Caring for your winter comforts 10



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As the temperature drops over the next few weeks, many of us will start to reach for our doonas, hot water bottles, and warm winter woolies. After storing most of our warmer items the majority of the year, it is important that we know how to care for them, once they see the light of day.


Freshen up your doona



Whether you leave your doona on your bed year round or pack it away in the linen cupboard, it’s important to give it a good wash every six months. Luckily, most doonas are machine washable and can be cared for in your laundry at home. Simply locate the care label and follow any instructions listed, then dry flat in the sunshine – the sun will kill any remaining germs and help to aerate your doona. If you’re unsure how to best wash your doona, check our previous guide on how to care for this often overlooked item.


Regular care

After you have washed and dried your doona, make sure not to neglect it through the chillier winter months. It is important to air both your doona and pillows in the sun at least once a month to stop them from collecting dust mites. Not only does this keep it hygienic, but aerated bedding has a wonderful feel to it, and may appear whiter after the natural bleaching from the sunshine.

Don’t forget to rotate your doona regularly in order to prevent the filling from settling in one spot, and enjoy a cozy nap in your freshened sheets!


Freshen up your winter clothes


Use a clothes dryer

If you’ve been storing your winter woolies throughout the warmer parts of the year, you may find them to be slightly musty when unpacked. Instead of washing every item again, simply turn your dry (and clean) jumpers inside out and throw into a clothes dryer. Set the dryer to a gentle cycle without heat, and leave your clothes for about ten minutes. If you’re after an even fresher result, pop a fabric softener sheet into the dryer with your clothing.


Get spraying

If you’re not a fan of the clothes dryer route or are just looking for a quicker method, pick up a freshening spray or deodoriser from your local supermarket, and spray onto stored clothing.


Whether you’re a lover of the cold or spend the middle months pining for sunshine, winter is an unavoidable part of the year. Don’t get caught with stale winter stocks and always remember to care properly for your garments – poor care could mean replacing certain (expensive) items regularly and unnecessarily.


Do you store your winter doona and clothing during the summer months? What are your favourite tips for keeping everything fresh and fluffy when the temperature drops? Let us know!


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  1. I am thinking that by the time we are 60 we should have a pretty good idea of how to look after things like doonas. blankets, winter woolies etc.

  2. Just had my woollen blanket dry cleaned as its getting chilly. Can’t use doonas since menopause, just add layers on off on off on off Lol.

  3. After summer always store my Doona. Bring it out and let it have a blow in the sun, now! I have a very light weight one I use at the beginning of the cooler months, but after a colder night last night, going to change to my wool Doona today.

  4. They wanted $60 to wash my doona at dry cleaners last year so I just hung it in the sunshine instead. Have just added one light weight blanket so far as I don’t feel the cold yet here in Perth.

  5. Same king size doona all seasons. Take it to the laundramat to wash end of each season (use the biggest washing machine). Buy new pillows when date is reached. Done and dusted 🙂

  6. Can’t believe this is a post on Over 60’s (though I do live in NZ) As Rod says, by the time we are this age, should have a good idea how to care for clothes, blankets etc. By the way, still think washing and HANGING OUT ON CLOTHESLINE best way care for anything, whatever the season. Why this obsession with clothesdriers

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