Washing down jackets: the best tips

Winter is coming. With the lower temperatures, the popular down jacket is used again. It's super warm, but also very sensitive. bluu tells you how to wash your down jacket.

The filling of the down jacket consists of duck or goose down. Due to the processing, the down jacket is of very high quality, which can be seen, among other things, in its voluminous fill power. It is also particularly breathable, very heat-insulating and light - the perfect companion through the winter!

But it is also very sensitive and needs the right care to keep it beautiful for a long time.

We'll tell you what to look out for when washing your down jacket.

  • At least six kilo capacity of the washing machine
  • Solo wash
  • close the zip
  • Detergents without proteases, for example bluu
  • No fabric softener
  • 30 degrees, maximum 400 revolutions

Wash only when really necessary

As with any other piece of clothing, the same applies to a down jacket: the more often you wash it, the faster it wears out.

  • Only put your down jacket in the washing machine if you really have to.
  • You can wipe away light stains and dirt with a damp cloth or sponge.
  • If the jacket smells a bit, hang it out on a hanger overnight (if it's damp outside, it's better to hang it up inside!).

If washing is unavoidable, there are a few things to consider to keep the down jacket looking new.

The right washing machine size

Sounds strange at first, but it is actually very important. Make sure your washing machine has a capacity of at least six liters . The jacket needs space in the drum, the down doesn't like to be "crammed together".

wash solo

Wash your down jacket alone, i.e. without other items of clothing. As I said: You need space!

close zippers

Close the zip so it doesn't get caught anywhere. Also make sure that your jacket has no tears or holes , so that no down spreads in the washing machine.

The right detergent

Most detergents contain proteases. They are great for removing stains, but they break down protein proteins. Since down consists of keratin and therefore also of protein, the wrong detergent can damage the down.

Don't worry: bluu is free of proteases! Already tried it? Our bluu washing strips are ideal as a down jacket detergent.

Without fabric softener

Never use fabric softener in the wash cycle. It can stick together the down, resulting in lumps and reduced quality.

The washing program

The delicate or wool wash program is recommended. That means washing at 30 degrees and spinning as little as possible, at most 400 revolutions.

The down jacket is washed, now it's time to dry.

  • Don't hang up
  • Tumble dry
  • Add tennis balls
  • Maximum 40 degrees, maximum one hour

After carefully removing the jacket from the machine, you will find that it is heavier than before. The down is naturally wet.

Under no circumstances should you hang the jacket up to dry. The down slides down and can therefore not be distributed in the jacket.

In fact, it is advisable to put the down jacket in the dryer. This is the fastest way to dry it. Throw in a tennis ball or two : they ensure that the jacket is fluffed up and the down is puffed up nicely and voluminously again.

You should set the dryer to a maximum of 40 degrees and let it run for a maximum of one hour . Ideally, after 30 minutes, take the jacket out and shake it out before putting it back in the dryer.

Don't have a dryer?

Then Plan B comes into play: You really shouldn't hang up the jacket. Instead, place them on the heater or horizontally on a drying rack. You have to do the work of the dryer and tennis ball movements yourself and shake out the jacket regularly. In this way you ensure an optimal distribution of the down.

It would probably be easiest if you invited yourself to a dryer owner: Just bring cake as a thank you!

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