforter or Duvet (at home)

I love comforters and duvets.  They are luxurious, help to make bed-making a breeze, and just give that extra level of comfort to sleeping.  Not everyone loves them – maybe you prefer quilts or blankets, but if you do you have a duvet or a comforter or two in your home, you might want to know how to wash it at home.  The best part?  It’s so easy to do at home.  Keep reading for the simple step-by-step directions.

Comforter or Duvet?

A comforter or duvet can be made from down or synthetic fibers.  Typically a comforter is sold with a solid color cover or a decorative print and not designed to be used with a cover.  Whereas a duvet is an insert that is placed inside a duvet cover, much like a pillow with a pillow cover.  My preference is a duvet with a duvet cover – I wash the duvet cover with sheets – either one is a great option for your bed.  (This is where my duvet is from – I have the all-season and absolutely LOVE it!)

Freshen up First

There have been a couple situations where we definitely needed to launder our duvets but for the most part if you have a cover on it, you can easily freshen up your duvet before you need to all-out wash it.  If you need to freshen up your duvet or comforter, simply put it in the dryer on low heat with three wool dryer balls or three clean tennis balls.  I will stop it every 10 minutes or so to redistribute the duvet or comforter and then repeat for a total of 30-40 minutes.  This fluffs up the duvet or comforter and redistributes the filling for a freshened up bed.  If you are wanting to kill germs but not wash it, put the dryer on high heat and keep an eye on it, rotating every 5-10 minutes and dry for 30 minutes.

Follow the Directions

Most bedding has care direction labels on them – always check those labels before putting them in the washing machine or dryer.  There have been times when I have disregarded the directions because it was more expensive to have something professionally laundered then it was to replace it.  I took the ‘chance’ and laundered it myself and saved the duvet for the cost of the water and detergent.  Of course, launder at your own risk 🙂

How to Wash a Comforter or Duvet

Remove the duvet cover if you use one.  You will want to use a gentle detergent and set your washer on delicate or gentle, with a cold water cycle as well as its largest capacity.  A front load washer with a large capacity is the best machine to wash a comforter or duvet in.  If you have to cram your comforter in and it’s a super tight fit, you might want to take it to the laundromat.  After your washer has completed it’s cycle, run it through the rinse cycle again. This is to make sure that all the detergent is removed from the duvet or comforter.  I will typically run the spin cycle an extra time as well to remove any excess water and help the comforter or duvet dry a little more quickly.

Dry Thoroughly

Once the duvet is washed and the excess water has been wrung out, you can now place it in the dryer.  If your comforter  or duvet is made from synthetic materials, dry on a Low to Medium heat cycle and avoid any high heat. Down and natural materials can’t stand much heat, so set your dryer on Air or Low and allow them to dry thoroughly.  If you would like to fluff up your duvet again, put a couple tennis balls in some socks and toss them in to agitate and return the fibers to their natural state.  Stop the dryer every 30 minutes or so to rotate the pillows around to make sure that they dry thoroughly and evenly.

With a little extra attention, your duvet and comforter can feel like new again. So go ahead – freshen them up or wash and dry them and look forward to a good night’s sleep.

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How to Keep Your Bedroom Tidy (Most of the Time)

The bedroom can feel like a catch-all for laundry, projects, stacks, and other miscellaneous items from the day or week.  Our bedrooms should be a safe haven at the end of the day and they should feel relaxing and inviting.  If you’re bedroom isn’t giving you those calm vibes, try these tips for keeping your bedroom tidy (most of the time).

Make your bed every single day. I know it can be hard, but this little step every day just might catapult you into a full-blown cleaning routine.  It’ll set the tone for the day and if you don’t accomplish anything else, hey, you made your bed 🙂

Do not store laundry baskets with clean (or dirty) clothes in the bedroom.  Bedrooms can be a dumping ground for clothing (clean or dirty) and if you want to feel calm when you step into your bedroom, a pile of clothes isn’t the way to create that calm feeling.  Try to fold and put away clothes as you wash them.  This will keep your bedroom tidy and keep that overwhelmed feeling of all.the.laundry away.

Use a basket or bowl by your nightstand for books, jewelry, lotions and potions, etc.  If you have a bedside table, corral those must-have items in a cute dish or basket so they stay where they’re supposed to and look cute at the same time.

Clear your dresser and put a storage system in place to keep it clean and uncluttered.  Keep that dresser cleaned off.  If it’s a hodgepodge of stuff, use a dish or jewelry box for your jewelry or a tray for your perfumes.

