My down sleeping bag is smelling a bit funky.
Should I wash it or just air it out?
Some tips on how to wash/care for my down sleeping bag would be helpfull.
it's important to do everything you can to avoid having to wash you down or synthetic sleebin bag. use a liner, don't put it directly on the ground ever, don't go into it with bare skin ever, no peeing the bed, no sweaty sex, no shitting/cumming in there either, no snuggling with pets (specially dogs), no packing/storing the sleeping bag unless it's 100% dry (this means hanging it up to air-out/dry for at least a day or two after EVERY camping trip). dont' keep it in long-term storage without occasionally airing it out and fluffing it up to reloft the stuffing.
i don't know how to clean a bag because i do errthing to avoid having to :\
Go to laundramat and use one of those fuck huge front loading machines on the gentlest cycle available. Purchase one of several available commercial products for the purpose of washing down items. I use nikwax. Suspend flat to dry, preferably outside on sunny day. Do not lay on the ground to dry unless you have no choice. Drape across two or more clotheslines is preferable. Do nothing with your bag until you are sure it is completely dry inside and out.
a simple silk or even cotton liner adds like 0.1ºF to the heat rating of the sleebin bag friend. it's not like you're going in with a fleece bag or something
Are there any liners with actual hoods? I'm using a sea to summit liner currently in my bag and the liner doesnt have a hood. Since my head sweats enough that I should probably fix this.
OK, I am glad my knowledge on this may actually help someone. Worked for years in an outdoor gear shop and was told by a Big Agnes rep how they do it.
Method one: Nikwax down wash. Hand wash in your bath tub, cool to lukewarm water. Rinse thoroughly. Be gentle.
Method two: Woolite, do the same thing.
Drying: put in your dryer at low to medium heat with tennis balls. 5-6 is ideal. Check the bag every 30-45 minutes. It takes a long time.
Take whatever precaution you want, but
as a method of cleaning seems the most reasonable one. If you actually take measures to protect your bag then you wont have to clean it so often. Taking it to the drycleaners once or twice a year is not a bad investment when you think about it. It will save you time and you'll rest assured that professionals are taking care of your gear.
Unless you work at a drycleaners yourself, you can't argue against that.