We're cleaning the two fluffy down comforters that fill our duvet cover. They're way overdue for a washing, in fact, they've never been laundered. I've been hesitant to take them to the dry cleaners :: sleeping under those chemicals scares me. So, I did a search for "how to wash a down comforter at home" and came up with this. There's a wealth of information on that site.
After reading through the tips, I decided to give it a go. I have a front loading machine which is important :: you don't want to use a machine with an agitator. One at a time, I put each comforter through the normal wash cycle and then into the dryer with our brand new tennis balls to keep the feathers fluffy. I decided not to use any softener since someone suggested that may coat the feathers and lessen their lifespan. Perhaps vinegar would be a good option next time.
I'm very happy with the results and we saved a bunch of money by doing the cleaning at home.
Now for the rest of the linens....if someone will cooperate.