How to Wash a Down Jacket at Home.

Can you wash your Canada Goose or other expensive down coat?  That was the question I had after years of paying for a dry cleaner to do it.  So I chucked it in my washing machine and I can tell you yes.  Yes you can wash a down jacket at home.  Read on.

Red Canada Goose Resolute parka with fur trimmed hood.

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One of my earliest memories, although I have no idea how old I was, is of me standing in the front hall of the house I grew up in getting bundled up to go outside on a cold winter day.

Standing there in my coat, boots, snow pants, mittens, and hat, so protected against the weather I was more like a stuffed animal than a human.  Arms and legs locked into place by stuffed mounds of nylon, dacron and scratchy wool.  The final step before going out into the kind of cold that makes your nostril hairs freeze in place, was the doing up of the coat.

This step normally went well, but if Betty was in a hurry to get me out of the house she’d grab onto the zipper and tug it up fast and hard.  If I looked down at the wrong moment the zipper teeth would chew into my chin leaving me screaming and my chin scarred.

That chin scar was how you could tell the kids of all the mothers on the street that had a job, soap opera or drink to get back to.  Those kids had the tribal scarring of a tiny red welt on their chin all winter long.

As a kid, my coats were never down filled.  They had some kind of revolutionary 70’s era pillow filling in them that mainly kept you from getting wet as opposed to cold.

Now my two main winter coats are down filled.  The first one, is a white, down filled inexpensive coat known as The Upper East Side coat in New York.  Because …. everyone on the Upper East Side owns one. I got mine on Amazon and you can too.  They aren’t as cheap as they were a few years ago but if you buy the coat in the *summer* the price on it is always lower than it is in the winter. 

The second one is a Canada Goose “Resolute”.  This Canada Goose has been my go to Canadian winter coat for the past 13 years.  The Canada Goose coats are the warmest coats known to mankind.  They were “the” coat to own if you worked in television and shot outside.

The only problem is … you have to dry clean it.

I have a thing about dry cleaning.  I hate it.  It isn’t the price, it’s the pain.

I realize it doesn’t take that much time and it’s really no harder than filling up your car with gas, but I hate that too, so I guess it all makes sense.

Can you wash a down jacket in the washing machine?


I’d been washing a different down coat in my washing machine and dryer for years.  It was a white coat that got filthy after about 5 wears. And THAT down coat said you could machine wash it, so I did and it always came out perfectly.

For some reason, the Canada Goose coat says dry clean only.  So for 10 years I watched my beautiful red Canada Goose coat get dirtier and grungier and filthier.  I dry cleaned it a few times but figured there had to be an alternative.  I looked online to see if anyone had washed their coat in their home washing machine but couldn’t find anyone who had.

I guess the $1,300 price tag on the coat  is enough to stop anyone from taking the risk.

Until now.

Unable to stop myself any longer, and unable to wear the coat because of the bizarre black/grey/red colour it had become, over the Christmas holidays I said a little prayer, removed the fur collar (it just unzips), and stuffed my $800 when I bought it, currently $1,600 Canada Goose coat into my washing machine.

This is how it turned out.


A red Canada Goose down coat on a gold mannequin with the fur trimmed hood up,


How to wash a down jacket at home.

Wash & dry a down jacket.

Wash & dry a down jacket.

Active Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours
Difficulty: Easy(ish)
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How to wash a down jacket at home in your own washing machine.


  • Down coat
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Gentle washing powder


  1. If your coat has a removable fur collar, remove it.
  2. Apply stain remover like Resolve to any terrifying stains.
  3. Wash in the washing machine on warm with the bulky items setting if you have one.
  4. Repeat stain removal and washing if needed but remember the more times you wash the greater chance your coat colour will fade. Just like jeans.
  5. Dry in the dryer until the coat is completely dry and puffed up. This could take up to 7 hours for a large coat.


* If you wash your Canada Goose coat in your washing machine you void the warranty.

*This Resolve product in particular is fantastic.

