How to Wash a Down Jacket Manually or in a Machine: Tips and Recommendations

Winter clothes on the down or synthetic veneer are quite capricious – many people complain that when washing in the machine filler is bunched, and the product loses its attractive appearance.

How to remove stains on a winter jacket

Most often the down jacket gets dirty on the sleeves, collar, and hem. Before washing it all, you can spot and remove stains. A universal option is to soap the stain with laundry soap, rub it and leave it for a while.

There are several recommendations on how to remove difficult stains:

  • Grease – a mixture of starch and salt in a 1:1 ratio + water. Such a paste should be smeared on the stain, wait and wash off with a damp sponge.
  • Tone cream and powder – a cotton pad moistened with micellar water.
  • Stain on white fabric – ammonia alcohol and peroxide in the proportion 1:1. Rub the problem area and rinse with water.

It is possible to make a homemade stain remover that will wash away any stains. To do this, mix 2 tsp of ammonia alcohol and detergent in a glass of water. Spread on the soiled areas, and then rinse with water. Remember that after such manipulations the down jacket still needs to be washed, otherwise, there will be streaks.

How to wash a down jacket in an automatic machine

Turn the down jacket inside out, put it in the washing machine, and add 2-3 tennis balls. You can use special ones – for washing. The only point – check whether the balls not change color.

Fill the compartment with liquid powder or put capsules, you can add conditioner. If you have a mode for washing outerwear – turn it on, if not, then “Delicate”, “Wool” or “Silk” will do. The optimal temperature is 30°C. In the end, it is advisable to run an additional rinse step to ensure that no detergent remains in the garment.

Useful tip: while washing, put a towel in the drum that does not shed. This will help keep the winter jacket from bloating to an incredible size. And never wash two down jackets together.

How to wash a down jacket by hand.

Fill a tub or basin with warm water, at a maximum temperature of 30°C. Then dissolve the powder, the amount of powder is according to the instructions. Soak the down in the water for 15-20 minutes, and then rub them with a sponge. Never rub the sleeves or parts of the down jacket with each other, you will ruin the clothes.

In the end, wring the down jacket slightly and rinse it in clean water until traces of powder are gone. Twist and wringing the outer clothing is strictly forbidden.

How to dry a synthetic down jacket

After washing, turn the down jacket, straighten it out, and take out the pockets. Hang it on hangers and put it on the balcony or in a room. If you wash the product by hand, you can leave it in the bathtub until the water drains out. Periodically squeeze the bottom of the product, draining the liquid.

It is categorically forbidden to dry the down jacket with a hair dryer or on a radiator – it must dry naturally, away from heating devices. It is also better not to use the drying mode in the washing machine – such a procedure can spoil the natural filling, which subsequently makes the product thin and reduces its thermal insulation properties.

Why does a down jacket after washing leave streaks

There is a whole list of problems that people encounter after washing outerwear.

  • Down or synthetic is bunched inside – distribute the filler by hand while drying, if it does not help – wash again.
  • There are streaks left – the detergent didn’t wash out, rinse the garment extra.
  • Old stains remain – you did not remove them well the first time, repeat the procedure once again, and then wash the down again.
  • There is a bad smell – take the product out into the fresh air, and air it out. If it does not help, wash it again.

It is important to remember that the down jacket dries differently: from a couple of hours to a couple of days. Make sure that it finally dries before you put it in the closet. Violating this rule will lead to the formation of dampness and the beginning of the process of rotting the filling.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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