Weird things Dutch people do: hanging their duvets out of the window

I’ve caused quite a stir on my Facebook page today! And it’s all about the very exciting subject of… DUVETS! Hahahahaha! 😂

The Dutch Duvet Dangle

The Dutch Duvet Dangle

Lately, on my walks around the local neighbourhood I’ve noticed that loads of Dutch people are hanging their duvets out of the window and I’ve been taking photos purely for my own entertainment value. It’s not something that’s new to me, in fact I wrote a post mentioning it in Jan 2016 (15 Weird things Dutch people do) but today I decided to post some photos of what I like to call the “Dutch duvet dangle” and now there’s quite the conversation going on! 🙂

You can check out the discussion on my Facebook page but I thought I’d also write a quick post for my blog readers who may not be on the Book of Doom! So here goes:

Why do Dutch people hang their duvets out of the window? 

Apparently sunlight and fresh air kill bacteria and germs / bedbugs / dust mites… whatever. I haven’t actually Googled this yet but I have it on very good authority from LOTS of Dutch people so I’m just going to have to go with them on this one.

Apparently it also makes your sheets / duvet very fresh smelling. (Washing machine, no?)

Is it just a Dutch thing?

Hell no. According to my FB followers, they also do it in Romania, France, Greece and even Japan!

So why is it weird to hang your duvet out of the window?

Where do I start 😂😂

First, I think the thing that tickles me the most is that people do it out of their front windows for all to see. No shits given! As an English person, if we were to ‘air’ our duvets (which we don’t) we would at least hang them out of the windows at the back of the house or perhaps a washing line in the garden. We’re English: subtlety is key.

If our sheets are dirty, smelly, whatever then we just wash them! If the duvet is the problem… we wash that. And if it doesn’t fit in our washing machine we take it to the laundrette.

So who is right or wrong here?

No one. It’s just a cultural difference. And one that I personally find amusing…

I guess after all this discussion I’m going to have to try it myself (in the name of research, obviously!)

What’s your take on it? Do you hang your duvet out of the window?

Now, if you’ll excuse me I’m off to dangle my duvet out of the window and see what all the fuss is about! 😉

Hayley x




  1. I’m afraid of stinging insects, so all I can think of when it comes to hanging things outside is, “What if you get a wasp/bee/yellowjacket in it?!” (Two summers ago, we learned that yellowjackets can actually EAT DRYWALL! Yikes!)

    Fortunately, our machines fit my comforter quite nicely. It’s a little bit damp in the center when it comes out, but nothing an hour spread out on my bed doesn’t seem to fix.

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  2. Belgians do this as well, but since they’re more “modest” than Dutch people, they do it through the back window. My aunt only used to do this when my nephew had wetted his bed, though (the duvet of shame, imagine!) 🙂

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  3. Yup, see it all the time in France and it baffles me. The windowsill is dirty (even if you clean the inside, the outside part is exposed to dirt and whatever else ouside), so why hang it out like that?? SO WEIRD.


  4. My mom does it as well. Due to the fresh air it ventilates and smells like summer, also fluffens it. But aren’t these called quilts in english ( dekbed ) and the Duvet is thing that covers it ( read: dekbedovertrek )?

    In my case we only let out the quilts-comforter. Like the song…”who let the quilts out”? who? who ?who? who?


  5. It is to freshen and air out vs. wash it. it is a waste of water to wash your external bedding constantly; doesn’t mean it is never washed though.


  6. I wouldn’t hang them out the window as I have access to a clothes line instead! And same for woollen blankets that don’t need washing often but airing is good 🙂


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