I Think I Ruined the Stuffing in My Comforter by Washing It

While a comforter may seem far too large and plush an object to place into your washer, many comforters are washing machine and dryer safe, as long as you follow the proper cleaning procedure. If your attempt at washing your comforter has left the stuffing noticeably less plush than it once was, you don't necessarily have to toss this comforter. Before abandoning your once-loved bed cover, try out a few options for fixing your little mistake.

Your nightly comforter use can take a toll on your bedcovering.

Adequate Drying Time

When you wash a comforter, the fluffy filling often requires time to dry completely and bounce back. If you just washed the comforter the day before and have been allowing it to air dry, your lumpy filling is likely a result of the fact that your filling is still holding on to some moisture. Before trying anything more extreme, give your comforter a few more days to dry out and return to its former glory.


While you often don't want to expose comforters to extreme heat, you can still use your dryer as part of your comforter cleaning process. Place your worrisome comforter into your dryer with a few clean tennis balls. Turn the heat setting down low and turn on the dryer, allowing your comforter to dance with these balls. As the balls strike the comforter again and again they will likely fluff your stuffing substantially.

Filling Replacement

If, after several days to dry and attempts at refluffing, your filling remains lumpy and unattractive, yet you remain in love with your comforter print, you can replace the filling – although doing so will likely prove difficult. To take on this task, use a seam ripper and start to slowly and carefully remove the seams around the side of your comforter. Also remove any stitching that holds the layers together and creates quilting. Take the two resulting pieces of fabric and sandwich a new layer of filling between them. Then reverse the process, sewing around the sides and stitching back in the removed quilting to refresh your comforter.

Future Cleaning Efforts

Use your stuffing-damaging mishap as a lesson for the future. If you do manage to restore your stuffing, put effort into not damaging it again by spot cleaning whenever possible in the future instead of washing the entire comforter. If your comforter developed an odor that led you to wash it, try deodorizing it instead of washing it, using a deodorizing spray to refresh the bed covering.