Down Items

Some manufacturers recommend putting new tennis balls in the dryer to keep the down from clumping. However, the Soap and Detergent Association does not recommend this practice. The neon dye on the tennis ball could transfer to the down-filled item, or the tennis ball might not be able to withstand the heat. To avoid clumping, it is safer to periodically remove the item and shake vigorously. Adding clean, dry towels to the dryer load can also help.

In washing down filled items. wash on the gentle cycle, but when it comes to drying remember that it takes a very long time!  Some manufacturers recommend that down filled items should be dried on low heat all day long. The down needs to dry out well, and when it does *then* the down will be evenly distributed. A commercial dryer like the one we use in our laundromat will work much faster.