* If you can feel any down that's squished down and not fluffed up after drying, shake the area of the coat a bit to loosen the wet down and put it back in the dryer.

* Make sure the coat is COMPLETELY dry or you'll end up with stinky damp down.

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My Canada Goose coat washed perfectly in the washing machine.  Perfectly.

Here however, are my disclaimers.

1.  If you wash your Canada Goose coat in your washing machine you void the warranty.

2.  If you let your coat get as dirty as mine was it might take several washes as well as working in a bit of stain remover. (I had to wash my coat a total of 4 times, using various stain removers in between to get it clean. I started off with the “delicate/hand wash” cold cycle to be safe then gave up and went full force with a regular wash with warm water.)

3.  To dry it, you need to add a few tennis balls or dryer balls into your dryer to help smash the down and let it fluff up. Do NOT try to air dry a down coat. It needs to go in the dryer.

4.  It will take around 7 hours to fully dry.  That’s your dryer running for 7 hours straight.  Just so you know.

5.  I’m not responsible if your Canada Goose coat happens to fall apart if you wash it and you’re forced to wear leg warmers, a snood and oatmeal mittens to keep warm.  Not. Responsible.


Having said that, I can tell you I will never dry clean my Canada Goose coat again.  I’ll be washing it  in my own washing machine at the end of every season while I fondly finger the tiny scar in the middle of my chin.


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How to Wash a Down Jacket at Home.


  1. Dea says:

    I wish I had washed a “dry-clean-only” duvet. The cleaners didn’t dry-clean it. They laundered it — in HOT water! It did fine. Except. It shrank from a Queen size to an oversized twin. It’s even too small for a Full size bed. If I’d washed it myself, it would have been in cold water, and I could still use it on my bed. I should have listened to my mother — she said, “If it’s something that people wore or had before about 1880, they washed it. You can too. Dry cleaning didn’t come along for everyone till after that.” You can even wash wool fabric if you do it by hand in cold water and use a very mild soap such as Ivory liquid. About the only thing you really can’t always wash successfully is rayon and some treated silks. Silk is washable — how do you think those ancient Chinese kept their clothes clean? You just have to iron it while it’s still wet, with a not-too-hot iron. I can actually remember my grandmother (back in the 50’s) washing her featherbed. She used a big soapstone tub and a stick to get the darned thing clean. Like most everyone else, I hate dry cleaners. Since they all went to franchises and/or big chains, and the little mom-and-pop cleaners went out of business, stuff comes back still dirty and smelling of naphtha. Ugh!

    • chris says:

      After reading about this I decided to take a chance on one of my pieces to test.
      So I came home took the CG vest put it in the washer and hoped for the best.
      At first I was worried when it came out from the washer feathers were not in place and was flat.
      20mins in the dryer and I was so happy it all went back in place put it for another 20mins. came out wonderful.
      Next is my parker.
      Thanks to you all.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I have an Eddie Bauer arctic-rated down coat ( half the price as yours and warmer than warm) that I have always washed, along with anything else down, including my duvets. Adding a towel absorbs the moisture in the dryer. I never dry clean anything. Dry cleaning chemicals are bad stuff.

    • Karen says:

      Yes, I’ve washed all my duvets, pillows and other down coats as well, but not the Canada Goose. It was a much greater investment than the other things and therefore much scarier to do. And I had read over and over and over again on the Internet NOT to wash it at home. Though no reason was ever given. Like I said, my white down coat made of similar materials even says you can machine wash it. Clearly it all worked out, it just took few years of walking around in a filthy coat to get me to do it. ;) ~ karen

  3. RosieW says:

    May have missed, but saw no mention of treating with stain repellant. The one I use now is – (The following from the front label): “Force Field Upholstery, Rug and Fabric Protector Repels Stains, Spills & Water/ Creates an Invisible Barrier.”

    This stuff works! I used it after having sofa reupholstered 9 years ago. Sofa is off white. There are no stains. I’ve used it on new wool rugs. I spray it on my hats and caps. 22 oz. container . Contents will cover +/- 125 sq. ft. (Roughly one full size sofa or one 6×9 rug.)