Put a donate basket in your bedroom closet.  Try on a shirt that you realize doesn’t fit or you don’t really love anymore?  Instead of hanging it up, put it in your donate basket.  When the basket is full, toss the stuff in a bag and bring it to your favorite shelter or donation spot.

Put things away daily and repeat.  Maintenance is key to a tidy bedroom.  Pick up in the morning after you’ve made your bed and do a quick tidy in the evening before you jump into bed.  It’ll probably take less than a minute morning and night but those minutes add up.

What would you add?  What’s your best tip for keeping your bedroom tidy?

3 Ways to Freshen Up Your Bedroom

It’s that time of year – it’s gift giving time and guests are coming to stay.  Believe it or not, in just a few weeks you’ll be looking for a clean, fresh start in the new year. If you’re expecting guests or just needing a little bedroom freshening for your own room, I find that doing these three simple things make a big difference.  Not only will you sleep better, but the place you get to come to at the end of the day is calm, tidy, and easy to fall asleep in.

Start with your bed

Change your bedding  – if you can’t remember the last time you bought new bedding, now is the time!  (Keep reading for a great coupon code you can use today!)  If you don’t need new bedding, launder your bedding and make your bed.

Everyone loves crawling into a freshly made bed at the end of a long day.  That clean, crisp sheet feeling is a little luxury.  Saturday in our house (and if you follow my routine) is sheets and towels day.  That means that all the sheets and towels get washed and the beds are re-made and ready for the coming week.  When SOL Organics reached out to me to try their products, I was so excited to try out an organic linen company and let me tell you that they do not disappoint.  Sleeping on organic cotton sheets is good for you and your family (that’s my #1 reason for choosing it) and it’s also so good for the environment.

If you haven’t changed what you’re sleeping on in awhile, now is the time to give yourself the gift of a good night’s sleep.  The cotton feels different – it’s that quintessential crisp bedding feeling.  My favorite thing about the SOL Organics products?  They don’t wrinkle like regular sheets.  This is just my observation and experience, but I think that pulling the sheets out of the dryer crisp and not wrinkled is pretty great.

Declutter your nightstand and dresser

Remove everything from your nightstand, dust and clean it and put the necessities back.  Put hand lotion, lip balm, etc. in a cute container to corral these items and to keep it neat and tidy. Keep your current reads handy for your nighttime reading.  If you have extra books or magazines lying around, put them on a bookshelf or in a different location.  Keeping your nightstand cleaned off gives keeps your bedroom an uncluttered feeling and will give you a little peace of mind.  Dust and polish your cleaned off space, move onto your dresser.  Remove extra items, polish the surfaces and put back what you want to keep.

Vacuum the bedroom

Dust has a way of finding its way under the bed, baseboards, and corners in bedroom.  Move any furniture that you can and vacuum under it.  Use the crevice tool to get the corners.  Vacuum vents, blinds, and draperies to get rid of all of that residual dust.  Finish up by vacuuming the entire room vertically and then horizontally to capture every last dust particle.

I’m so excited to share the SOL Organics brand with you today – the products are amazing our family is sleeping better because of them!  SOL Organics is the most affordable and ethical organic linen company that I have found and I am excited to share them with you!

One of the things I love about Sol Organics are the bedding bundles – grab a duvet cover and sheet set for your bed and you’ll be all set!  They even have down pillows and duvets if you need an entire bedding ensemble or grab the whole Organic Cotton Bedroom Bundle with pillows, duvet, duvet cover, and sheet set.

Here’s a little bit about WHY you might want to choose SOL Organics as your new bedding company:

Conventional cotton is processed using toxic chemicals that seep onto our skin and into the air around us. Sleeping on a sheet made from conventional cotton could be a contributing factor to all types of health issues. Because organic cotton is processed naturally, it eliminates those chemical health hazards and even provides natural benefits, like being hypoallergenic, regulating body temperature and absorbing moisture.

1 organic sheet set reduces 3.5 pounds of pesticides and fertilizers.

The chemicals and pesticides farmers use on conventional crops have been proven time and time again to cause serious side effects to our health, the environment and the soil that grows our produce. While many people started eating organic years ago, we are just scratching the surface of how organic cotton fabrics affect our skin and health.

Let me know if you try SOL Organics – I am so thrilled to be able to share them with you today!

