Expert reveals how to naturally clean duvets without a washing machine

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Lynsey Crombie, also known as the Queen of Clean, has shared her expert advice on how to clean duvets and pillows. She said: "If you are lucky enough to have a large drum washing machine then most duvets can be washed this way using the duvet setting."

For those who don't have a large washing machine, she suggested that "most dry cleaners offer a duvet-cleaning service".

Alternatively, she recommended airing the duvet outside on a sunny day, stating: "Leave [the duvet] out in the fresh air and sunshine, the sun is a natural disinfectant so will help to kill germs and bacteria."

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For stained duvets, Lynsey advised using hydrogen peroxide applied directly to the stain, then rinsing it away once the stain has been removed. When it comes to pillows, she warned: "Only certain pillows can be soaked in the bath, feathered pillows and foam pillows most certainly can't be."

Similar to duvets, she suggested airing pillows outside in direct sunlight for a few hours, reports the Express. A fabric refresher can also be used to freshen up a pillow, which should then be covered with a "thick, quilted pillow protectors".

These protectors should be "washed at least twice a month" to avoid having to wash the pillows themselves. Any "yellow staining" on pillows can be treated by "using hydrogen peroxide", she added.

It is recommended that duvet covers should be washed twice a year. Pillows should be replaced every two to three years, while duvets should be replaced every five years to maintain their freshness.

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