How to Wash Blankets

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Jenny asked: How do you clean fuzzy blankets? You know, blankets that are really soft…without ruining them? I have this amazingly soft blanket that I will need to wash, but I am worried about ruining its softness.

Soft, fuzzy blankets are the best things to snuggle up in on a cold evening. There are a wide variety of soft blankets available and all are fairly easy to clean. Simple steps can be taken to keep your blankets soft for a long time.

How to Clean Fleece and Microfiber Fleece Blankets


Fleece blankets come in different levels of quality. Lower-quality fleece will pill and quickly loose its soft touch. Higher quality fleece blankets, often labeled “Ultra Plush” will not pill at all and remain soft. To keep your fleece blankets soft, follow these washing guidelines.

You Will Need:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Liquid fabric softener
  • Drying rack or clothesline

Cleaning Steps:

  1. Pour the appropriate amount of laundry detergent into the washing machine for your blanket load.
  2. Place the blanket in the washing machine.
  3. Wash on the gentle cycle using cold water.
  4. During the rinse cycle, add the appropriate amount of liquid fabric softener.
  5. Hang the blanket and allow it to air-dry. This will prevent the pilling that is caused from the fabric rubbing against itself in the dryer.

How to Clean Wool Blankets

You Will Need:

  • Mild laundry detergent such as Woolite
  • Drying rack

Cleaning Steps:

*Check the care tag on your wool blanket prior to cleaning. If it is labeled as dry clean only, then do just that. If you try to wash it, it may shrink or lose its soft feel.

  1. First, ensure that your blanket is machine washable.
  2. Place it in the washing machine with a mild detergent.
  3. Wash on the gentle cycle with cold water.
  4. Stop the spin cycle after 1 minute of spinning so the blanket does not get stretched out of shape.
  5. Allow it to air dry by hanging on a drying rack. Never place a wool blanket in the heated dryer because it will shrink.

Additional Tips and Ideas

  • Hard water can lead to rough blankets. Add softener to your water as needed to help keep your blankets and clothes soft and comfortable.
  • If your blanket tends to “shed” in the washing machine, place it in a large pillow case and then put it in the washer.
  • Avoid using dryer sheets on soft blankets. These leave a coating that can cause the blanket’s surface to feel rough.
  • If there seems to be a coating on your blankets that make them rough, try using an extra rinse cycle to ensure all of the detergent is removed.

Comments

  1. Jonny says:

    Any tips on how to get bits of scraps off a fluffy blanket?
    Someone said lint rollers… Someone said Hoover it… Nothing I’ve tried has worked.
    It’s lots of little bits of fluff and what looks like tiny bits of wood.

  2. Melanie says:

    You could also try duct tape – some of the lint rollers that I’ve used were not very sticky.

    Another option: tweezers and a grade B movie – something interesting enough that you will sit through it, but boring enough that you won’t mind picking the tiny bits off the blanket while you watch. ;)

  3. Jerry says:

    After am done washing clothes, towels, blankets, etc., I can smell a bad odor coming from the washer and the clothes; it smells like mildew at times and even animal urine so I will wash them again. After that, I will immediately throw them into the dryer; when dried I don’t smell that smell on the clothes, but when we use a bath towel to dry off and if the towel becomes damp or wet, the smell comes back and we cant use them because the smell get on our body and we then have to take another! What can it be? And how can I clean the washer well?

  4. Melanie says:

    Jerry,
    The animal urine smell could be mold, and since you mentioned a mildew smell as well, this is the article that you need: How to Remove Mildew Smell from Laundry. (Mold and mildew are each a type of fungus and can be treated the same way.) To clean the washer, this is the article that you need: How to Clean a Washing Machine. You may also want to check the rubber seals on your washing machine and if you find any signs of mold or mildew, use this article to clean it: How to Remove Mold from Rubber Seals. Also, leave the door of the washer open between loads to let the washer dry out and ventilate – that will help to prevent the mold/mildew from returning.
    Source: BrickUnderground – Why your high-efficiency washing machine smells like cat pee: The official story

  5. Irma says:

    I purchased a fleece/Sherpa blanket yesterday and I always wash my bedding before I use them. This blanket is shedding so bad, I have washed it twice and it’s still shedding. I cannot use it like this…please help.

  6. Melanie says:

    Irma,
    This is the article that you need: How to Wash a Shedding Blanket.

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