Can you put a sleeping bag in the washing machine?

Most sleeping bags can be machine washed, as long as a front-loading washer (or top-loading machine without an agitator) is used. Keep in mind that some home front-loaders tend to be small and energy efficient, and may not give your bag enough room to tumble and clean thoroughly.)

Will washing a sleeping bag ruin it?

Don’t dry clean your sleeping bag.

The harsh chemicals used in the dry cleaning process can damage the materials, especially in down sleeping bags. You risk stripping the down of its loft, which can reduce its insulation.

Do you zip a sleeping bag to wash?

Turn your sleeping bag inside out, zip it up, and load it into the washing machine. Be sure it’s a front load washer or a top load washer WITHOUT an agitator.

How often should sleeping bags be washed?

If you camp a lot in your sleeping bag every year, you may need to clean it more than once a season.

What size washer do you need to wash a sleeping bag?

Machine Washing

For best results we recommend using our 6-load washer for double sleeping bags or our 4-load washer for single sleeping bags. Select the warm or cold-water temp, the blanket setting, use a mild detergent and add a second rinse cycle.

Is it safe to put a sleeping bag in the dryer?

After washing the bag, yes, you could put it through a dryer; most sleeping bags are designed to withstand industrial dryers. Dry in a front load industrial dryer at the Laundromat, since a lot of home dryers are too small for your sleeping bag.

How long do sleeping bags last?

If you maintain it properly and store it correctly when not in use, your sleeping bag should last for at least five years. If it’s made of high-quality materials with strong seams and stitches, then that number can be increased to over ten years. With proper care, top-end sleeping bags can last you up to 15 years.

How do you wash a sleeping bag UK?

Washing Down Sleeping bags

  1. Make sure your washing machine is clean.
  2. Wash on a gentle 30ºC cycle.
  3. Rinse to make sure there is no soap leftover.
  4. Very gently squeeze out any excess water.
  5. Immediately tumble dry in a front-loading dryer.
  6. Every 20-30 minutes, remove it from the dryer.

How do you get the musty smell out of a sleeping bag?


  1. Fill a tub with just enough cool water to submerge the sleeping bag.
  2. Add 2 fl oz of Odor Eliminator to 20 gallons of water. Stir to mix.
  3. Unzip the sleeping bag and submerge in solution saturating inside and out.
  4. Let the bag sit for a couple hours, then follow drying instructions above.

What do you do with a wet down sleeping bag?

Provided your sleeping pad is intact, you can share a sleeping bag with someone else by unzipping it all the way and using it like a quilt. Or you can put all of your clothes on and some of theirs, and roll yourself up in a tent body or tarp to stay warm.

How do you wash a sleeping bag by hand?

Step 5: Spot Cleaning and Hand Washing

If an industrial washing machine isn’t available, you can, in a pinch, hand wash your sleeping bag in a large basin or tub filled with soapy water. Pour a small amount of cleaner into warm water, and use your hands to wash and rinse the bag.

How do you dry a sleeping bag?

Line a large dry bag with a heavy-duty trash bag, then place the sleeping-bag compression sack (along with any other gear that needs to stay dry) inside it. Close the dry bag and tighten the straps, and you’re good to go.

Should you wash sleeping bag before using?

Whether or not you wash your sleeping bag before you use it is really a matter of preference. If you’re the type of person who likes to wash their new clothes before wearing them for the first time, then I say wash it. If you really don’t care one way or the other, then don’t!

Can you wash a sleeping bag at a laundromat?

Sleeping bags are too large and delicate for standard home washing machines so a commercial-sized (laundromat), front-loading, non-agitating washing machine is the best choice. Wash your bag in warm water with a down or synthetic insulation-specific detergent.

Can I wash my Coleman sleeping bag?

Wash it with a mild detergent in cold water. Dry it on the lowest temperature available or just hang it and let it air dry. DO NOT take it to a dry cleaner or try to use a standard washer and dryer at home. You can also hand-wash your sleeping bag in the bathtub in cold water using mild detergent.

Is it warmer to sleep with clothes on or off in a sleeping bag?

Is it warmer to wear clothes in a sleeping bag? Yes, wearing long underwear and clothes keeps you warmer inside a sleeping bag. Your clothes are another layer of insulation that keeps your natural heat close to your boy and prevents it from escaping.

Are old sleeping bags still good?

Sleeping bags do not have an expiration date, but correct care can maintain quality for years. The loft‚ or fluffiness, of a sleeping bag creates warmth by trapping heat between the fibers. The longer the material is compressed, the less it bounces back to its original shape.

Do sleeping bags lose their warmth over time?

THE BOTTOM LINE: Your sleeping bag can lose its heat rating over time. Letting it breathe in storage, and throwing it in a dryer with some tennis balls can help breathe life back into a limp bag. If you’re still cold, it might be time for a new bag.

Can you spin a sleeping bag?

Do not twist or wring the sleeping bag to remove water as this will affect the filling. To dry the sleeping bag, you can put it on a low setting in a tumble dryer if the product instructions allow for it. Alternatively, you can air-dry the bag.

Can you wash sleeping pods?

Machine washing isn’t always an option for sleeping bags, so make sure to check the washing instructions on the tag before throwing your sleeping bag into your machine. If the bag is machine washable, use a gentle cycle, warm water, and the proper cleaning product for your bag.

Can you wash a polyester sleeping bag?

During washing, ensure all zippers and the velcro tab are secured. Use a heavy-duty front loader on a gentle cycle. Set to a warm machine wash (up to 30°C). Add a pure, mild soap, detergent or Granger’s Performance Wash.

Can you wash mold out of a sleeping bag?

Hand-wash it in the sink, rinse it really well and let it air-dry. You might also consider washing your sleeping bag too, especially if the mold spots have been in direct contact with it. But don’t machine wash it or dry clean it — both ways can damage your sleeping bag.

Can you febreeze a sleeping bag?


AIR IT OUT – Make sure you unzip your bag, open it up completely and ensure that it’s 100% dry before storage. You can also spay it with Febreze to reduce bad smells, but make sure to let your bag dry completely before you store it.

Can sleeping bags get mold?

Mold smell in your sleeping bag is the result of mold and mildew spores present on the fabric. If your sleeping bag has gotten wet and not dried thoroughly, the tiny fungus grows quickly, leaving an unpleasant smell. The size and weight of sleeping bags make it difficult for them to be machine-washed.