How to Dry a Comforter without Shrinking


Jamie asked: How do I prevent my comforter from shrinking in the dryer. I have a cotton comforter. It is a king size, and I’ve washed and dried it once, and it shrank. I washed it again about six months later, and it was fine. We have hit our cold season, so hanging it outside is no longer an option. My cat has been sleeping on it, and I’m afraid to put it in the dryer again.

The heat from the dryer does not react well with cotton fabrics which will quickly shrink with the heat. The best way to avoid shrinking is to remove the heat factor. This can be accomplished a couple of different ways:

  1. Dry the items on the “fluff” or “no heat” cycle. It will take several cycles to thoroughly dry the comforter, but the lack of heat should preserve the size.
  2. Lay the comforter on the bed and allow it to air dry. Flip it frequently. Adding fans or a heater will help speed up the drying process.
  3. Drape the comforter over a couch or a couple of chairs. This allows air to get up underneath the comforter and dry it.

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