How to Wash a Snowboard Jacket

Washing a snowboard jacket isn’t that complicated, but you always want to make sure you wash it properly, so you don’t ruin it. You don’t need to wash your jacket as often as the other layers you wear every day. 

I’ve been snowboarding for decades, and I’ve learned how to take good care of all my equipment, clothing included. I know through first-hand experience how to wash my outer layers. 

This post will show you how to wash a snowboard jacket. I’ll give you step-by-step directions and tell you when and why you might want to wash your jacket. 

Let’s get to it.

Should I Wash My Snowboard Jacket?

You don’t have to wash your snowboarding jacket very much, if at all. The only times that I ever wash my jacket is if it gets really stinky or dirty, neither of which happens all that often. I maybe wash my jacket once a season. 

If you ride in warmer conditions where you build up a sweat, you might need or want to wash your jacket more often. Sweat can cause your inner layers and jacket to get pretty funky, but they are all pretty easy to wash. 

If your jacket gets covered in dirt, mud, or slush, you will probably want to wash it. This can happen at any point during the season, so you might need to wash it several times if it gets really dirty. 

Can You Put Snowboard Jackets in the Washing Machine? 

You can put most snowboard jackets in the washing machine. Always make sure to check the washing instructions on the jacket’s label before doing so. I’ll walk you through how to do this in the next section, but just know using a machine is OK. 

If you are nervous about the machine potentially ruining your jacket, you can always wash it by hand. This is a safer route to go with delicate garments in mind, and nearly every type of jacket is safe to be washed by hand. 

How to Wash a Snowboard Jacket

Here are the steps to take when it’s time to wash your snowboard jacket. 

Step 1: Read the Label

Before you wash your snowboard jacket or any of your snowboard gear, you should look at the label and find out the washing instructions. The label will tell you what water temperature to use and other important information. 

Step 2: Spot Treat Stains (if needed)

If you have any big stains on your jacket that you are trying to get rid of, you can spot treat them with a stain remover before washing the entire jacket. Put the stain treatment on the stain according to that product’s instructions. 

Step 3: Put Jacket in Washing Machine 

Next, put the jacket into the washing machine. You want to wash it by itself or with other snowboard clothing (like your snowboard pants). I usually like to wash the jacket on its own, just to make sure it doesn’t get damaged.

You don’t want to put the jacket in with a bunch of random clothes if you can avoid it. It will get cleaner on its own, and you can prevent potential damage by it rubbing up against other stuff.  

Step 4: Add Detergent and Set Cycle

Use a fairly mild laundry detergent and add it to the machine. If you are washing the jacket on its own, you don’t need a bunch of detergent. 

Then set the washer to cold water and run it on a delicate cycle. Cold water is a safe bet for whatever material your jacket is made of, and warm or hot water can potentially ruin the water repelling abilities of your item. 

Let the washer run through the entire cycle. 

Step 5: Remove and Air Dry

Once the washer has gone through its entire cycle, you can remove the jacket and dry it. Air drying is always the best option, and the dryer can cause damage. Simply hang the jacket up on a line and let it dry for a few hours or overnight. 

You can also place the jacket by a mild heat source or fan to speed up the drying process. Make sure you don’t put it too close to the source if it’s something hot like a fireplace or radiator. 


Here are a few quick answers to some of the most commonly asked questions relating to how to wash a snowboard jacket.    

How do you wash a DC snowboard jacket?

You can wash a DC snowboard jacket just like any other snowboard jacket. Put it in the washer with cold water on a delicate cycle, and then let it air dry. Always read to label for specific directions, but nearly any jacket can be washed this way. 

How to wash Burton jacket?

Burton jackets can be washed just like any other type of snowboard jacket. Check the label for specific instructions, but typically you can place it in the washer on a cold water delicate cycle that will clean it up nicely. 

Which washing detergent is good for snowboard jacket?

Any standard washing detergent can work for a snowboard jacket. I like to make sure that the detergent is mild, meaning it doesn’t have bleach or any other really strong cleaning agents. And you don’t need a lot of detergent if you are washing the jacket on its own. 

Final Thoughts

Washing a snowboard jacket is pretty straightforward, and usually a cold water cycle in the washing machine will do the trick. Always remember to check the label and follow the instructions to avoid damage. 

You don’t need to wash your jacket that often and can always hand wash it if you are worried about throwing it in the washing machine.

About Lorraine
I'm a certified snowboard instructor. My first experience with snowboarding occurred at an indoor resort. One run had me hooked, and it has turned into a lifelong passion ever since then. I'm here to share with you some of the tips and advice I have learned along the way.

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