Laundry day arrives and you pull out your fitted sheet (not even going to think about having to put that back on again), your pillow covers, and your duvet cover, bunching it all up to stick in the washer, while your fluffy duvet insert stays on your bed all abandoned and looking a bit forlorn. As long as you have a duvet cover, it makes sense not to have to wash your insert every single week ( . . . or year?). But how often should you really wash it, and why?
Why Is It Important to Wash Your Duvet Insert?
Although your duvet cover protects your insert from bacteria, sweat, and more, it isn't perfect – and your insert is getting a lot more of all that than you think. As Helen Johnson from The Fine Bedding Company told the Huffington Post, a duvet that hasn't been washed for a year is likely to house more than 20,000 dust mites (BRB, heading to the washing machine), and bodies naturally release 200 ml of sweat on average every night.
So as we sleep, we leave behind sweat and skin cells, and soon enough, our duvets accumulate bacteria and, apparently, a whole lot of dust mites. Our duvet covers and pajamas are simply blocking a small percentage of our "organic" matter, so to...