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    keeping them clean and smell free?

    As a proud new owner of my first topquilt, I'm curious how you all keep your TQs clean and odor free (or minimal)?
    Do many of you use liners?
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    I wear clean camp clothes to slumber in. Always abhored liners.
    When I get home I air them out well inside out.
    One a year I wash them with a good down wash.
    Then I store mine hung up.
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    No liner, but a clean base layer or whatever you like for sleep clothes. No matter how clean you feel, humans are kinda dirty in general. I like having that "barrier" of clean clothes and socks.

    "Wet Ones" or some type of wipes feel good. Sometimes a quick rubbing alcohol wipe-down. If it's warm enough, a jump in a lake/river is unbeatable. I may even take a quick shower under my gravity filter on longer trips.

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    I use my old down sleeping bag open as a top quilt. I store it loose and air out after trips. once a year I wash it with a down wash. Basically a soak and light movement in the bathtub with the soap, drain the tub, and refill with 2-3 rinses. My only caution is to be careful about lifting and moving it when wet and lay flat to dry, then shake and fluff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcgrabe View Post
    I use my old down sleeping bag open as a top quilt. I store it loose and air out after trips. once a year I wash it with a down wash. Basically a soak and light movement in the bathtub with the soap, drain the tub, and refill with 2-3 rinses. My only caution is to be careful about lifting and moving it when wet and lay flat to dry, then shake and fluff.
    If there any chance of putting it in the gently spin cycle? Even just for a few seconds? I've done this with delicate couch cushion covers that said dry clean only. BS. I washed them in a tub then into the spin cycle for about 30 seconds to knock the majority of water out. It's just centrifugal force with no agitation or anything to really hurt the quilt. I would still be leery though. I never washed a down quilt...afraid to even start!

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    I've never really thought about it. My gear is a couple of years old and hangs in my laundry room. It doesn't smell yet. Some random comments:

    I use a liner. However, I use a liner for the extra warmth during the cold weather.

    During the summer I'm a back country canoe camper. It would be odd for me to have a day without a swim. I guess I'm lake water clean.

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    For my sleeping bags and such (new to hammocking, so haven't developed the system for it yet): Clean clothes for bed, a liner when it's not too hot, and the occasional Febreze or scent killer. It wasn't as much for BO as it was for the smell of campfire/smoke, which I like at a non-sinus-burning level. If it gets too bad (about every 3 or 4 seasons) I break down and wash them with down/tech wash, depending on the bag.
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    I wash my down quilts after about 30 nights or so. It makes a big difference in the loft, especially if it's overdue.

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    I wash my TQ in my top loading washing machine and use my dryer with a couple of balls to fluff it up. You are not supposed to use a top loader and only use the larger commercial machines but I've never had any issue with using either at home. Maybe I've just been lucky.

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    Clean bed clothes.
    Especially socks! I went barefoot and snagged a jagged nail into my quilt.

    Once your home, a wet washcloth can wipe away any grime.
    Always air out your kit (quilts, tarp etc) for a day or two.
    Hand wash can be done as needed.
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