One of the most common problems we see in the laundromat is soap overload!!! The front load washers are high efficiency so less is needed. Often we see the washing machines turn white with suds as bubbles flow out of the top and back overflow valves – and it keeps coming and coming, more and more ( liquid fabric softener will help overtake the suds! Hint, Hint…. ) So…add a little in the beginning, you can always add a little more as the machine fills up, but once you add too much…..it is time for a second wash ( no soap the 2nd time please… ) In the long run, it is easier on your clothes, cheaper on your budget and saves time, too.
Sleeping bags are basically comforters with zippers. We wash sleeping bags year round, whether from a camping trip to the woods or the kids sleepover on the floor. Unzip them ( find all of the socks left in the bottom ) , load them into the washers like a comforter, then fluff and fold. If it is gortex or down, be sure to follow the directions ( I know , that is a dirty word!! ) usually cold water wash and tumble dry low. For those two kinds, be sure and leave yourself plenty of drying time. When you take them home, leave them out overnight before you wind them back up or stuff them back in the bag. Sometimes, just like comforters, they feel dry when they come out of the dryer, but after they cool down, they are still damp. And you don’t want them to mold and then start the process washing all over again!! Be patient, dry a little longer than you think and you will be fine!