Few things feel as restorative as tucking yourself into freshly cleaned bedding at the end of the day. But when it comes to washing your bulky comforter, the task can feel slightly daunting. It definitely doesn't have to be, though!

Cleaning and drying your comforter is, of course, necessary for hygienic reasons, but it also makes your entire bed feel that much more comforting (pun intended). While it's recommend to wash sheets on a weekly basis, the general rule of thumb for bulkier bedding like comforters and duvets is two to three times a year—maybe even once a season if you want to hit all points of your seasonal cleaning refresh. So without further ado, here's how to wash and dry your comforter, with and without a washing machine.

How to clean a comforter in the washing machine.

To get the lowdown on comforter cleaning best practices, we spoke with founder of Clean Mama, Becky Rapinchuk. To start, she recommends getting yourself a gentle detergent.

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