    Just found a link to the first product of this type I had, couldn’t recall the name, which is Vectra.

    I’d love to think I’m helping a bunch of y’all. Eons ago Scotch brand was the only thing I knew about and certainly didn’t hold up for me.

    CAUTION: Read the label precautions about where and how to spray. Not inside. I usually do it in my garage to avoid drifting.

    I’m done, finally.

    Rosie, Sugar Hill, Georgia

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Rosie! I wouldn’t have even though of using a stain protector. I think for now all my bravery on this coat is used up, but maybe in a year or two I’ll consider it. ;) ~ karen!

  4. Natika says:

    The Canadian Goose jackets are catching on in northern Japan too. I went skiing in Yamagata over the winter break and spent a few hours in Sendai on the way home. They were everywhere!

    There’s also a girl I see every morning during my commute sporting one (hardly necessary in my area) and I just found one in a used store on the weekend (used yet still going for over $400!!!!)

    I’m afraid I’d have to dry clean one here if I had one though – no dryers in most Japanese homes and I’m not prepared to spend 7 hours at a laundry mat!

    Got any tips for making wool coats black again? Japanese coats suck, but my Canadian one is looking a bit sad…

    • LISA says:

      Pumice stone is what I use to remove fuzz and make wool coats look good when they are covered in lint. I recently took a very long time to de-fuzz a much loved double breasted pea coat. Very glad I did, it looks great and did not have to dry clean at all.

  5. Christin K says:

    Just look carefully for any small tears or worn spots in the fabric. I washed some down pillows this summer and one of the cases tore – I had feathers everywhere. It looked like a goose exploded in my washer. Took me forever to wipe them all out. Of course the laughing slowed me down some…

  6. jainegayer says:

    I always wash my down barn jacket in the washer. It says dry clean only. I throw my sneakers (they were washed too) in there to fluff the feathers. I even wash my cashmere sweaters in the washer with cold water then air dry them. I feel like such a rebel when I disobey the dry clean only labels.

  7. Carole says:

    I have always washed my CG coat, duvets, pillows etc. and there has never been a problem. I add large bath towels to the dryer cycle to absorb moisture and therefore items do not take as long to dry.

  8. auntiepatch says:

    I grew up in So. Calif. but we did live in Boston and Western Ill. for a few years. Burrr. Back in So. Calif. now where it’s in the 70 & 80’s this month!

  9. Cynthia says:

    Apart from the cost and effort involved in dry cleaning, there is the potential health problem of all of those vapours from the dry cleaning fluid (which is something like embalming fluid) being breathed in.

    I read years ago that foam rubber mattresses let off a vapour that is full of toxic elements when they are new. The author suggested to never sleep on a new foam rubber mattress or pillow until it had been put out in the sun for 24 hours.

    I think it’s time dry cleaning was boycotted. Imagine the health risks of the people who work there?”

    The coat is very cute.

    I’ll get myself some tennis balls today and make sure the dryer stays on longer. I have two feather cushions n my couch and they smell like wet dog, even though I dried them for an hour and a half. Any level of moisture must set up a gamey smell in the feather shaft.

    • Sandy Huges says:

      I can only comment on the new dry cleaning solvent and can assure you it is nothing like “embalming fluid”. However did you know that wrinkle free shirt, pants and sheets are indeed soaked in embalming fluid that stay with the garment even after washing, unlike the dry cleaning solvent. I use the dry cleaner on a regular basis its really not much of an effort.
      I have had my Canada Goose coat dry cleaned every year for the past 5 years and it is as good as new and my warranty isn’t void and there is no mold or mildew growing on the inside as it was properly cared for. Down must be dried in the drier low and slow.

  10. Grammy says:

    20 years ago when my daughter was getting married I got a book that had handy tips for a great wedding without busting the bank. One of the things was about preserving the wedding gown after the nuptials. It told horror stories of many companies who claimed to preserve the gown charging many hundreds of dollars and just tossing it uncleaned in a box, sealing the box up, saying it would void the warranty if the box was opened, then going out of business before the bride had a daughter who wanted to wear it. Everything ruined.

