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Winter duvet.

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kircubbin2000 Sat 14-Sep-19 12:44:25

Had the best nights sleep for ages under my winter duvet. Took the summer one to be washed and changed spare bed ready for my visitors.
Asked a friend how often we should wash duvets and she was surprised to hear they are washable!

Charleygirl5 Sat 14-Sep-19 12:47:57

I have had my 15 tog duvet on all year. I threw it off when it was extra hot. My problem is washing mine- it is too large for my washing machine.

Missfoodlove Sat 14-Sep-19 12:56:46

We have a petrol station with a drive thru laundry!
Huge machines and dryers, pay on a card so easy!

Nannyxthree Sat 14-Sep-19 13:08:05

Most launderette's have large capacity washing machines for duvets. Our local charges about £8. I wash the winter one when the summer one goes on and vice versa. Still warm enough under summer one at the moment.

BlueBelle Sat 14-Sep-19 13:26:29

I have my winter one on all year round, then in winter I add another on top 😊
I have been known to sleep in a sleeping bag under two duvets in the very very cold winter nights but I do live in a big Victorian House with no central heating or any heating at all upstairs come to that so I ll stick to my cosy duvets

EllanVannin Sat 14-Sep-19 13:40:24

I'm the same as you BlueBelle. Same heavy covers all year round only mine is a merino sheep wool blanket/throw which is dry-cleaned every year and on top of that is a feather quilt then a large padded throw over the lot. I'm no longer in my Victorian house but still feel the cold and I prefer weight instead of the lightness of just a duvet.

I get a far better quality of sleep using natural products which are warm and comforting.

vena11 Sat 14-Sep-19 14:00:36

My summer duvet 4 tog will probably stay on until the end of October then a 10tog goes on and half the winter I am outside of that . I think its my meds that make me so hot all the time.

annodomini Sat 14-Sep-19 14:42:25

I didn't join up the two parts of my duvet at all last winter. I still have the 4 tog one on, but next time I wash the bedding, I'll take the opportunity to switch to 9.5 tog. As long as my feet are warm, I sleep well and for that I have a collection of bed socks.

ninathenana Sat 14-Sep-19 15:21:26

Charliegirl same here, I only have one duvet. On hot nights it stays folded at the bottom of the bed

sodapop Sat 14-Sep-19 17:26:29

No duvet for me either in the summer. A sheet and cotton bedspread are enough. We don't have central heating either but I like my bedroom cold. In the winter I have a 13 tog duvet but always have the window open.
I washed mine at the petrol station as well MissFoodlove

jusnoneed Sat 14-Sep-19 17:42:51

Still using just the duvet cover, I did put on a bedspread last week as a couple times I woke up in the early hours feeling a bit chilly but the last couple of nights have had to throw it off because it's too warm lol. My OH sleeps under his winter weight one all year, pulled right up around his ears!
No central heating here either, I don't like hot bedroom and my window is nearly always open to some extent.
Luckily my duvet fits in my washing machine, I usually give it two washes giving it a good shake and turn around between them.

kircubbin2000 Sat 14-Sep-19 18:22:32

Our local dry cleaner washes them en site. The shop was full of clean ones this morning but he must use an awful lot of electric.

BlueSapphire Sat 14-Sep-19 20:17:12

Still using my summer 4.5 at the moment. Need to take my winter 10.5 one to be washed, probably in the next couple of weeks, then will swap over some time in November. Feel the cold now I'm on my own! DH and I used a summer one all year round.

Willow500 Sat 14-Sep-19 20:29:09

I bought new lightweight 10.5 quilts a few weeks ago and threw the others in the tip - they were several years old - we have no launderette near us and the cost of new ones was cheaper than having them cleaned.

etheltbags1 Sat 14-Sep-19 20:39:13

I too found it cheaper to replace than clean. That is such a shame as putting them in landfil is so wasteful. I could not find a launderette anywhereand I think it may cost a lot to clean

Ngaio1 Sun 15-Sep-19 09:24:05

I take my old ones to the animal shelter for use as bedding. (Animals not staff!).

Aepgirl Sun 15-Sep-19 09:31:45

One duvet all year round - washed when it needs it, but buy a new one every couple of years.

Caro57 Sun 15-Sep-19 09:32:25

Have moved to the autumn setting of duvet - have a 3in1 - and wash them at each season change. Am seriously thinking of getting single duvets as DH constantly cold and would prefer the winter tog all year (+blankets in winter!) while I would not - it might be the solution but will cause a ‘discussion’!

