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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Perfect! Steps: 1. Run a cycle of water thru your washing machine to clean out the soap tray. 2. Put 3 oz. of Nikwax in clean soap tray and set washer on gentle with an extra rinse 3. Put my North Face 3/4 length black down coat in washer. 4. Remove coat after washing, shake it out and put in dryer on gentle with low heat. Put 2 tennis balls in dryer. It dries very fast (15-29 minutes). 5. Take out Coat and fluff to be sure all down is dry. First time I washed my coat and its 2 seasons old. So happy I did. No smells and it retained the nice color and finish just like new.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Effective Wash for Down Bag and Jacket Don't dread washing your down! I'd put it off long enough to get the olfactory attention of my tent mates, so it was time. Also, I'm sure the down was not fluffy enough to be effective anymore. One bottle was enough to hand wash my down bag and a parka (in separate washes), air dry, then fluff in the dryer with tennis balls. So, one bottle does not go very far, but it works great. It was a thrill to get that down bag smelling nice and all fluffed out.
Date published: 2016-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Clean Smelling Bag I started with a funky smelling down sleeping bag (rated for 0 degrees) that was used for about 7 years without cleaning. Washed per instructions in a front door washer with a heavy duty setting for one hour. Dried for 2 hours on low heat and for 2 hours with no heat using 2 heavy rubber donuts. The result was a clean bag with nearly the original loft. AND IT WAS FUNKLESS!
Date published: 2016-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clean as a whistle! Easy to use and did what it said it would. Had a sleeping bag in storage for years and decided to pull it out. Considered going to a commercial laundry-mat, but just washed it in the bathtub with this product. It's a full sized North Face down bag, and it had been in storage for a long time. Used the entire bottle which was the plan. Soaked it, agitated it a few times, let it soak some more, rinsed it a few times and let it air dry - came out great! Easy...
Date published: 2016-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overcome down neglect! You see it all the time: Down-filled items from vests to sleeping bags beginning to resemble archaeological finds, crusty with deep dirt and hardened clumps of unlofted feathers, because their owners think that washing goose down encased in nylon will destroy it, render it radioactive, or cause a speedup in global warming. But it's hardy stuff. The geese themselves expose it to environmental stresses and hazards that an Armani wool suit wouldn't last five minutes in, and their only maintenance strategy is to dunk it thoroughly and rub it with a rough bill. We, on the other hand, have the option of washing machines that these days can be practically programmed to darn and patch while they clean our garments at the micro-temperature of our choosing. And with a little help, they can handle any down jacket we toss in (keeping in mind that front-loaders minus agitating blades will be less likely to grab and stretch the seams). The Down Wash is that little bit of help. Gets in there, breaks up the oils and sediments that have attached to the feathers, allows them to rinse away, and does no chemical damage to the down. Does a pretty good job on the exterior shell material as well. The most common result is an item that is clean again, smells decent, and has restored loft that will improve insulating qualities to a significant degree. No more avoidance. Bring that thing back to life. The geese will appreciate it.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Didn't know this was a thing - so glad it is! I was headed to Iceland and wanted my super-used, slightly dirty down jacket fresh and clean for my trip. Because down can be fickle I googled the best ways to wash it and I'm so glad this came up. The directions are straight forward and my jacket came out like new. There are at least four loads worth in the bottle too so plenty to give you more washes down the road.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made my down quilt like new!! After hiking hiking the entire PCT my down quilt was gross! It stunk, was dirty, and no longer was as lofty as it once was. I washed it in the tub with this stuff and put it in the drier with no heat and tennis balls. After many times through the drier and pulling apart down clumps by hand my beloved quilt is nice and lofty, has zero smell, and has been restored to its original color! I’ve also used the tech wash and waterproofing for DWR for rain jacket and that’s dang near good as new. These products are essential for keeping my gear alive and well for years to come!
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Revived a vintage down sleeping bag! Used it in a commercial washer at the laundromat. Did a beautiful job cleaning my Camp 7 sleeping bag from the 70's! Not only completely clean and smelling fresh - but restored the loft beautifully! Passing it on to my daughter for hopefully more years of use.
Date published: 2017-09-23
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Questions & Answers

I have an REI down bag that was purchased in 1980. The bag still works like new; zippers and all materials! Is this product good to use for the old bag? The label on the bag is so old and worn that I cannot read the washing instructions. Thanks!

Asked by: TroutBum
I used it on a 45 year old sleeping bag with amazing results. I did use a large capacity commercial washer and dryer at the laundromat to give it plenty of room. Beautiful, clean and looks like new!
Answered by: Jan S
Date published: 2018-02-12

I'm planning on washing my -5 degree bag in a medium size(40#) front load commercial machine. Any guidelines on how much of the Nikwax Down Wash soap to use?

Asked by: Dave Bruce
We recommend using approximately 100 ml to wash your sleeping bag. Additionally, full instructions can be found on the bottle.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-10-14

Hi I am concerned about it's water repellent treating properties and possible health effects. Thoughts on this concern?

Asked by: Semi-old guy
We require all our vendors comply with all federal regulations but do not have specific chemical information. We encourage you to contact Nikwax directly.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-05

can you wash a down sleeping bag with this in a regular washing machine.. NOT a front loader?

Asked by: CapeCamping
We recommend using a front loader for your down sleeping bag because the agitator in an older style machine can tear the baffles inside.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-11

Is this good for both synthetic and natural down?

Asked by: horseylady
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