    So, this tip was to just wash the gown in the washing machine and dry flat. The book said go in the back room of any bridal shop and you’ll see a big-ass washing machine. What do you think they use it for? People trying on bridal and bridesmaid gowns require that the gowns be cleaned before someone else wants them. Duh.

    I didn’t check out the back of bridal shops, but since the 30,000 seed pearls (not real pearls) would have been ruined with dry-cleaning chemicals, and the gown was satin and lace (both synthetic), I decided to try handwashing. It took a couple of days of delicately swishing and then rinsing rinsing rinsing in the large bathtub, and several more days drying on huge thick towels laid out on the floor, but it worked. Even a small red-wine stain and whatever black stuff that was smeared at the hem after a lot of dancing and partying in it came out. It cost some bucks for the acid-free tissue and bags and box to store it in, but otherwise it was free and the gown is in beautiful shape. No reason to think a jacket made for outdoor wear shouldn’t hold up to washing.

    I don’t live where it’s cold enough for down, but it seems obvious it needs balls in the dryer for fluffing. I’d take Karen’s word for that, in addition to how long to leave it in the dryer. I never thought of tennis balls, but that’s kind of a cool thing, I think. I use felted wool dryer balls I got from a sheep farm in Wyoming and I can attest to them cutting down on drying time for regular laundry, in addition to eliminating static and making everything come out unwrinkled. They might not be heavy enough for fluffing down in a heavy jacket, but I don’t know that for sure.

  11. Amy in StL says:

    I always wash my down coats but when it came to washing my dad’s Korean War era sleeping bag (that had huge rips that had been patched) I was terrified. I decided it had to be done and bit the bullet. It washed and dried fine and is so much more pleasant to sleep in. I also bought an old down coat at goodwill and used down from the sleeves to refill some areas that seemed to have lost down over the years. (The body part of the coat became a vest)

  12. leslie says:

    I apologize for getting off the topic but you brought up an excellent point about putting gas in the car in the winter. I swear gas stations are surrounded by air that is about 15 degrees colder than , say, across the street (unless across the street is another gas station). Someone might be missing a great money-making opportunity by contracting with people to come to their houses in the late evening or early morning and fill their gas tank for about 4-5 months during the winter so they never have to go to a gas station ALL winter long. Of course who’s crazy enough to do that?

  13. Connie S. says:

    I have a Land’s End Down jacket in Pink. Deliberately bought that colour thinking it wouldn’t show the dirt so easily. Heck – it gets so dirty especially around the wrist cuffs that i’m washing it every few weeks! It too said dry clean only but i hate the cost and the smell of the dry cleaning fluids too . So i said a little prayer, crossed my fingers and threw it in the machine one day (gentle cycle) – it survived beautifully! And definitely looked alot better clean. But it is very Important to dry thoroughly so it doesn’t go mouldy . Makes sense when you think of it – ducks and geese spend most of their time in the water getting wet, then preening and “fluffing”. A little more water isn’t going to hurt it.

  14. Debbie says:

    I don’t have time to read all of the comments as it is that kind of day. However, you know what a snood is!!!! Very few people I know are familiar with the word snood. I feel so connected to you. I have been washing down coats for years, no matter what the label says. However, I could never put as much fun into the telling about it as you. Thanks for today’s smile. Now it is back to work for me.

  15. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    I just adopted your bath towel theory (buying black) and only buy black winter coats…so I never have to wash it!! j/k but still….

  16. Jane says:

    My mother had killer nails and her thumb got to my chin before the zipper….

  17. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Love that red parka!

