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If you have a huge comforter on your bed and small little laundry room, I have a perfect solution for you today! I have struggled with washing my comforter because if I don’t hang it to dry, it doesn’t dry. But I didn’t have anywhere to hang it to dry! I’m going to walk you through how I solved this problem and make my comforter feel better than it did when I bought it.
I think the thing I love the most about this drying rack, is it’s not just a string. It’s actually really pretty! It has a cool farmhouse feel (which I never thought I’d love!) with the rope and weathered looking wood.
What you need to make your DIY Drying rack
- Wooden Dowel
You’ll start by measuring your dowel. I got an 8 foot dowel and ended up cutting off about 2.5 feet. Depending on the size of your laundry room you can make it smaller or larger. That’s another thing I’m loving about this drying rack!
Then you will stain! I feel like I’m staining something twice a week now because I just love the look of stained wood. The Verathane stain I used honestly only needed on coat. I did two because I felt like I messed it up and you couldn’t even see the grain anymore! It has that much coverage! I ended up sanding it down and trying again.
Now you will drill holes in the dowel where you would like it to hang. I wanted to try and maximize the space I could hang things because my comforter is a king sized and I needed all the space I could get.
Take the rope and thread it through then tie a knot where you’d like it to hang. Our ceilings are vaulted which is part of why I decided to do rope. It was just the easiest way to get it even.
Drill your hooks into the ceiling and tie up the drying rack!
How I wash my comforter
You all ready to get washing now! (Or drying for that matter.) Washing a king sized comforter is pretty challenging. It’s just bulky and huge. I’m always scared it didn’t get fully cleaned because I have to pack it in so tight. I am so in love with my Purex® Crystals Warm Sandalwood & Vanilla because all of my laundry comes out smelling so fresh. This is especially important with a comforter because you don’t want to be washing it every other week! Purex Crystals keep your comforter smelling amazing for twelve weeks. It uses all essential oils and no harmful dyes. I am a serious fan.
Because my comforter is white, I have a special way of washing it to make sure it stays that way. I start by putting my comforter in my upright washer and start a hot wash cycle with the lid open. While this is filling up I put in about 1 cup of vinegar and my Purex Crystals. I use Warm Sandalwood & Vanilla scent for my comforter. The natural mineral based formula, without dyes and with essential oils, delivers long lasting freshness. I let this soak for about 30 minutes.
After it has soaked, I close the lid and let it continue it’s full washing cycle.
After your comforter is done washing, hang it up to dry on your awesome new DIY drying rack and pat yourself on the back for a fresh smelling comforter that you don’t have to deal with for the next 12 weeks!