How To Wash Sleeping Bag?

What’s the best way to wash a sleeping bag?

Steps for Machine Washing Your Sleeping Bag

  • Consult your bag maker’s instructions (on a label or online).
  • Get the proper cleaning product (for down or synthetic fill).
  • Use the gentle cycle and warm water (or cold, if required by the bag maker).
  • Put it through a second rinse cycle to remove all the soap.

How do you wash and dry a sleeping bag?


  1. Lay out your sleeping bag into the bathtub and begin gently massaging your bag.
  2. Leave your bag in the tub to soak for one hour.
  3. Drain the tub and refill it with clean water (no soap).
  4. Repeat step 5 as much as necessary.
  5. Dry your bag by laying it on a clean surface outside, such as grass or a beach towel.

How often should you wash your sleeping bag?

When you wash your sleeping bag, your bag is prone to loss a little loft. You should only wash your bag when necessary, and not between every camping trip. When you need to clean one small area on your sleeping bag use a mild soap to spot clean. Ensure that the bag is completely dry before putting it in storage.

How do you wash a polyester sleeping bag?

Machine Washing Your 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 Down Wash.

Can I put a sleeping bag in the washing machine?

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.

How do you dry a sleeping bag after washing it?

Drying Your Sleeping Bag

  1. Set the dryer on low heat. Machine heat varies, so check often.
  2. When a down bag is nearly dry, add two or three clean tennis balls (or a lightweight pair of clean sneakers) to the dryer.
  3. Make sure your bag is thoroughly dry before placing it in its storage bag.

Can I put sleeping bag in dryer?

After washing the bag, yes, you could put it through a dryer; most sleeping bags are designed to withstand industrial dryers. Make sure to dry the bag on the lowest heat setting available, while checking often to make sure the drum of the dryer is not getting too hot.

How do you get the musty smell out of a sleeping bag?

Toss in the bags and a little down-specific soap such as Nikwax Down Wash ($9; Wash on warm, then run the bags through an extra rinse cycle. Then dry the bags, also on the warm (medium) setting, for as long as it takes.

Can you dry clean a sleeping bag?

Never dry clean your sleeping bag. Solvents used in dry cleaning can strip the natural oils from down that help it retain loft. Never use fabric softener, bleach or alternative-bleach products. Never wash a sleeping bag in a top-loading machine with an agitator.

How can I freshen my sleeping bag?

If that does not help, soak the bag in Odor Eliminator. Step 1: Fill a tub with just enough cool water to submerge the sleeping bag. Add 1 oz of Odor Eliminator (depending on odor strength) for every 5 gallons of water. Stir to mix.

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Is Woolite a non detergent soap?

Other soaps like Woolite have been especilly treated so they dissolve in cold water. Detergents are a kind of synthetic soap derived from petroleum. They are not inherently alkaline, but alkali is added to most detergents to make them more effective. Joy and Ivory Liquid are non-alkaline detergents.

How long do sleeping bags last?

10-15 years