I received the SOL Organics products to review and this is a post sponsored by SOL.  I only review and share products with you that I love and have tested in my own home.  You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Simple Tips for Organized Bedrooms & Living Spaces

 

Simple Tips for Organized Bedrooms and Living Spaces via Clean Mama

The 2014 Start Here series has been a huge hit.  Every week, we’ve tackled a small organizing task in our homes with the hopes of organizing our lives a little better.  As the year is nearing a close, every week in December I am highlighting an area in the home to work on.  This is a great time to finish up any missed tasks or take a couple minutes to get a specific area tidied up a bit.  This week take some time to straighten up any areas in your BEDROOMS AND LIVING AREAS that need a little attention.  Here are some posts from this year to give you a little inspiration and help along the way.

  • Your entryway and mudroom can set the tone for how you feel when you walk in to your home. These three steps to a clean and organized mudroom will start you off on the right foot.
  • It’s easy for closets to become a tangled mess of clothes and disorganization. Keep everyone’s clothes organized and closets clean with these five tips.
  • No more searching for random socks and missing undies with these three organizational suggestions.
  • These four steps to an organized nightstand will keep those things you want handy at your fingertips and all the unnecessary not.
  • When is the last time you went through your books? Consider purging your books and quickly tidy up your bookshelves with these tips.

 

5 Ideas for Organized Bedding

5 Ideas for Organized Bedding via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing focus is BEDDING.  You can find November’s FREE Cleaning and Organizing calendar here and December’s here.

Your challenge this week is to take a little time to sort and organize your bedding.  Regardless of your bedding storage,  take a couple minutes this week to organize the space.  Here are 5 tips for bedding storage and care to get you started.

  • Re-purpose or donate any linens or bedding that haven’t been used in the last year.  Do you really need 6 sets of sheets?  I keep one extra set for each bed and I find that this not only keeps the laundry down it also makes it easier for storage.
  • Take inventory for guests – do you have enough pillows, pillow cases, and bedding?  I figure 2 pillows per person on all of our beds and then make sure that I have extras for company as well.
  • With winter upon us, take blankets out of storage and wash if necessary.  Do you need additional blankets/quilts/comforters?  Or do you need to trim down what you have?  Now is a great time to assess the situation.
  • Use a basket or bin for overflow storage.  Contain your linens and linen closet items with a basket or two is a great way to keep the closet organized.  If your folding is a little haphazard (see above) or if you have too much stuff on your shelves, baskets are a great alternative.
  • Use a pillowcase to store your folded set of sheets.  Fold your fitted sheet into a small square, wrap your flat sheet around the fitted sheet, tuck one of your pillowcases in between the flat and fitted sheet, and then put that “package” into one of the pillowcases from the set.  This keeps the set together and looks much neater on the shelf.

What are your best bedding tips?  Share in the comments!

Martha Stewart Living Master Bedroom Closet Makeover

I was asked to share a Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot Closet System makeover on my blog and while our master bedroom closet system was fine, you can bet I agreed to install a Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot Closet System!

Martha Stewart logo

The process started with measuring out the closet and inputting the dimensions into MarthaStewartClosets.com.  There are three colors to choose from – Classic White, Espresso, and Wild Cherry.  I chose Espresso and ‘built’ the closet in the closet design system.  I love all the extras and add-ons that are available – hampers, belt and tie racks, sliding wardrobe rods, shoe shelves.  The closet design system was so easy (and fun!) to use.

Martha Stewart for The Home Depot Closet - Clean Mama

This is one of the 3 walls in our master bedroom closet that I designed.

The process is simple.  Design your space, order it online or pick it up at your local Home Depot.  The installation definitely requires quite a bit of time, a trusty level, and power tools, but the quality of products is great and the instructions are thorough and easy to follow.  (I did have professional help with the installation and makeover.)

Here’s a before picture of our master bedroom closet – nice, but the wire shelving wasn’t working well with the large space, so there was a lot of wasted space.

Master Bedroom Closet Before via Clean Mama

The first step was to completely clear the closet and remove the wire shelving.  I also wanted a fresh coat of paint on the walls too.  I went with a lighter shade of the master bedroom and bathroom color and we added a new light fixture.

During Master Bedroom Closet - via Clean Mama

Here’s the completed closet system from left to right around the closet…..

Master Bedroom Closet After 1  via Clean Mama

Master Bedroom Closet After 2 via Clean Mama

Master Bedroom Closet After 2  via Clean Mama

Once everything was installed and in place it was time to organize the space and put everything away.  We are still working on getting the space just how we want it but it’s working great so far.  I can’t believe how nice it is to have drawers in a closet system – it definitely helps to keep it all organized.  Here are a couple more pictures showing how everything fit back together.

