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I always wash clothing and linens as soon as I receive the items. I’m totally freaked out about horror stories of bed bugs, bad chemicals etc. I know  these incidents are rare but I don’t want to take any chances. However I am thinking about buying a king sized down blanket from Catherine Zeta Jones and think it will be too large for my washing machine. I hate the thought of going to the laundromat. What would you do?

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I wouldn't wash it.  I would never wash something brand new that was difficult or expensive to clean.  You can carry the "unclean phobia" to the extreme.

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It is unlikely you would be able to wash a king size down blanket in your machine with satisfactory results.  The options are to just put it on the bed or take it to a laundromat.  Frankly, the second option wouldn't be my choice due to the yuck factor.

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If your comforter is washable you can take it to the cleaners and have them launder it for you. This can give you sticker shock, too. I had a king poly filled comforter laundered and it was $25.

 

I launder new bed linens, too. People are not often aware that textiles imported into the US are often fumigated.  Besides, you don't know when you're getting a customer return.

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In the past I have had a down comforter and always had a duvet cover on it that was easy to wash.  Now I am very careful about what I put on our king size bed and only buy blankets that I know will fit into my washing machine.  It means more layers on the bed but I got tired of dealing with the duvet cover and to be able to wash the blankets at my convenience is worth it to me.

 

 

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Thank you for taking the time to respond. I did a google search as well and many advise putting the item in the dryer, without washing it, to kill any possible bugs or their eggs. I think that might be a reasonable compromise which would ease my mind a bit. 😊

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I do not purchase bedding that I cannot wash at home and I always wash before using. 

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Well I would use it out of the bag, but I think your dryer idea will ease your concerns.

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Why would you think there could be bed bugs in something that was new and never on a bed?

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You might be surprised.  I put king comforters in my washing machine frequently.  I usually put another item or two in with it for balance, since it always seems the comforter goes around the agitator just 3/4 and then when it spins, it could go off balance.

 

I have a basic Hotpoint.

 

 

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