  18. Sabrina says:

    Congrats on your beautiful clean coat! I’ve not yet had to wash one (living in El Paso, Texas) but I have always washed our down duvets and throws. I’m always paranoid of moldy feathers, so I dry – on low for a 5-6 cycles. I don’t go any higher because I am afraid to burn the tender down. That’s probably not even a thing, but I feel like slow and low is better. I believe, too, that the tennis balls help to fluff and massage the clumps apart during drying to break up the globs and mats of wet feathers, as opposed to pulling the stuff out of the dryer and doing it manually every cycle or so. I have not yet gotten around to buying any tennis balls yet, so my dryer looks like a mini rave or disco. I collect all my son’s bouncy balls, hackey sacks, – anything small with a little heft – and toss them in. That includes the ones with the flashing lights :) I don’t mind the noise either. When I no longer hear it, I know its time to turn it back on.

  19. Trish says:

    Did you know that a lot of fur on hoods is wolverine fur because it will not freeze from your breath!! Just your trivia tidbit for the day.

  20. Mel says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one with a scar. Mine is on my neck right in the sweet spot of my collarbone. I have gotten asked multiple times if it is a hickey and I must have had fun last night… um nope, 1. what a weird spot for a hickey. And 2. really a hickey? Scarred for life. Literally and figuratively. I am so so so careful zipping up my son’s coat so that he doesn’t suffer the same fate.

  21. Darla says:

    The weight of the tennis balls is what fluffs it. Wool balls may help it dry faster, but won’t help fulff

  22. Liz says:

    aaaaaaahhh!! the zipper chin. Hurts so bad. I have to say that maybe worse yet is accidentally doing the zipper chin to a child! It’s possibly the worst feeling in the world…next to accidentally clipping some of their neck skin into a helmut clip :(

  23. magali says:

    My coat is so filthy too and I also have been scared to put it in the washing machine. My mom put her white one in and it turned out great except for one big problem. She has the bomber model and the fur doesn’t unzip so it came out with all this fur missing. I hot glued the tuffs she was able to save for her and it’s ok looking for now. She ordered a coyote fur online and will make her own detachable collar. So ya, very important step to remove the collar!
    I feel more brave now that I know two people who have done it!

  24. Jennifer Ramirez says:

    Wow, the zipper scar! That brought me back to my 8 year old self. My mom had 4 daughters and a job and we all had that little “hickey” either on our chin or neck (ouch) throughout the bitterly cold winters in Upstate NY. When I was about 14 I begged my mom for a peacoat. It was a beautiful baby pink, wool and it buttoned up, no zipper here! I washed AND dried it once! Who knew you couldn’t throw wool in the laundry? (not 14 year old me, thats who). I never wore my beloved peacoat again. My mother made me give it to my much younger and much smaller sister. I begrudgingly handed it over, but I secretly planned her demise every.single.time she put it on.

  25. Jay says:

    Coincidentally, I washed my daughter’s down duvet last night. I wash all the duvets every spring plus “as needed” washes as a result of peeing/vomitting/milk-spilling/other accidents thanks to a house filled with kids and pets. (Last night was a cat’s fault)
    Over the years it does lose some feathers but mostly the duvet lasts pretty well despite Dry Clean Only instructions

  26. Luanne says:

    Same re: thinking that going to the dry cleaner place is just entirely too much effort. I don’t know how babysitting a dryer for 7 hours seems like less effort…. but it does.

  27. Rondina says:

    I put down pillows and comforters in the washer and dryer all the time. They turn out fine, but I want to know more about this tennis ball thing. That’s a new one for me.

  28. Mary Werner says:

    I washed my daughters down filled comforter and obviously didn’t let it dry enough to fluff. It seemed dry BUT she saw it and through it out saying I ruined it. Boy, have I felt bad for years but knowing it wasn’t fluffed properly in the drier has taken away that guilt – however, plenty more remains since I am a Mom. I had previously washed down filled small things that dried fine and now I’m off to tell my daughter – which is the best part of your post today.

  29. Teddee Grace says:

    I washed a down comforter recently and put it in the bathtub after it was washed, rolled it and squeezed as much water out of it as I could, then let it hang above the tub all night and the next day before drying it. I think that cut the drying time in half.