Master Bedroom Closet After via Clean Mama

Closet System Drawers via Clean Mama

The hampers are my favorite feature via Clean Mama

Master Bedroom Closet Final via Clean Mama

Master Bedroom Closet Final 2 via Clean Mama

Master Bedroom Master Bedroom Closet Makeover via Clean Mama

  • Want a little more inspiration?  Take a peek at this gallery on MarthaStewart.com – it shows 4 ways to use the MSL Closet system.
  • Don’t miss out on The Home Depot’s Summer Home Organization Event starting July 10th through August 17th that brings you the best prices on shelving units, boxes, moving supplies, totes, baskets and more. Organize your life with fantastic storage and organization ideas from The Home Depot. From your closet to your garage to your pantry, The Home Depot’s storage options simplify and streamline your living spaces.
  • Disclosure:  This product was provided by Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot. I only promote products that I love and use – all opinions (as always) are my own.  Read my full disclosure here.

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3 Steps to Organize Your Socks and Undies

3 Steps to Organize Your Socks and Undies via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing focus is your (or someone else’s) SOCKS + UNDIES DRAWER.   If you haven’t grabbed June’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar yet, you can go here to grab it.

Your challenge this week is to follow 3 steps to organize your socks and undies.  Start with your own socks and undies drawer – if you don’t keep them in a drawer, or don’t have socks and undies together, choose one or the other and follow the same steps.  If you feel really motivated, organize more than one drawer.  Kids home?  Have them sort and organize their own socks and undies – give them a little direction and help if needed.

The easiest way to start this process is to start by emptying your drawer.  I find that completely clearing and cleaning out any space is the best way to organize it once and for all.   If you need some type of drawer organizer to keep your drawer a little neater, plan to purchase that this week as well.

  • Completely empty the drawer and wipe clean.  It’s so helpful to get everything out of a space before organizing it so you can see what your space really looks like.
  • Toss any socks or undies that have seen better days, don’t have matches, don’t fit, etc.  If there’s something that you’ve been holding on to and haven’t worn it in 6 months to a year, get rid of it.
  • Group like items together – I use small lidded shoeboxes (without the lids) in all of our drawers to keep the socks and undies sorted.  Once you’ve grouped like items together, you can put everything back in your drawer.  Fold neatly or just toss in a box or small bin.  Whatever works for your style.  I prefer a more contained approach – socks get folded together and tossed in a bin, undies all go in a bin (not always folded), etc.

Have a great idea for organizing your socks and undies drawer? Leave it in the comments!

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Spring Cleaning : Assembly Line vs. Room by Room

What's the Best Way to Spring Clean?  Assembly Line vs. Room by Room via Clean Mama

What’s the best (fastest, most efficient, most effective) way to approach spring cleaning?  Should you go room by room cleaning it top to bottom?  Or is it better to take it one task at a time (wash all the baseboards, wash all the floors, vacuum all the corners, etc.) for the ultimate efficiency?  Ultimately whatever gets you to get the cleaning done is the most effective method.  No magic solution, just whatever motivates you.  My preferred method is to do spring cleaning assembly line style – wash all the baseboards, wash all the floors, dust all surfaces, wash all the windows….  But if you follow me on Instagram you saw last week that I was working on the master bedroom.  I tackled this room and didn’t move on to any other spring cleaning until it was finished.  Why?  Because I tend to save the master bedroom and bathroom until last because no one sees it, but this year I started with it and it REALLY needed to be spring cleaned.

Today I’m going to share with you how to spring clean a room, any room in the most simple, effective way.  Don’t think that this has to be completed in a day – if you only have little spurts here and there, just complete as you can.  If a task doesn’t apply to your specific room, just skip it.  You can go here to grab my FREE spring cleaning checklist.

  1. Remove any hanging drapes, curtains, shower curtains, etc. and place in the washing machine if they are washable.  Dry on a low heat setting and remove before they are completely dry and re-hang.  This will minimize shrinkage and keep your ironing board away.
  2. Wash any pillows.
  3. Rotate/flip mattress and sofa pillows.
  4. Dust from the top down – ceilings and corners are first.  Dust walls if you need to.  Then move to dust and polish flat surfaces.  Use a lint roller to clean your lampshades.
  5. Vacuum or wash vents.
  6. Vacuum corners and baseboards.
  7. Wash baseboards.
  8. Vacuum floors.
  9. Wash floors.
  10. If you’re cleaning a bathroom, move on to clean the tub, shower, toilet, sink.

I’m using the hashtag on Instagram #springcleaningcm for my spring cleaning tasks and you can too!  Follow me here!

This post is part of a spring cleaning series – go here to see all the posts.

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