How to Wash a Puffer Jacket (Without Ruining It!)

This How to Wash a Puffer Jacket Guide is NOT sponsored and was written based on my honest experience as a busy mom working on her fitness!

I absolutely LOVE wearing down jackets in the fall and winter!

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And if I can be completely honest with you, my puffer jackets are a part of the reason I love the colder seasons so much.

Because when you look good and feel comfortable, the weather can’t stop you – no matter how chilly it might get!

That said, washing your Canada Goose, Lululemon, Pantagonia, or Aritzia puffer jacket can be a bit intimidating the first time you do it.

Trust me, I’ve been there!

When you spend that kind of money on a quality jacket, the last thing you want to do is ruin it.

This guide was written based on my experience washing down jackets for my entire family over the past few years.

Keep reading to learn:

  • can you wash a puffer jacket at home
  • can puffer jackets go in the washing machine
  • how do you wash a puffer jacket without ruining it
  • can you puff up a pusher jacket after washing it
  • the best way to remove stains from a puffer jacket
  • how to wash a puffer jacket with tennis balls

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How to Wash a Puffer Jacket (Without Ruining It!)

You don’t need to wash your puffer jackets too often (unless you’re prone to stains) but it’s a good habit to get into between seasons.

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Can you wash a puffer jacket at home?

Yes, you can wash most down jackets – including Canada Goose – at home!

Check the instructions on the tag of your jacket or contact the manufacturer if you can’t find details on the product you own.

Related: How to Wash Lululemon Leggings (And Prevent Pilling!)

Can puffer jackets go in the washing machine?

Yes, down jackets can get washed in your washing machine!

That said, I would only advise using a front-loading washing machine.

You do NOT want an agitator making contact with your puffer jacket!

It can get caught and rip the material – I learned this the hard way when I tried to wash a king-sized duvet in a top-loading washing machine.

NEVER again!

How do you wash a puffer jacket without ruining it?

Here’s exactly how I wash our Canada Goose, Lululemon, and Aritzia jackets:

  1. Turn your jacket inside out and close the zipper
  2. Use a gentle detergent like ECOS to wash your jacket
  3. Choose the Delicates setting on a front loading washing machine and change the water temperature to cold (if it’s not already selected by default)
  4. Transfer your jacket from your washing machine to your dryer as soon as you can – the quicker you move it, the better (leaving it damp for too long can cause an icky smell, similar to one you may recognize from leaving a duvet wet for too long)
  5. Add three wool dryer balls like these ones and your jacket to your dryer*
  6. Dry on a medium heat setting and choose the extra dry option if you have one
  7. Repeat as many times as you need to in order to make sure your jacket is completely dry

I’ve used plastic dryer balls in the past but found that after time, they pick up color from other items and can damage your clothes!

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Heat plus color transfer is NOT a good combination.

We’ve had our set of wool dryer balls for years and have never experienced that with them.

If you’re going to use tennis balls, I’d also advise choosing white ones rather than risking it with bright yellow or pink tennis balls.

Picking up a couple of dryer balls is way cheaper than buying a new down jacket!

More Fashion Ideas:

Can you puff up a puffer jacket after washing it?

Yes, transferring your jacket from the washing machine to the dryer and using dryer balls as described above will have your puffer jacket looking like it’s new after washing!

Be sure to dry it again and again if need be (some smart dryers will turn themselves off after they detect a change in weight between your wet clothes to their dry state).

Leaving an area wet will result in a yucky crunchiness and cause an awful smell to your jacket.

Do it right the first time so you won’t have to do it again later!

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What’s the best way to remove stains from a puffer jacket?

Pretreating your jacket with the same detergent you use to wash it is the best way to remove stains.

I don’t use traditional stain removers on my down jackets!

To pretreat with laundry detergent:

  1. add a bit of liquid detergent to a small wet towel
  2. rub the stained areas in a circular motion to treat it – some staining may even come off right away
  3. let the jacket sit with detergent on the stained areas for between 10 to 15 minutes before washing it in your machine

How to wash a puffer jacket by hand

If dry cleaning or machine washing is not an option for you, you can always wash it by hand!

To do this you’ll want to either use a laundry sink or a clean bathtub to wash your jacket:

  1. fill up your sink or tub with lukewarm water
  2. add your detergent
  3. add jacket and make sure to completely submerge all parts under the water
  4. use a small face towel to clean any stained areas of concern
  5. remove your jacket from the water and rinse with your sink tap or shower hose
  6. if you have a front loading washing machine available, I’d also suggest tossing it in on the spin cycle to really make sure you get all of the soap out
  7. place your jacket into the dryer, add three dryer balls, and use a medium heat setting to dry your jacket
  8. repeat several times if need be to make sure it is COMPLETELY dry

Final Thoughts: How to Wash a Puffer Jacket

Washing your favorite fall and winter jackets can be intimidating the first time you do it but once you’ve had success, maintaining them is that much easier!

If you like spending time outdoors, they can definitely get dirty pretty quickly but good upkeep will help your outerwear last for years.

What type of puffer jacket are you cleaning? Did you try the machine or hand washing method above? Let me know how it went in the comments below 🙂

Happy washing, friend!


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