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Old 09-14-2008, 09:47 PM   #21
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I wash both of mine (synthetic and down) at least once a year (usually at the beginning of the season)... sometimes twice if I'm lucky enough to get that many trips in.

The main thing is that it needs to be washed in a FRONT LOAD washer, as the agitation and spin cycle of your standard top-loader can damage the bag.
and only use about half (or less) of the detergent that you normally would.
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:01 PM   #22
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I'm interested to know whether UV will damage a synthetic sleeping bag with a nylon outer. I recently bought a used Military Modular Sleep System bag. It's very warm and compresses nicely, but even after a washing, It still smells like a sweaty guy ate cheeto's in it.

I would like to try leaving it hanging out in the sun if this is advisable.
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:22 AM   #23
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MaximusFunk24, my semi-experienced, semi-knowledgeable hunch would be that UV rays would not damage your bag unless left out for a significant period of time (multiple days).

I try like hell not to get my sleeping bags soiled or funky in any way (go to sleep as clean as possible, wearing clean long underwear) and store them in the large cotton bag they usually come in (not the stuff sack). I've had no problems and can't recall ever washing a sleeping bag. Then again, I don't use them often enough.
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Old 08-24-2013, 05:06 PM   #24
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+1 on the front-loading washing machines. They've made it far, far easier to keep my sleeping bags clean.
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