How To Wash A Sleeping Bag

How to wash a sleeping bag is an important question. It is especially so for people who own one of these comfortable bags. This bag allows you to easily get a good night’s sleep on a cold night.

The most important element to cleaning your sleeping bag is its fabric. A cotton canvas is the best choice for your sleeping bag. It’s breathable, lightweight and extremely durable.

There is no metal mesh in a cotton canvas bag. It leaves no chance for bacteria to build up in your bag.

So how do you wash a sleeping bag?

If you are asking yourself, how to clean a sleeping bag, then you have come to the right place. It is useful to know what the procedure entails. It is not as easy as simply tossing it into the washing machine on your way to camp or your sleep out.

It can be quite overwhelming to wash a sleeping bag at home, be is the baby sleeping bag or a full size sleeping bag. This is so especially if you have never done it before.

We will try and explain some of the things that will happen once you have started the process.

The first step to take when learning how to wash a sleeping bag is to remove all the insulation.

Use a brush or a knife to loosen any dirt or crumbs that remain. You can get a sleeping bag with a zipper or drawstring at the top.  This is what you will use to take off the insulation. Be careful not to damage the zippers or drawstrings. They will be quite sensitive and may tear the insulation before you get them out.

Are you learning how to wash a down sleeping bag? You will find that there are two ways you can go about cleaning.

The first is with a washing machine, and the second is by hand. They are the only two options that you have for cleaning your down sleeping bags. There is also a possibility that the bag maker will come with an attachment for washing in a machine. However, the chances are slim.

Washing by hand is how most people learn how to wash a sleeping bag. It is how most of us were taught how to do it as well. This is the cheapest option. However, it can also be the most frustrating- since you are always guessing if you are doing it correctly.

If you use a machine, you can be sure that all the insulation will come out. However, it can take some time and a lot of effort. You also need to be careful not to put too much water in the bag. It can cause the down to turn into a mush.

When learning how to wash a sleeping bag with a washing machine, you will start with the bottom. Start at the top, working your way down. Use a damp washcloth and work the down into the insulation to remove as much of the dirt as possible.

Be careful when removing the dirt because you don’t want to catch any of it while using the washing machine later.

How to dry the sleeping bag

Now that the bag is as clean as possible, you can proceed to the next step. Place it inside the home dryer for drying. Use the low setting to dry the bag completely.  Use the air-dry setting if needed. Let the bag dry completely before putting it inside the bag again.

Once the bag has dried completely, you can put it back into the bag and put it into the sleeping bag liner. Some brands require you to completely deflate the bag in order to put it inside the sleeping bag liner.

You may have to test this to make sure that it fits inside before purchasing the sleeping bag again. 

Do you wash sleeping bags inside out?

How often do you ever wash sleeping bags inside out? They will not stand up to the test of time if they aren’t cleaned properly. Here’s how to wash sleeping bags inside out.

It’s simple, you just use your hands to gently lift the fabric away from the inside of the bag. Start at the top and work your way down. If the fabric is particularly dirty, take a damp cloth and gently wipe away the dirt.

If the bag has had some time to air out, you will find that the dirt has mostly dried up. Use a slightly dampened cloth to wipe away any remaining dust or dirt.

When you’re done, inspect the inside of your sleeping bags. If you see any signs of mold or mildew, lightly vacuum the area using a soft cloth to remove the dirt.

If the fabric is particularly dirty, take a damp cloth and gently wipe away the dirt. If the bag has had time to air out, you will find that the dirt has mostly dried up.

How do you clean the inside of a bag completely? To get the most out of your bag, you will want to vacuum it completely. To do this, you will need to turn on your hand vacuum and attach the handle to a powered rotating head.

When you turn the handle, the bag will rotate and pick up the dust and dirt in the air. Remove the bag from the vacuum and thoroughly vacuum the inside of the bag. Making sure to remove all the dust and soil as you go.

If the bag completely clean, turn it inside out and begin to check for any remaining dust or dirt. You are looking for anything that could be potentially harmful. Make sure the bag is completely clean.

Run a bright light over it and make sure there is no dirt, dust or debris on the bag. If so, simply replace the bag and let it dry for a few minutes, then place it back where you removed it.

Never ever wash the bag in hot water, as this can cause the bag to shrink. Always use cold water.

Avoid ever laying the bag on a towel holder as the bag will retain the sweat for days. Once the bag is dry, hang to dry.

If your cotton canvas bag gets very dirty, it might be necessary to hand wash the bag in a washing machine. Be sure to use the gentle cycle with a cold-water wash cycle.