  30. Valerie says:

    Money saving post Karen.
    All of the above applies to goose down duvets. I did not like the odour of dry cleaning fluid that seemed to remain whenever I had them done at the cleaners.
    Re: the tennis or dryer balls: I have read that crumbled balls of foil wrap will work in the dryer as well. I have not tried them but they would be quieter.
    Reminder: in the winter, never place your tongue on a frozen zipper.

    • Kim from Milwaukee says:

      I believe the foil balls are for static….I’ve used washed tennis shoes instead of tennis balls, they work to fluff the down comforters, pillows and coats as well.

    • Carolyn says:

      North Face customer service told me to put my sneakers in a pillow case (tied closed) and put them in the dryer with my jacket so they could kick the hell out of the down. Worked perfectly!! It refluffed the down and solved the “cold spot” problem :)

  31. kelli says:

    I love your frugal-ness! I feel the same way about dry cleaning…I have a bag o’ stuff that requires dry cleaning, and it’s been sitting in my closet now for….a year. :( Ah, someday…

    I got brave with my white cotton down filled comforter awhile back, and decided to do it myself. While shoving the entire thing into my washer takes some doing (queen size, and very poofy!) once it’s wet, it shrinks down immensely (there’s a naughty joke in there somewhere). And yes, drying takes For. Ev. Er. Two hours with dryer balls (heh…balls), two more hours without, and she’s sparkling white and fluffy again.

    Of course if you have a sheddy gray cat, you’ll probably be doing this more often than you think. :-P

  32. Carolyn Boyd says:

    I wash my down coats all the time; not Canada Goose but the slightly more budget friendly Eddie Bauer. I usually let them air dry and then fluff in the dryer. Works great. I also wash my down bed pillows and my duvet about once a year or so. Pillows are thick and the duvet is king-sized, so I pick a nice sunny day and lay them outside in the sun, then finish in the dryer. I read somewhere that home washing is way better for the down as opposed to dry cleaning with chemicals.

  33. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    Sorry to hear about the hijack…I wondered where you were this morning. Glad to hear everything is now in order. Just wondering if you really have to dry your coat in the dryer until it’s completely dry? I’ve never had a Canadian Goose or down coat before so for what it’s worth, can’t you air dry after a few hours of dryer time? Just trying to save your investment! I had a flood of memories come back when you shared the comment of the kind of cold that makes your nostril hairs freeze. I grew up in Michigan, on a lake, so we had lots of cold and lots of snow. I remember that well. I also have that same scar on my chin, lol.

  34. catey says:

    Memories of my wintertime childhood just came flooding back. The panic of lost mittens and broken zippers, frozen nose hairs, frost bitten toes, and plenty of psychological scars from zipping too fast. It’s no wonder why I fled to Southern California! Loved
    Your post,
    Karen! Thanks!

  35. janpartist says:

    More and more in life I’ve realized that “rules” or “instructions” are just to cover someones’ ass and completely arbitrary. Resolution-break more rules! The occasional rule is good-don’t cross the center line into oncoming traffic and such but really, who said that earrings need to match? Think about it.

  36. Tara Fletcher-Gibbs says:

    If only I had known you were going to be doing this experiment, I would have sent you some of my wool dryer balls ( to do the job (in most certainly less time than 7 hours!)

    They’re much quieter than tennis balls and they help dry things faster. :)

  37. brenda says:

    what a weird coincidence…..I put my down coat on yesterday and realized it was pretty dirty. In to the washer it goes. Thank you!!

  38. christine says:

    You have had your Canada Goose long enough for it to be cool.My goal is to be the only woman in the Golden Horseshoe without one.No coach purse either.

  39. Jan in Waterdown says:

    A down coat must be put in the dryer ’til dry for the down to “loft” completely. Otherwise it will dry in a clump somewhere near the bottom of your coat and not do its warming job. What I want to know is how the heck did you stand the tennis ball racket (haha) in your dryer for 7 hours?!

