Home Improvement

How do I wash my Oztrail sleeping bag?

Set the machine to a gentle cycle, using warm water for the full wash and add a mild soap or very mild detergent. It’s recommended to run the cycle several times to ensure all soap residue is cleared away. Once complete, hang out on the line to dry or place in the tumble dryer on a low setting.

Can I wash my sleeping bag in the washing machine?

Most sleeping bags can be machine washed, as long as a front-loading washer (or top-loading machine without an agitator) is used. Keep in mind that some home front-loaders tend to be small and energy efficient, and may not give your bag enough room to tumble and clean thoroughly.)

What is the best way to wash a sleeping bag?

Prep your bag by unzipping all the zippers and loosening up all the draw cords. Set your washer on a gentle cycle. Most bags can be washed in warm water. But check the care label on the bag.

Should I wash my sleeping bag inside out?

1. Turn your sleeping bag inside out, zip it up, and load it into the washing machine. Be sure it’s a front load washer or a top load washer WITHOUT an agitator. An agitator is a spinner at the center of some top load machines that has grooves and fins which can rip apart a down sleeping bag.

How do you clean a high gear sleeping bag?


During washing, ensure all zippers and the velcro tab are secured. Use a heavy-duty front loader on a gentle cycle. Set to a warm machine wash (up to 30°C). Add a pure, mild soap, detergent or Granger’s Performance Wash.

What happens if you wash a sleeping bag?

Sleeping bags have to be cleaned in a front-loader washing machine as the agitation in a traditional top-loader can damage the insulation. Wash one sleeping bag at a time and be sure to toss in a few other light items to make sure the load remains balanced. We recommend using the gentle cycle and cool water.

What temperature should I wash my sleeping bag?


Zip up all zippers before putting the sleeping bag in the machine. Select a delicate wash cycle (see above) with a temperature setting of no higher than 40°C / 100°F with an extra rinse cycle.

How long does it take to air dry a sleeping bag?

around 20 hours

Air drying is the best method for both down and synthetic sleeping bags. The only downside is that it takes a very long time. For mine to dry completely it took around 20 hours. If you use a dryer, use the lowest possible heat setting and throw a few tennis balls into the dryer.

Can I put my sleeping bag in the dryer?

After washing the bag, yes, you could put it through a dryer; most sleeping bags are designed to withstand industrial dryers. Dry in a front load industrial dryer at the Laundromat, since a lot of home dryers are too small for your sleeping bag.

What is down detergent?

Fluffy, soft fibers underneath the feathers of waterfowl (i.e., geese and ducks). A fine, lightweight insulator and padding often used in winter jackets, comforters, pillows, and cushions. Before washing your down jacket with the right down detergent, start with pretreatment.

What can I use instead of down wash?

We recommend using Nikwax Down Wash for your jacket, but a gentle detergent like Woolite will work in a pinch.

What happens if you wash down with regular detergent?

While you can use regular detergents, they can strip away the natural oils in down and don’t always rinse out cleanly so I recommend using a cleaner specifically designed for down. I find NikWax® Down Wash works really well but there are several other effective down cleaners on the market.

Can I wash down with normal detergent?

Here’s how to wash your down jacket at home:

We recommend Nikwax Down Wash Direct, which is specifically formulated to work on down products. “Normal detergents can strip down feathers of their natural oils,” says Sirirot.

What can I use in dryer instead of tennis balls?

Instead of using a tennis ball, other objects can produce the same results. Tie a couple of T-shirts into balls and put them in the dryer with a single pillow. Add in a single clean shoe with multiple pillows. Small stuffed animals without any plastic parts can fluff the pillows and keep the dryer quiet.

What are gentle detergents?

Popular “mild” detergents include brands such as Joy, Ivory, Dawn, and eco-friendly options such as Seventh Generation, Ecover, and Dishmate.

Can Woolite be used on down?

We recommend a cleanser that is specially formulated to clean down, such as Allied Down Wash or Le Blanc Downwash. Please do not use Woolite® as it will strip the natural oils from the down clusters, or detergents with bleach.

Is Woolite a down detergent?

FWIW, Woolite was the standard for washing down for decades before dedicated down soaps hit the market. I did many down washes with Woolite before in the pre-down soap days.

Can you wash down with tide?

Tumble dry on low. (Always check care label for drying instructions before you start, to make sure that your fabrics can be machine dried, and to check at what temperature.) Follow these tips and you’ll soon know exactly how to wash bedding, down jackets and much more. Just be sure to use a quality detergent like Tide.

Can I use Nikwax Tech Wash on down?

It is best to wash your down jacket with a cleaner specifically designed for down or technical outerwear, we would recommend something like Nixwax’s ‘Nixwax Down Wash’ or Tech Wash for the cleaning process and Nikwax Down Proof™ or TX Direct for re-proofing.

How do you wash down hydrophobic?

When washing products filled with hydrophobic down, we recommend Nikwax® Down Wash Direct.

  1. Hand wash. We recommend hand-washing our sleeping bags in a bathtub instead of using a washing machine. …
  2. Using the washing machine. The down jackets that we produce can be machine-washed without any issues. …
  3. Drying.

Is Nikwax Tech Wash a detergent?

In the case of waterproof/breathable fabrics, like Gore-Tex, Nikwax Tech Wash is a soap-based cleaner that will not leave behind hydrophilic residue. Since Nikwax does not leave that residue, it will not impede your jacket’s water-repelling performance.

How do you clean a waterproof bag?

For machine wash, do it on a gentle cycle in cold water. Always remember that not all waterproof backpacks can be machine-washed. In fact, it should only be a last resort for cleaning or maintaining your pack. When in doubt, always go back to its manufacturer’s instructions.

How do you wash a canvas bag?

The best way to clean your canvas bag is to wash it by hand with a mild detergent or another cleaning solution like talcum powder or cornstarch. Wipe it gently with a damp, warm, white towel and allow it to air dry for the best results.

How do you wash a nylon bag?

You don’t need to set the washer to a gentle cycle for nylon bags. Use the same settings you would use for your more durable clothing – jeans or t-shirts. Let the bag air dry. Nylon is pretty water-resistant, and the spin cycle of your washing machine should wick most of the extra moisture off.