How to clean a sleeping bag with Nikwax!

Ah, the sleeping bag. Your bed-away-from-home. Your cozy refuge in the wild.

Adventures will inevitably get it a bit dirty, but don’t fear, it’s easy to wash your sleeping bag.

There are two main types of sleeping bags, down-filled and synthetic-filled. Here are some tips and tricks to keeping them both clean and fluffy.

A handy Nikwax cleaner volume guide for your sleeping bag

Down-Filled Sleeping Bags
Cleaning down bags can seem intimidating. But with proper know-how, it’s easy. The first thing to note: use a big, front-loading washing machine, generally found at a launderette. Home washers are too small and don’t allow proper circulation of water through the bag, making for ineffective cleaning. Always use a front-loading washer, as top loaders have an agitator that can tear up down baffles. Gentle is best!

  1. Put bag in washing machine.
  2. Add proper cleaner. Nikwax Down Wash Direct® is formulated for both normal and water-repellent down. It cleans dirt away while maintaining loft and revitalizing water repellency. (Volume Guide: for a 1-2.5lb bag, add 100ml, for a 2.5-4.5lb bag, add 150ml, for a bag 4.5lbs or heavier, use 200ml)
  3. Wash. Throw in an extra spin cycle or two to get excess water out of the bag.
  4. Dry! This is key for down bags. Your bag will emerge from the washer looking like a drowned rat. Run multiple dry cycles on low heat with clean tennis balls, or dryer balls, to fluff the bag back up.

Synthetic-Filled Sleeping Bags
Synthetic-filled bags are a tad less fussy than down bags to clean. You still need a big washer though, so pack up and head to the launderette.

  1. Put bag in washing machine.
  2. Add proper cleaner. Nikwax Tech Wash® is great for synthetic-filled bags. It cleans dirt away while revitalizing water repellency. (Volume Guide: for a 1-2.5lb bag, add 100ml, for a 2.5-4.5lb bag, add 150ml, for a bag 4.5lbs or heavier, use 200ml)
  3. Wash. Throw in an extra spin cycle or two to get excess water out of the bag.
  4. Dry. You can use a dryer on low heat to speed up the process, or hang to dry if you have the space.

There you have it! If you want to go longer in between washes, use a sleeping bag liner. It will help keep body oils (and odours) off your bag and can be washed at home.

Stay toasty and dry!