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So I decided that all our down sleeping bags needed washing so as to renew their loft.  We have four individual bags, one double sleeping bag, and one double quilt.  I also decided to wash my down poofy aqs well.  I decided to start with the two summer bags and the down quilt plus my poofy.  

I hand washed them, something I have never done before.  always before when I washed down bags I used a front loader washing machine.  But that is $4.50 and it would have required two loads.  Add in the cost of the down wash detergent and the costs add up.  Thus the hand wash option.  Wow is it a difficult task.  First it is kinda difficult to squeeze out most the air and then get the bags wet in the tubs  Then I had to wash them thoroughly but gently.  Next comes the rinse.  To rinse them I had to get as much of the soapy water out as I could, but wringing them is not an option as that can tear up the baffles.  So rolling them up tightly is the way to go.  Repeat the rinse three or four time till all the soap is gone and the water remains relatively clear.  Then a final squeeze and lay them out to dry.

All this takes a very long time.  I actually gently draped the bags on the clothes line to facilitate drying.  After a couple days on the line, down to the laundry they go to get poofed in the dryers there.  many many many quarters later, the bags and quilt come out all nice and poofy like new.

Some time later this month I will do this all over with the winter bags.  That should be fun!

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The most difficult bag I remember doing was one with  DryLoft fabric.
Not all that surprising because it was meant to be water resistant.
To lift the bag out of the bathroom I mostly used a net type hammock (slide the net under the bag and then lift) but you can also use the cotton bag some come with.
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Yea, the weird thing is the water pooled up in the bag s and I had to squeeze it out.  The quilt has a different liner and so it was much easier to work with and dried much faster.

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I have that to face today.  Two synthetic bags and one down.  I use Sportwash detergent and mostly use my feet in the bathtub.  The good news is that with Colorado's low humidity and high temps, the bags dry quickly, then go into the dryer with a couple tennis balls for fluffing up.
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It's time I do that with our down bags and my down jacket. My down jacket really needs it.

It scares the bejeesus out of me that I'll ruin it, thought. Those things aren't cheap!
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Hah suckers. I haven't officially washed my down marmot bag for like 15 years. Am I going to die?
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Am I going to die?

Yes
Not today
but you are going to die
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Well a dirty down bag may not cause you to die, but you aren't as warm in it as you could be.

Rumi   <~~~~~~sir poofy


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Hah suckers. I haven't officially washed my down marmot bag for like 15 years. Am I going to die?

Worse - you'll die lonely...

Come to think of it, it's been about that long since I washed my TNF down bag (doesn't get used that often)....but it's nice and clean and fluffy now.

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I washed a synthetic bag a few months ago. My down bag is not ready yet.

It was quite a time-consuming project.


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Woolite.

Or this stuff, which you can get at Walmart or King Soooers

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I have a front-loader of my own, pretty large capacity.  I washed my rather small and light 32-deg bag in it three years ago with no problems.  I think I need to do all our bags again.  We just finished 26 nights in a row in the bags, and even with some form of bath most nights, and long undies to sleep in, that's a lot of nights.

I'll have the spouse pick up some of the special soap when he's at REI tomorrow.


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Drying the things is a royal pain here, where nothing ever really gets dry anyway.  Not quite as bad as some places in the PNW, but darn near.

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