How to wash your sleeping bag

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It has been the faithful companion of many experiences, it has protected you from the cold and humidity of nights outdoors. Now you have to return the favor and get him back clean and fit for the next adventures. Afraid of ruining it? Don’t worry: make yourself comfortable, take a few minutes and I’ll explain it to you step by step. how to wash your sleeping bag.

How to wash the sleeping bag?

Whether you’re a camping lover or an active weekend hiker, you’re sure to have a sleeping bag ready to welcome you under the stars at the end of the day.

THE sleeping bags they can last a very long time, even more than 20 years, provided certain precautions are taken, including cleaning. Sounds easy, but…

Don’t say four until you have it in the bag.

In other words, water, soap and elbow grease or the washing machine are not enough to restore your sleeping bag to its full shine and efficiency.

There are a few key ingredients that you will need to add to the wash: a little time and a good dose of attention will keep your companion in good shape.

After all, it doesn’t require too frequent maintenance: unless it gets too dirty, years can pass between one full wash and the next, so…treat it right!

How often should the sleeping bag be washed?

There is no precise rule other than common sense: the sleeping bag simply washes when dirty.

It’s not worth stressing him after each activity, it would be useless and counterproductive.

Frequent washing could cause it to lose its thermal propertyso it’s better to sacrifice a wash than risk chattering your teeth from the cold on a night out.

Take advantage of a break from your sports activities to wash it: it is not recommended to store it dirty and, above all, when you take it back you will find it soft and fragrant ready for new experiences.

General Cleaning Tips

A few quick but essential tips to always keep your sleeping bag at peak efficiency:

  • Never clean it dry: the solvents used in industrial washing are aggressive and can compromise the insulating properties of the coating.
  • Keep it clean during use: Try to take good care of it by keeping it dry and always wear clean clothes to sleep.

How to wash the sleeping bag in the washing machine?


Wash the bag Sleeping by hand is not the ultimate in practicality, so you can delegate the task to household washing machines or laundries.

In both cases, I advise you to use front loading washing machines without agitator to avoid damaging the sleeping bag by getting stuck inside the basket.

To advise

Before you start washing, remember to always check the manufacturer’s washing instructions on the label.

How to wash a down sleeping bag

In the washing machine at home or in the laundry room, just follow these few tips to clean yours sleeping bag without damaging it:

  • Close all the zips, fasten the belts, buttons and put it inside out in the washing machine.
  • Use a specific detergent for duvets and forget about the existence of fabric softeners so as not to risk weighing down the filling.
  • The delicacy first: a gentle wash in lukewarm water not above 30 degrees.
  • Rinse several times to get rid of any soap residue.
  • Reduce drying times with a short spin.

How to wash a synthetic sleeping bag


Synthetic padding is less delicate than down, so washes can be more frequent.

However, remember to follow some instructions carefully if you decide to washing a synthetic duvet in the washing machine:

  • Close the various zippers and straps, fasten buttons and belts.
  • Use a mild and specific cleanser.
  • Start a gentle cycle to synthetic wash in the water cold or lukewarm.
  • Rinse more than once, wring out and that’s it.

And now it’s the turn of drying: try to gently take the sleeping bag out of the washing machine so as not to damage the fabric or the seams.

Especially the feather, once wet, is anything but Light as a feather!

How to dry your sleeping bag

Drying is a fundamental operation to keep your sleeping bag in good condition.

Down fillings, in particular, require special attention so that no lumps form or the thermal and insulating qualities are compromised.

Depending on the filling, the drying time will also be different: about an hour is enough for asynthetic paddingwhile down needs several hours to dry completely.

So you want to know the secrets of dry bag sleep perfectly? Here are some suggestions:

  • Preferably use a large dryer so that the filling can be distributed more easily inside the bag.
  • Set a low temperature on a gentle program.
  • Add tennis balls to facilitate drying and avoid lumps and your sleeping bag will be perfect: game, set, match!
  • Repeat the drying cycle one or more times until the bag is completely dry.

If you want to opt for anatural dryingyou can lay your sleeping bag on a clothesline or on a flat surface.

Remember to NEVER spread it over a thread: you risk damaging the seams from the weight and causing the stuffing to pile up on one side.

How to wash your sleeping bag by hand

Instead, you’d like to try your hand at hand washing your sleeping bag?

Here are some tips you can follow to make washing less tiring and more efficient:

  • Fill the tub with lukewarm or cold water.
  • Add cleanser
  • Soak the sleeping bag by rubbing it gently, insisting on the dirtiest places.
  • Let it soak for at least an hour.
  • Rinse until there are no more traces of soap.
  • Squeeze it gently to squeeze out any excess water.
  • Dry in the dryer or in the open air.

How to remove the stain from the sleeping bag

Some parts of the sleeping bag, such as the hood or the opening area, tend to get dirty more or faster than others.

This is where skin grease and sweat accumulate, but the presence of stains is not a good reason to wash the sleeping bag thoroughly.

In these cases, I recommend stain removal interested parties before washing and you can do it in three simple steps:

  • Apply a small amount of soap to the area to be treated.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush on stains.
  • Rinse with a damp sponge.

Easy, right?

You can do this even when the sleeping bag is still clean but has localized stains: a complete wash would be useless, even harmful.

Have you ever tried washing a sleeping bag? Write to us to tell us about your experience, your results and your suggestions.

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