  40. Deb J. says:

    I think the dry clean only thing is a butt covering move. I wash all sorts of things that say not to. My mother washed EVERYTHING! Even red suede (real leather) sneakers. Those were a last resort sort of thing but they survived amazingly well. Not everything can go in the washer and dryer but lots of things can. The biggest issue I have found with this is if the item has not been made well enough to survive the agitation – unfinished seams, poor construction, embellishments that get ruined. It would be really disappointing if a Canada Goose couldn’t survive. As to the dryer, it is often worth the time to dry well – it avoids that lovely wet dog smell:)
    Well done Karen! And I love your coat. Too cheap to buy one myself.

  41. Karin says:

    How would they _know_ if you machine washed it and something happened? Maybe you just got caught in a sleet storm or something? Just saying….

  42. Maria says:

    Remember the movie a Christmas story where the little brother is bundled up in a snowsuit and three scarves? I always thought it was an exaggeration. But if Karen says it happens it must be true. You’ll put your eye out

  43. Rebecca says:

    Danica, I have a red Canada goose coat that was fading from a few dry cleanings. Karen, I feel I should’ve posted online somewhere, as I searched and found nothing online about machine washing, but I bit the bullet and did it anyway. Absolutely fine. Need to do it again soon as mine is disgusting!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rebecca. That’s why I did this post! Because I figured if I searched and searched and found nothing that there were other people in the same situation. :) Turns out I was I guess, lol. ~ karen!

  44. Jody says:

    I too was attacked by zipper teeth in my childhood. I probably did the same thing to my son but I don’t remember as I was trying to get to work. I’ll have to check his chin for the telltale scar. Don’t you love being way ahead of a trend before it was trendy when the reason was imply to keep warm?

  45. Danica says:

    It would be interesting to know why they say Dry Clean only? I have a North Face Jacket which you can wash thankfully in the washer and put in the dryer. I suppose if you wash it at the end of the season it should be fairly warm out. I would put in the dryer for maybe an hour and half and then let it hang outside for the day.

    The only concern I would have with washing your jacket regularly(once a year) is your color might start to fade because it’s red. That might be one of the reasons for dry clean only.

    This is a good article from Martha Stewart

    AND here

    • Karen says:

      I couldn’t figure it out Danica. My Lacoste jacket made of the same materials (pretty much) said it was fine to machine wash. ~ karen!

    • Xin says:

      it’s dry cleaning only because washing it in the machine will damage the water resistance surface of the coat. But then again, it doesn’t rain much when you need to wear it

  46. Heather says:

    Snood! What a great word! Haven’t heard that in decades (or at least since last century). :)

  47. Jack Ledger says:

    It is that 7 hours in the dryer that would scare me off…….$$$$$$ emptying out into the cold. What about just hanging it up over a heating vent (for those is the cold north) and then shaking it out when it is dry??

    • ktr says:

      I would probably give it one cycle in the dryer before hanging it up or else it will take forever to dry (if you have a second coat then you could go right to hanging it up – I just know that the day after I wash my coat the temp will drop to -30F and my coat will still be wet). Then if it needs a little fluffing up at the end, toss it in the dryer again for a second cycle.

    • Karen says:

      No, lol. A down coat needs to be dried in a dryer to fluff the feathers up and provide insulation. So you can’t unfortunately dry it for a little bit and then just hang it. It must be dried in the dryer. Just shove it in. Since it only costs $4 to run an electric dryer for an entire week you can rest assured the drying doesn’t cost as much as you think it does and you can continue to save your money for more important things. Like clown paintings. ~ karen!

      • Ron says:

        Long time reader of your column who looks forward to your posts but would like to clarify your statement about the cost of running a dryer for a week as $4.

        I monitor my electricity usage every month and based on that the average hourly cost of my electricity from Toronto Hydro is about $0.20/kwh when HST, delivery, regulatory and debt charges are included. On this basis my average cost of running my dryer for an hour is about $0.88/hr (ref: I suspect that your figure of $4/week for using your dryer would apply to typical weekly usage for a couple with no children. I should also note that we have time of use billing here in Ontario whereby the cost of electricity varies depending on the time of day. As a result I only do laundry on the weekend and try whenever possible to dry my clothes on the clothesline.

