Jan asked: How do I wash a wool blanket? I bought this large wool blanket and an Army/Navy surplus store. It has no tags to advise how to wash it. We use it in our motor home, and I wanted to know if you thought I could wash it in my large capacity, high efficiency washing machine? Thank you!
Though many wool items are too delicate to machine wash, most wool blankets are actually a blend of wool and another fiber. This allows them to be machine washed successfully on a gentle cycle. Here are a few steps to ensure your wool blanket comes out as good as it went in.
You Will Need:
- Zero Fabric Wash (by Woolite)
Steps to Clean the Blanket:
- Begin by unfolding the blanket and shaking out any loose debris.
- Place the blanket in the washing machine.
- Add a small amount of a gentle liquid detergent that is designed for wool items, such as Woolite.
- Set the washing machine to wash and rinse on cold water. Use a gentle or delicate cycle.
- After the washing cycle is complete, remove the item and reshape it as necessary.
- Hang the blanket to dry. This can be done several ways:
- Lay it flat on a clean floor.
- Hang it outside on a clothesline
- Hang it over the backs of several chairs overnight
- Hang it over a rust-free shower curtain rod
Additional Tips and Advice
- Avoid any wash cycles that use hot water or strong agitation/spin cycles. These can all cause damage and shrinkage to the wool fibers.
- If the Zero detergent cannot be found, another gentle/mild detergent designed for delicate fabrics will work.
- While all wool blankets have different fiber compositions, those found at military surplus stores are strong blankets. They can usually tolerate the machine washing with no problems.
- Avoid machine drying wool items unless the care instructions specifically say that it is allowable.