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(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Hand washing -40°F bag on 08/13/2012 15:35:57 MDT Print View

I'm now on my 4th soap cycle. The water keeps looking filthy. That means it should be washed more right? Washing a 20°F quilt was tough enough. All the extra insulation in this sleeping bag is making for a much more tiring job.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Hand washing -40°F bag on 08/13/2012 15:42:31 MDT Print View

What kind of insulation is it?

If it is goose down, then extra soap may not be necessary, but extra rinsing is.

I used to wash once and rinse four times, but that was on a -20 F down bag.


Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Hand washing -40°F bag on 08/13/2012 15:45:30 MDT Print View

How many rinse cycles do you have in store for yourself? No need to go to the gym when you are done. It'll be so nice once it is done. Now you see the allure of professional cleaning. I always do mine myself as well so I know what you are going through.
You are just having good clean fun.

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(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: Hand washing -40°F bag on 08/13/2012 15:57:23 MDT Print View

It is goose down.

I'll probably do the same number of rinse cycles.

Definitely no need for the gym today. I'm already soaked in sweat.

Professional cleaning is a lot easier, but I like knowing how clean my bag really is.

It sounds like I'm doing okay so far. I was worried that I might be over washing this bag. I've read plenty of guides on washing down bags, but they're usually for 20°F bags.

As far as clean fun goes, I don't think I've ever been so clean from the calves down.