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How to Get a Funny Smell Out of Your Down Jacket

author image Kimbry Parker
Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.
How to Get a Funny Smell Out of Your Down Jacket
Get your down jacket smelling fresh again. Photo Credit: Catalin` Grigoriu/iStock/Getty Images

Down is soft, fluffy material made from duck or goose feathers. It’s commonly used in jackets because of its ability to maintain heat and keep the body warm. If you notice your down jacket smells funny, it may be that the down got wet and has created a musty smell. You can wash your down coat at home if you have a front-loader washing machine. If you do not, take it to a professional cleaner or use the dryer to freshen it up and remove the smell.

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Step 1

Place the down jacket in the washing machine, as long as it is a front-loader style. Top loaders have agitators that can destroy the down.

Step 2

Set the machine to the gentle cycle and use warm water. Add a mild enzyme-free detergent to the machine. Use the appropriate amount of detergent as indicated on the detergent label. Run the jacket through a complete wash cycle.

Step 3

Place the jacket in the dryer with a dryer sheet. Put a couple of towels in the dryer with the jacket, as well as two tennis balls. The towels help to absorb moisture, and the tennis balls keep the down from becoming matted during the drying process.

Step 4

Dry the jacket on low-heat. Run the jacket through at least two complete dry cycles. Down may take several hours to completely dry.

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