I suppose I should preface this post by saying that no, this trick will not remove that ketchup stain from that silk-cashmere-ascot-thing that you ruined at that barbeque last summer. Sorry. This is more of a dry way of freshening up things that shouldn’t be washed too often. Like my down sweater. I love it dearly, but it’s started to take on a bit of a funky… funk. Guess that happens when you wear something seven days a week for four months. Whoops. Anyhow, you definitely can wash down, but you shouldn’t do it too often because it causes the down to break down.
All you have to do is mix a bit of baking soda (USA / Canada) with a few drops of essential oil and sprinkle the mixture on top of the offending areas of the item. For my down sweater, this was the inner underarm area (sexy, I know). Let it sit overnight. Then, shake it out (I recommend over the bathtub/in the shower), and wipe off any remaining dusties with a slightly damp cloth. Voila!