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I was the down jackets that we all have in 30C and then tumble dry, only I use tumble dryer balls (the fluff the clothes up, allowing them to dry faster), as the tennis balls I bought made everything smell.
The tennis ball bit was on the washing instructions! It said to use them or a clean sneaker, which I didn't have. (Jacket was an American brand). I would probably still give it a go in the machine as I love ignoring dry clean only labels.
Oh dexter I am with you - sometimes dry cleaning is a waste of money. I think tennis balls are a good idea, only the ones I bought smelt really bad so I bought tumble dryer balls (they are "spiky" plastic ones) and they seem to do the same job, only odour free. Maybe your tennis balls are more fragrant than mine were.
I am / was a dry cleaner . I can tell you categorically that down / puffas do not like being dry cleaned. They like being washed at 30/40 then tumble dried until puffed up. The feathers do not like the solvent and it won't get the coat clean, especially if its white or light coloured. Specialist cleaning doesn't mean anything ( naughty Boden) . They put that on there as they are easily ruined by home washing and it saves returns .
As what seeker said you must dry straight away or it needs I be a very sunny windy day to get them dry if you have no dryer but in my experience they won't puff up as much as they do in a dryer . Do not under any circumstances wash unless you can dry quickly as it will smell and you won't get rid of it.
Thanks for the advice, I've washed it. No tumble drier balls in my local (rubbish) Tesco so opened a new tin of tennis balls. Jacket lovely & clean, and fluffy, but it does smell a bit odd from the tennis ball. Better than the previous bonfire smell though. I can't believe all the money I've wasted on dry cleaning.