Hellsbelles Sun 15-Sep-19 09:44:35

We have a wool duvet. It doesn't have a tog rating as is supposed to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer .
It largely lives Up to it's claim except on the hottest nights.

Fairiesfolly Sun 15-Sep-19 09:55:07

Caro57 earlier this year we rented an apartment in Spain for the winter off a Dutch couple. I was horrified to see the king size bed made up with 2 double duvets overlapping each other. I got tangled up but by the end of the holiday and a few chilly nights I began to see the reasons for having 2. I could wrap myself in one to prevent cold spots when he turns over in bed and he could throw his off as he is always hot. Snug as a bug in a rug!! I am thinking of going this way maybe!

EllieB52 Sun 15-Sep-19 09:59:30

I am currently still on my summer 4.5 tog. This will be our first winter in our new Scottish home so will try the 9 tog in a few weeks and see how we go. Don’t anticipate needing more than that. Also have a 2.5 tog and a 1.5 tog for warmer summer nights. As they are all superking size and the biggest problem is storage, especially with guest beds too!

sophieschoice Sun 15-Sep-19 10:02:52

I have a duvet that pops together. One for winter/summer tog they make a 13:5 which is cosy. But if it's a particularly cold night I put a fleece on top. As I'm still having the flushes(not night sweats fortunately) I find it's comfortable. I wash at the launderette once a year. I've only had it a couple of years but it works for

silverlining48 Sun 15-Sep-19 10:12:24

We use the same 4 tog all year. It’s just my feet that get cold so I use Bedsocks. Perhaps as it’s nice today I might wash the quilt, it’s not something I usually ( if ever!) do. Thanks GN for the heads up.

Theoddbird Sun 15-Sep-19 10:43:26

I don't do duvets. I have sheet, blanket and as patchwork quilts...number depends on time of year. Love cosy. I live on s narrow central heating...just a multifuel burner in saloon.

Greciangirl Sun 15-Sep-19 10:47:11

Unfortunately, the cost of washing and drying a large duvet at the launderette almost outweighs the cost of a new one.

I get a service wash for mine and choose a hot day, don’t bother with drying, then bring it home to hang on the line.

penileegran120 Sun 15-Sep-19 10:48:16

My local cash and carry duvets are quite cheap so when winter one is not needed i get rid of it then buy summer one same every year saves having to store them plus can have dust mites which ain't nice

inishowen Sun 15-Sep-19 10:57:05

Mine is a super king so wont fit in the washing machine. £14 to get it cleaned.

grannydubh Sun 15-Sep-19 11:02:58

13.5 duvet all year round. Well it is the North of Scotland.

Esspee Sun 15-Sep-19 11:12:01

My 4.5 tog Super King fits into my washing machine with a bit of a push. It does us summer and winter even though we live in the West of Scotland.
It gets washed a few times a year when it is warm and sunny and dried on the wash line.
The Super King duvet was created by me from two single duvets as I was unable to find a 4.5 Super King at a reasonable price. My hand stitching may not be perfect but nobody ever sees it.

geekesse Sun 15-Sep-19 11:14:42

I did some contract work a few years ago and used the unexpected bonus to buy a 9 tog Hungarian pure goose down duvet. It is very light - putting the duvet cover on doubles the weight - and it is lovely and warm in winter and cool in summer. The best £300 I ever spent!

TillyWhiz Sun 15-Sep-19 11:30:06

I have the M&S duo duvet, so 4.5 for summer, then 9 now for autumn, making 13.5 for the chill to come. They will fit separately in my John Lewis larger drum washing machine. Add cotton and flannelette sheets and pillowcases, various fleeces, ditto bedsocks, hotwater bottle and I'm ready for whatever weather is thrown at us!

Jaxie Sun 15-Sep-19 11:31:27

Can a silk filled duvet be washed or dry cleaned?

Camelotclub Sun 15-Sep-19 11:39:12

Never dry clean duvets. The toxins from the chemicals hang around in the filling and can hurt your breathing. (No reputable dry cleaners would dry clean one anyway.)

Camelotclub Sun 15-Sep-19 11:40:04

Mine says not to do either! Gently sponge any stains away. Must admit I'd quite like to clean it but am scared it would be ruined.

Camelotclub Sun 15-Sep-19 11:41:11

The best duvets are the original eider down ones. You don't want to know the prices! one for me if I win the lottery.

