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Cleaning sleeping bags

Weldabeast

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I was at goodwill the other day and found a slumberjack, made in USA, duck canvas sleeping bag for 6 bucks. The previous owner used it as a dog bed as far as I can tell with the amount of hair and the smell. My other sleeping bags are military surplus down bags. I've always just filled the tub and hand washed and hung to dry. That seems to work ok but I'm thinking there is a better way. Anybody have any diy tricks for getting their sleeping bags clean and scent free? Baking soaps and whatever detergent we currently have in the laundry room is what I've been using
 

Vtbow

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Nikwax techwash. Is it down or synthetic? They have a down wash whichnis excellent as well.
 

Jtaylor

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I was at goodwill the other day and found a slumberjack, made in USA, duck canvas sleeping bag for 6 bucks. The previous owner used it as a dog bed as far as I can tell with the amount of hair and the smell. My other sleeping bags are military surplus down bags. I've always just filled the tub and hand washed and hung to dry. That seems to work ok but I'm thinking there is a better way. Anybody have any diy tricks for getting their sleeping bags clean and scent free? Baking soaps and whatever detergent we currently have in the laundry room is what I've been using
Good find! Those are warm and heavy duty. I used to use mine as a bivvy with my other bag underneath during Colorado elk season where it was really cold. Looks like you're doing the right thing washing it. I rarely wash mine but when I do, I hang it out on the line to dry. I think the good 'ol outdoors does wonders on smells if left out there long enough. Maybe some homemade scent killer after a couple washes and hang it out on the line?
 
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