There’s a serious chill in the air in New York today, which means it’s time to put away our trench coats and start sporting our down jackets. But before you start wearing yours all over town, you’ll want to make sure it’s clean.
As a general rule, you should clean down parkas twice each season. (Any more, and you could cause the feathers to break; any less, and the coat may start to smell.) To get your coat looking fluffy and feeling fresh, throw it in the washing machine on cold with a non-detergent product, like Nikwax Down Wash ($9.70, rei.com). Let the coat tumble-dry on low, until it’s totally dry. You can add three clean tennis balls to redistribute the feathers.
Check out more tips for washing winter gear.