How to wash ski clothes

Written by candace horgan
How to wash ski clothes
Clean ski clothing to restore its functionality. (powder skiing image by joseph pankey from

Ski clothing takes a beating. Storms, mud, the occasional rainstorm, plus ski edges and random tree branches all can leave your ski jacket and trousers looking like they've been run over by a truck. Underlayers can quickly develop a funky odour if not cleaned regularly. Cleaning your ski clothing has the added benefit of restoring its functionality while keeping you looking snazzy on the slopes. For outerlayers, a proper cleaning also helps keep you dry during big storms.

Separate outer and underlayers and wash them separately.

Place underlayers, such as long underwear and fleece jackets, in a cold cycle with a small amount of nondetergent cleaner and run the wash cycle. Tumble dry on a low setting.

Place the jacket and trousers in the washing machine on a cold cycle with some nondetergent cleaner and run the cycle.

Run the cold cycle again on the jacket and trousers, this time adding some of the wash-in water repellent to the cold cycle.

Tumble dry the ski clothing on a low cycle.

Wash down clothing separately from synthetics and the outer shells, using a product like Down wash to clean it. Air dry down clothing flat.


Washing machines without an agitator may work better for Gore-Tex products; some agitators can cause the Gore-Tex to delaminate.

Things you need

  • Nondetergent cleaner (Nikwax Tech Wash, ReviveX Synthetic Fabric Cleaner)
  • Down cleaner (Nikwax Down Wash, ReviveX Down Cleaner)
  • Wash-in water repellent (Nikwax TX.Direct, ReviveX Water Repellent for Outerwear)

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