How to Wash a Down Jacket

How to wash a down jacket

I was getting out my cold weather gear a couple of weeks ago and realized that there was a time when I had no idea how to wash a down jacket. I would actually pay through the nose to get my down jackets cleaned at the dry cleaner and once got a jacket back with a broken zipper! So I thought I’d walk you through the process and show you just how effective home laundering in your washing machine can be for down garments.

Now, in an ideal world I would wash my down jackets before putting them away for the season. But in reality I am always so eager to make space in our tiny coat closet for summer wear that I end up sticking everything in the spare room closet, washed or not. But thanks to that I have a great example to work with.

Dirty down jacket

That’s… pretty dirty

I always wondered why anyone would buy a white down jacket – how impractical, right? But then I saw this one on clearance at Land’s End for less than $30 and decided that even if it lasts me one season it would be worth it. And here we are 3 years later. This is a knee length down jacket that I lovingly call the “giant white caterpillar”. I mostly wear this down jacket on super cold weather dog walks, so it tends to get quite dirty (as you can see).

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Holiday Laundry Gift Ideas!

Laundry gift ideas

Need some laundry gift ideas? This is what happens when you start Christmas shopping early!

I don’t know about you guys, but I am very much in the holiday mood already. I usually start buying stocking stuffers and making lists of gift ideas around October – that way I can avoid the “OMG two weeks left till Christmas and I have no idea what to do!!!” craziness that usually makes for some very pricey and not particularly thoughtful gift choices.

While I was making all these lists I thought that it would be really cool to come up with some laundry gift ideas – these are probably most useful around the holidays, but can really be used year round. Unfortunately nobody in my circle shares my passion for all things laundry, but judging by all the great comments and emails I receive from my readers there are definitely plenty of you out there who could use this!

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Laundry Shopping in Europe

The detergent aisle of Mueller in Zagreb

The detergent aisle of Mueller in Zagreb – such splendor!

My husband and I recently took a much needed vacation to Croatia (words can’t explain how much I love that country!), and as a true laundry nerd I couldn’t resist doing some laundry shopping.

Regular grocery stores and supermarkets in Croatia carry mostly Austrian and Polish versions of laundry detergents, but they also have a chain of stores called Mueller that specializes in German-made products – from detergents to candy to socks. There is a giant 4-story Mueller right in the main square of Zagreb, so I spent quite a bit of time there gawking at cleaning supplies.

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How To Get Rid of Smells in Exercise Clothes

Exercise clothes washing

Our exercise clothes drawer

If you’ve ever exercised in moisture wicking-type synthetic gear, I’m sure you’ve experienced that annoying situation: you put on a clean t-shirt, start your workout and five minutes later your exercise clothes smell as though you never wash them. Just great.

The reason why this happens is the nature of moisture wicking fabrics. There are lots of tiny pores (much smaller than with natural fabrics like cotton or wool) where sweat and odor-causing bacteria get trapped, and throwing your exercise gear in with a regular load just doesn’t get all of it out. The more you exercise, the more bacteria gets trapped, leading to a vicious cycle of either being the smelly person at the gym, or throwing away perfectly good exercise gear on a regular basis.

The good news is that there is a way to get rid of most smells in exercise clothes (and to stop them from reappearing), and with a little bit of time and effort you can save your workout wardrobe!

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Perwoll Black Laundry Detergent Review

Have you ever heard of Perwoll Black laundry detergent? I think there’s a little bit of confusion when it comes to the Perwoll brand. What you normally think of when you hear the name is Perwoll for Wool and Delicates, pictured below in the pink bottle. That detergent does not contain enzymes and is meant for delicates such as wool and silk: enzymes “eat away” at the proteins of wool and silk fabrics, so you should never wash those with a regular enzyme laundry detergent! So the pink Perwoll is pretty much the German sibling of the American Woolite detergent for delicates.

However that is not the only Perwoll laundry product available, their lineup also includes enzyme containing detergents for colors, whites and darks. The latter was very much recommended to me by the owner of our local Miele dealership, so I decided to give it a try.

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Cranraspberry Blog is now Olga’s Laundry Blog!

I’m very excited to say that the move is now official: after lots and lots of tweaking I decided that the new site is as ready as it will ever be, so Cranraspberry Blog has now moved to Olga’s Laundry Blog!

It’s a little sad to leave the old platform, and setting everything up on the new site has been quite a lot of work, but hopefully it will all be worth it. Having a “real” self hosted blog offers so much more in the way of editing everything to my liking. In the meantime, please send in any suggestions you may have on how to make this blog better and easier to read!

In any case I’m really looking forward to this – I will be posting primarily about laundry and eco home products and ideas, as well as about some other things that interest me and I would like to share. When I started my old blog I also wrote quite a bit about beauty, but have moved away from that over the years, so I don’t expect to devote too much tome to that (unless I come across something AMAZING of course).

I also now have a facebook and twitter page that you can follow to keep up with all the latest updates. And you can always reach out via the contact form with any questions, or just leave a comment to any of my posts!

Always yours,
Olga