Washing a down bag, no spin cycle
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Steve B
(geokite) - F

Locale: Southern California
Washing a down bag, no spin cycle on 03/12/2012 14:12:33 MDT Print View

I recently washed my down bag in the bath tub. Didn't want to risk loading it into my top-loading washer just to spin the water out. Put it in the drier, wow, sure is taking a long time to get rid of the surface water on the bag. Ah, put some towels in with the bag, remove when they are wet. Add more towels until the surface of the bag is dry, and the down drying can begin.

Steve

Randy Martin
(randalmartin) - F

Locale: Colorado
Re: Washing a down bag, no spin cycle on 03/12/2012 14:31:42 MDT Print View

Very creative!!

Did you put in some Tennis shoes or Tennis balls to help break up the down clumps when drying?

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Washing a down bag, no spin cycle on 03/12/2012 15:03:44 MDT Print View

> Didn't want to risk loading it into my top-loading washer just to spin the water out.
I do use a top-loader for the spin cycle. I pack the down item in LOOSELY so that it is not stretched whwen against the outer wall. Spinning REALLY makes a huge difference! Takes about 1 full day in the sun to dry, with some declumping by beating.

Cheers

Steve B
(geokite) - F

Locale: Southern California
Tennis balls on 03/12/2012 15:19:43 MDT Print View

Yes, I did, but only because of recommendations from other places on the net (feathered friends website, zpacks, etc). Hand de-clumping the down is the most effective and needed (even with tennis balls), but sooooo time consuming...

Steve