        Having said that, the cost of drying your coat for 7 hours would be about $6, which is still a lot less than the cost of dry cleaning.

        I don’t want to be a nitpicker, I just don’t want your readers to think that they could run their electric dryer 24/7 for a week at a cost of $4. The more aware people are of the actual costs of doing things the more informed decisions they can make.

        • Karen says:

          THanks Ron, I should have been more clear. (I’m in Ontario as well by the way). To run the dryer for around 4 hours a week would cost around 4 dollars. (very approximate here). So yes, the cost of the coat drying is about $7 approximately, or $6 a little more precisely. ~ karen!

  48. Darlene Cox says:

    I did the same…..what no Karen with my morning coffee?????? What could be wrong????

  49. Tigersmom says:

    I got all excited over being the first comment and then I realized it’s probably because I didn’t get an email notification of a new post which means that probably nobody else did. You may want to look into that.

    I came on over to your site to check on you because when you don’t post, I worry.

    • Karen says:

      I know you do, lol. Everything’s fine with me. My site however was hijacked. The fine folks at ServInt worked on it until 2:30 in the morning and it’s back as good as new. The email will go out, just later than normal.l ~ karen!

      • Elen G says:

        Haha. I did the same thing. Talk about loyal followers. Okay. I was looking for my laugh for the day, too. That is a fabu jacket. Black and red. They are my colours. So this coat speaks to me. I have that chin zipper scar thingy. Ouch. That hurt. LOL

      • My site was GONE for an hour and half too Karen! Not gonna lie, I went and had a stiff drink of some nasty stuff hiding at the back of my liquor cabinet. Now I know why I don’t drink hard liquor. Straight from the bottle.


        Soooo on that note ~ I SCREAM ~ thanks!!!! I am going to wash my Canada Goose stat. I just need to find the box with the tennis balls in it. Grrrrr.

        Thanks a million. I O U.

      • Ronnie says:

        Hi Karen
        Thanks for sharing your experiment with others. I having been washing all my children’s down fill coats and jackets for the past 25 yrs. My daughter is now 21 and got her 1st Canada Goose jacket for Christmas 2 yrs ago because she will be working in the outdoors doing drilling and blasting. Her black coat is very dirty and I refused to take it to the dry cleaner. I am also allergic to the chemical and they are not good for your cloths. Yet I was scared to give her jacket a try because I didn’t want to void the warranty but since I have come across your blog I will give it a try, I now have the courage and will let you know. Thanks for sharing

        • Karen says:

          Let me know how it goes Ronnie! ~ karen

        • Ronnie says:

          Dear Karen
          This has been long over due. Sorry I had a very busy summer. I just come across your site which I had bookmarked when I remember about the coat Canada Goose Coat.
          In July I decided to washed my daughter’s Canada Goose coat since the weather was very warm. I have a front load washer. I put the coat in by it self into the washer and put it on quick wash, which is 35 mins. along with a small amount of tide cold washing detergent. I also used cold water since it is a black coat. I wasn’t a bit surprise as to how dirty the coat was. After the cycle was finished I removed it from the washer and give it a good shake. To put the down back in placed. Then I hang it out outside to dry. Within a few hrs it was dry. I then toss it into the dry for about 5 mins to air fluff. My daughter couldn’t believe it was her coat. I now have a following of friends who want me to clean their coat which I do gladly. Since it make me feel very special and cost them nothing. I do trust that it was of some help to others.

        • InspektrGadgt says:

          You should not hang/air dry down jackets as it takes to long to fully dry and thus will be prone to mildew and mold.

          The outside may feel dry but the down inside may still have wet spot.

  50. Tigersmom says:

    Countless frugal minions of yours are saying thank you for going where no one has been brave enough to go before.

    But not me! I loooooooove dry cleaning, especially since mine has a drive up window and I don’t even have to get out of my car!
    Plus, I hate hate hate ironing and my husband’s shirts are all extra long because he is so tall, it’s like ironing bed sheets.

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