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How to Wash a Down Jacket (Without Ruining It)

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Down jackets are a cozy and stylish way to stay warm during even the coldest winter days. Isn’t it time you showed your faithful down jacket a little love? While washing a down jacket can be a little scary, it’s actually very easy once you know the right way to do it.

Regular washing will keep your down jacket at its best. Read on to learn more about how to wash a down jacket and why you should do it more often.

Why You Should Wash Your Down Jacket

Men’s and women’s down jackets are a well-loved staple in the cold winter months. However, many people don’t wash their down coats as often as they should. They are usually afraid to damage the delicate feather lining in some way.

The truth of the matter is, regular washing will actually help protect your down jacket in the long run. And this goes beyond just basic hygiene.

When you wear it often, the outer fabric of your jacket can be damaged by body oils and the environmental dirt you come into contact with on a daily basis. This can reduce the fabric’s ability to repel water. This means you, and your coat, are less protected from the elements.

Regular washing is also good for the down interior. It will improve the loft, or fluffiness, of your coat, which will help it to insulate better. If you wear your down jacket regularly, you should ideally wash it at least twice a season.

How to Wash a Down Jacket the Right Way

  1. First, make sure to read the specific care instructions for your down jacket. This can usually be found on an interior tag. Follow what it says, modifying any of the below steps as needed.
  2. Use a front-loading washing machine. Top loaders can cause snags and tears or damage the feathers. If you don’t own a front-loading washing machine, consider taking your jacket to the local laundromat.
  3. Use warm or cool water and a cleaner that is specifically designed for down jackets. Regular detergents can leave a residue that might damage the down.
  4. Make sure your jacket is rinsed thoroughly. If in doubt, leave it in for another rinse cycle.
  5. Dry your jacket on low heat until it’s completely dry. Use clean tennis balls to help fluff up the jacket while it’s drying. This could take a little while, but resist the urge to turn up the heat any higher. Too much heat can damage the jacket.
  6. If you’re not going to wear your jacket right away, make sure to store it on a hanger, not folded in a drawer or bag. Squishing the feathers can damage them over time, making it more difficult to restore them to their fluffy best.

Just a Little TLC

Knowing how to wash a down jacket safely will keep it looking and feeling great for years to come. If this article was helpful for you, check out our website for more tips on a variety of lifestyle topics.

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