Down Care

How to wash your down jacket at home 


Maintaining the freshness and performance of your down jacket or vest is essential to keep it feeling fresh and performing well. 

We recommend washing it at least once per season, or more frequently if it becomes visibly dirty or if the down fill appears clumpy or compressed. 

For a hassle-free cleaning experience, consider using Rab Wash, our specialized downwash service.  

Alternatively, if you prefer to handle the cleaning yourself... 

Step-by-step guide for cleaning your down jacket or vest 

  1. Prepare your washing machine by ensuring it's clean and free of detergent residue. Close all pockets and zippers. 
  2. Turn your jacket inside out to protect the fasteners and facilitate cleaning of the down. 
  3. Place your jacket in the washing machine, ideally washing one item per load. 
  4. Use a detergent specifically formulated for down, though a standard non-biological soap can suffice. 
  5. Wash your jacket on a long, gentle cycle to effectively clean the outer fabric and down insulation. 
  6. Rinse your jacket thoroughly to remove any lingering detergent. 
  7. Spin your jacket to eliminate excess water. 
  8. Dry your jacket in a tumble dryer on a medium to low heat setting. Depending on size and fill, drying may take 2-4 hours. 
  9. Periodically remove the jacket from the dryer to redistribute the down within the baffles until fully dry. 

For further assistance, don't hesitate to contact our customer support team. 



  • For top-loading washing machines, consider using a mesh bag to protect the jacket. 
  • If a tumble dryer isn't available, air-dry the jacket on a clothesline or drying rack, avoiding direct sunlight to prevent damage to the down. 
  • Extend the lifespan of your down jacket by storing it in a clean, dry environment when not in use.