One of the warmest coats you will ever own is a down coat. The goose down feathers are warm and so soft. I found this coat several years ago at the Eddie Bauer outlet for $35. I have worn it for the past 5 or 6 years and I have never washed it. If you think about that, that is seriously gross! With colds, kids and dirt it is disgusting and needs a good bath. Now that I know how easy it is to wash, I will probably wash it more often.
This is the label, just to show you it is a goose down jacket
Here is the instructions in the coat. You will notice that it first suggests to dry clean it.
If you look further you will see the Machine wash instructions...
- Use warm water
- Delicate cycle
- Separately in a large washer
- Use mild detergent (Down Cleaner is the best)
- Rinse twice
This is what my washing machine looked like when I programmed all of the settings in. I even saved the custom program incase we need it again. You could use this for sleeping bags too.
Last but not less you need to use the the lowest heat setting on your dryer. Place 3 tennis balls wrapped in socks to get the down clumps out. It took awhile to get everything dry and fluffy. My goose down jacket is rejuvenate with new life. It smells better and looks wonderful too.
Wash your down coats!!!