My husband handed me his favorite down vest the other day, wondering if it could be washed. This vest, which I purchased about 8 years ago, has been a total work horse. Tim wears it whenever he's working on a construction project in cold weather, and his love for this vest shows, believe me -- because it's covered with paint stains, bits of glue, and much, much sawdust.
I put it in the washing machine, using the delicate cycle recommended on the label. Then I put it in the dryer on very low.
I forgot to check if there were holes in it before I did any of the above.
You guessed it.
Down and feathers everywhere! And I don't know how long it will be before I finally get all of it out of the washer and dryer. Every time I open one of the machines, it looks like something inside is molting.
The vest, by the way, is a shadow of its former puffy self.
My husband hasn't seen it yet.
I may never show it to him because I think he might cry.