How To Clean A Down Jacket

Our expert guide to cleaning one of your most important pieces of kit, without ruining it

Feature type Video

Read time 1 min

Published Feb 28, 2023

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The down jacket is undeniably one of the most essential bits of kit in your arsenal of adventure-wear. Down insulated outerwear is no longer the sole reserve of high-altitude mountaineers thanks to design and tech developments over the years, and nowadays there’s a down jacket on the market to suit just about every activity.

After a long old winter of wear however, you might be finding your feather-filled best friend is looking (and smelling) a little worse for wear. These puffy purveyors of warmth don’t come cheap, so you want to be sure you get it right when it comes to cleaning. So, how do you wash a down jacket at home without ruining it?

In our latest video, seasoned adventurer Danny Etheridge talks us through his step-by-step method for safely and effectively cleaning a down jacket by hand and at home. You can watch the video below, and head over to the BASE YouTube channel and hit subscribe for more tips and tricks from our team of outdoor and adventure experts.

Spoiler alert: You won’t be needing those tennis balls.

What’s the best down jacket on the market?

BASE Reviews The Best Of Down

ReviewHannah Mitchell • January 19, 2023

Review: Patagonia Women’s NetPlus Down Sweater

A low-impact, high-quality jacket with unbeatable ethical credentials

ReviewScott Jackson • January 12, 2023

Review: Helly Hansen Bouvet Down Parka

Heavyweight parka for extended periods spent in the coldest of conditions

ReviewMatthew Pink • December 14, 2022

Review: Fjällräven Expedition Pack Down Hoodie

Lightweight, hooded down jacket combined with synthetic insulation for added durability

ReviewSam Andrews • December 13, 2022

Review: Arc’teryx Cerium Hoody

The lightweight, packable down jacket from the premium Canadian outdoor label

ReviewAlex Smith • December 07, 2022

Review: Jöttnar Fenrir jacket

Premium lightweight down jacket from the small British brand

ReviewFrancesco Guerra • December 07, 2022

Review: Patagonia NetPlus Down Sweater

A high quality, durable jacket that’s also environmentally friendlier in its composition

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