Jan66 Sun 15-Sep-19 12:16:32

I've not changed ours over from the Summer 'cool comfort' one yet. Fortunate to have a machine that can wash the duvets so it will get washed before it gets put away. The Winter one (climate control type) is all clean and ready for when its needed (yeah I sound so organised but I'm not - lol). It is a good idea that there is a facility for washing & drying them near some Tesco stores, and a shame that some are being thrown away to landfill.

Mollygo Sun 15-Sep-19 13:34:12

Wow you must all love somewhere warm. We have a (washable) quilted throw which we use when it’s hot, otherwise we keep our duck-feather and down one on all year. The throw was out for 6 nights, on the last one I put my furry dressing gown over the top!

GabriellaG54 Sun 15-Sep-19 15:19:52

Buy an old eiderdown on ebay. Remove the feathers into pillowcases and have them cleaned and sanitised. Stitch channels into a cambric cover then fill with the down. grin

GabriellaG54 Sun 15-Sep-19 15:22:55

I sold my California queen sized feather and down duvet as it was far too hot and bought the duo from M&S.
This summer I've only used a sheet and often not needed that.

sarahellenwhitney Sun 15-Sep-19 16:03:03

I don't change duvets just change my night wear. Keeping four tog all year and wearing thin cotton PJ's but changing to thick winceyette when nights get cold .I can always put a blanket, cellular preferred, on top if exceptionally cold .

debgaga Sun 15-Sep-19 18:16:47

When I was younger and poorer, I used to wash my duvet in the bath. Choosing a lovely sunny day in which to drip dry it . Didn’t have any problems and still use this method now ! It’s heavy when wet, so you may need help if you have to carry downstairs, but I seem to manage. Necessity is the mother of invention.

FC61 Sun 15-Sep-19 18:42:22

My DH and I have had separate duvets continental style for years. I sleep on my right and he said I used to roll backwards and forwards at night taking extra duvet from him each time ! So he has a double and I have a single. So we meet under his and then I get back to mine for serious sleeping. In the winter we put fleeces on first under the duvet to stop cold air pockets on the back or neck so we don’t get aches . Fleeces get washed every few days. I love hearing how everybody lives! I had no idea you could sanitise feathers Gabriella ? In the UK ? Wow.

NotANana Sun 15-Sep-19 19:36:52

I have just changed my 1.5 tog one for a 10.5 tog one - the heavier one is a new polyester one and I was worried it would feel a bit "sticky" and hot, but so far, so good! It is supposed to be breathable though.
(And the OH suggested making the change, so bonus points for me because it is usually the other way `around and I start muttering about changing it before he feels the need to!)

Witzend Sun 15-Sep-19 19:48:36

We have an all seasons down one, so a light and a medium that button together. Only use both in really cold weather, lovely and warm and light.
They each go to the local laundry/dry cleaners once a year to be washed. Much too big to go in the machine at home.
I bought it at least 10 years ago in n a John Lewis sale - still fine.

Witzend Sun 15-Sep-19 19:51:31

BTW, anyone with an old duvet to get rid of, your local animal rescue might well like it.
We took a few old ones to the nearest Dogs' Trust some years ago - having checked first that they'd want them - they did.

dragonfly46 Sun 15-Sep-19 19:57:54

We have a super king size bed with 2 single 4 tog duvets all the year round. We also have the window open every night. Like Sarah I adjust my nightmare. When it is hot we have a sheet and a cotton waffle blanket.

Solonge Sun 15-Sep-19 21:10:25

We treated ourselves to a silk filled Duvet....15 tog...light as a feather but warm as toast......

Paperbackwriter Sun 15-Sep-19 22:22:56

HellsBelles - where did you get your wool duvet? I've never heard of one of those but it sounds an interesting option. I've got goose down in mine but am interested in other ideas!

Shropshirelass Tue 17-Sep-19 08:18:40

I used to put mine in the bath and tread on them before struggling to get them downstairs to throw over the maypole line. I now take them to the dry cleaners, too big and heavy to wash.

narrowboatnan Tue 17-Sep-19 17:47:12

Paperbackwriter we are just about to treat ourselves to a wool duvet and have been looking online to see what's out there. We could just go to Dunelm and buy one, but want to do our bit to support the British Wool Industry so will probably look at getting one from Devon Duvets ( or The Wool Room ( They are not cheap, but we are hoping that 'you get what you pay for'

narrowboatnan Tue 17-Sep-19 17:52:53

Me again! On the subject of wool duvets, Baavet (a quirky turn on Duvet) have a bargain basement.