I've owned my Western Mountaineering Ultralight 20 down sleeping bag for about 4 years now and I estimate that I've slept in it over 100 nights. As you can imagine, it doesn't have that new smell anymore and could use some freshening up.
One option is for me to take it to a commercial laundromat with front loading washers and wash it myself. To do this, I'd need to get a very gentle soap like ReviveX Down Cleaner or Nikwax Down Wash that is specially made for washing down bags and won't strip the oil from down feathers.
Front loading washers are gentler than the top loading kind you probably have at home and won't rip the delicate baffle seams on a sleeping bag. To wash, turn your sleeping bag inside out, add the recommended amount of soap, and wash on a gentle cycle with cold water. Let spin, and rinse for one or two additional washing cycles to get any residual soap out.
Next, drip dry your bag for a few hours before putting it into a commercial dryer. Set the temperature to low or air fluff and dry. This may take a few hours, so bring lots of quarters with you. Between cycles, massage your bag to break up any clumps of down that may have formed inside the bag. Once dry, take your bag home and keep it uncompressed until the next time you go hiking.
If washing your sleeping bag frightens you, or you'd rather go hiking instead of spending a full day in a laundromat, REI recommends an sleeping bag cleaning service called Rainy Pass Repair that you can send your bag to for washing or repair services. They charge $30 to wash a synthetic bag, $37 for a down bag, and $46 for a Gore-tex or Dryloft sleeping bag. I'm going to try this service with my Ultralight and will let you know how it turns out.
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