How to Wash an Electric Blanket

18 responses

  1. Seval
    October 4, 2012

    Thank you for the tip on washing electrical blankets. I just can’t detach the cord and cover from the blanket. Do you know how to separate them? Thanks.


  2. Shelly
    July 10, 2013

    Thank you; my cat peed on ours and we didn’t know how to clean it. Very helpful. Thank you soo much!


  3. Jayme
    July 27, 2013

    Thanks for the info on how to clean an electric blanket. I use mine at dialysis every week and it has become really dirty. Going to wash it this weekend.


  4. Lisa
    September 26, 2013

    It’s been a year and wasn’t sure how to wash it until my brain came on and said, “google it silly; it’s the 21st century, duh!” Thanks for the tip on unplugging it first!!


  5. Ondela
    September 30, 2013

    It is such a relief to know that I can actually wash my electric blanket. However, I am still unsure about how to remove the control box or cord before putting the blanket in the water. Are you able to help me?


  6. Ron
    November 12, 2013

    Your advice on how to wash an electric blanket in a washing machine is very helpful assuming you’re using a top loading washer. Unless I missed something, this will not work to well on a front loader.


  7. Ian
    December 3, 2013

    Ondela…Hiya, I agree 100% with you. I think I can remove the power cord where it joins with the “box thingy” that is actually attached to the electric blanket.

    But, I have no idea if you are supposed to remove the box thingy as well…? and if so, how…?

    My blanket was only bought and used in October 2013, so I am not to worried yet. However, when the time comes, probably summer, I intend to telephone my electric blanket manufacturer and ask specialist instructions, failing that my local fire station should be able to help.

    One thing I know for certain: you cannot put a electric blanket into a washing machine unless the box says machine washable. As for hand washing the box, should say suitable for hand washing only.


  8. Judy
    January 24, 2014

    I have just recovered from C. diff. Is there anyway to sanitize my electric blanket since the only thing that works against C. diff is hot water and soap or 10 to 1 Clorox solution?


  9. Jennifer
    March 6, 2014

    Yipee! I’ll get to it at once. Thanks a mil!


  10. Fernanda
    April 12, 2014

    My electric blanket is not that dirty. There are not spots, but it has been on the bed for a while, so I assume that just in order to sanitize it a bit, I should wash it. I am reading the instructions and then I get down to step 16 where it says to “spread it on the floor.” No matter how clean a floor is, it’s never clean enough. Should I place something underneath and wait for it to dry? Hair, dust, pet dander, etc…would settle on it. I don’t see the point of even washing it if then you have to place it on the floor.


    • Melanie
      April 13, 2014

      Once the blanket is mostly dry, you could just drape it over the bed instead of the couch or floor. However, it will likely dampen the bed sheets, which will then need to dried as well or be changed before you sleep on them. You could lay a spare bed sheet underneath the blanket while it finishes drying on the couch or floor. You might not want to use a plastic sheet (like a painter’s drop cloth or cut open trash bags) because they could hold in the moisture and not let the blanket fully dry on the bottom. Another idea would be to hang it over the shower curtain rod, or to tie a rope from two nearby doorknobs for a makeshift clothesline.


  11. Meghan
    August 23, 2014

    I just washed my blanket in the washing machine & did NOT (well, could not) remove the “box” things (mine has two), and all seems to have gone well – I plugged it in afterwards and it turned on okay.


  12. Pat
    February 13, 2015

    Useful info – thank you.
    I normally put my blanket in a duvet cover to keep it clean.


  13. Missy
    March 6, 2015

    That is a great idea Pat. Then you can just remove and wash the duvet!


  14. Sally
    June 5, 2015

    It seems so straight forward. Thanks for the tips.


  15. Karen
    October 19, 2015

    Thank you Pat for the fantastic idea (why didn’t I think of that???); get a duvet cover and put the blanket in!!! Duh! LOL.


  16. Ana
    November 15, 2015

    Do u have to wash electric blankets by themselves , or can you launder sheets with it in the delicate/soak wash too?


  17. Vanessa
    November 23, 2015

    The cords were taken off of my electric blanket. It has not been washed, but now that the cords are back in, it doesn’t work. What could be wrong and what can I do?


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