Weighted blankets have proven themselves to be highly beneficial for folks with insomnia, anxiety, PTSD, and many other conditions that might keep someone from falling asleep at night. Odd are you spent decent money on your weighted blanket, so it’s important to keep it in good shape so it lasts as long as possible. Some weighted blankets are easy to clean in the washer, and others might take a little more TLC. Keep reading to find out how you should go about cleaning your weighted blanket.
Important: Read Your Blanket Care Instructions
You can’t assume all weighted blankets are cared for the same way, so first things first, always check the care instructions on the tag. It will tell you what you can and can’t do with your weighted blanket, if it has a removable cover, or if it is or isn’t machine washable.
If you decide to play a guessing game with how to wash your blanket, you might not love the results. So as a rule of thumb, make sure you know your blanket’s proper care instructions before you move forward.
Step 1: Tackle Stains
Have you ever noticed a nasty stain become permanently imprinted on your t-shirt or sweatshirt after you ran it through the washer and dryer? If you have, you’re like a lot of people who don’t treat their stains before the wash, and the dryer sets the stain into your clothes. The same could happen to your weighted blanket. So before you wash the entire thing, concentrate on the special stains which could require different “special” treatments.
- Run cold water over the space where you spotted the stain to remove any dirt that can be matting the fabric down. Remember to avoid warm water to prevent setting in the stain, and try to hold the blanket far away from you so you don’t make a big slippery mess on the ground.
- Use a bleach free stain remover for any liquid spill stains or bodily fluids like sweat. You should be conscious of your blanket’s fabric when you choose a stain remover, and bleach usually isn’t recommended. Many items found in your laundry room probably contain bleach, so make sure to check the label. Gently scrub the stain with your fingers or a toothbrush.
- Use soap for grease stains after you drop anything like pizza, pasta, or basically anything oil based — you get the gist. You’ll want to follow the same instructions as above; avoid any soap containing bleach, and use your fingers or a gentle brush to scrub the stain away.
Step 2: Wash Your Weighted Blanket
Depending on what the care label says, you’ll want to determine what method you’re going to use to wash your blanket. It’s also possible that you’ll want to machine wash your weighted blanket’s duvet cover, but hand wash the blanket that’s zipped inside. Below are the instructions for both approaches.
- To machine wash your blanket, follow the instructions given to you on the label. It’ll tell you to wash in warm or cold water depending on the type of fabric it’s made from. You should use a mild detergent, again that’s free of bleach, and run it through a light wash setting. If your weighted blanket is over 12 lbs, you might want to take it to a professional location with commercial machines to avoid messing up your expensive laundry machines.
- To hand wash your blanket, clear out your bathtub and fill it up about half way. Add a ½ cup to full cup of mild detergent (you guessed it, a detergent without bleach) to the water, depending on the size of your blanket. Mix the water around until it’s lathered, and dunk the entire blanket underneath. Once you’ve washed it thoroughly, empty the tub and fill it up again with clean water, then rinse and repeat this process until your blanket is free of soap. Ring out the extra water, and your weighted blanket is ready to dry.
Step 3: Dry Your Weighted Blanket
Keep in mind that your weighted blanket will be much heavier when it’s wet, especially if you washed the entire blanket together. So with that being said, you should decide if you want to throw it in the dryer or if you want to hang it out. Again, consult the instructions on the tag if you’re stuck.
- To machine dry, make sure it’s either on a low or medium setting, depending on the fabric of your blanket. You can also run it through a tumble dry setting, and throw it in with a dry towel to fluff your blanket up a bit.
- To air dry your weighted blanket, try not to hang it over an old school clothes line, or else it might make the beads or poly-pellets inside become dispersed unevenly throughout the blanket. You can hang it over an even and open surface like a banister, or lay it out to dry in the sun. Just make sure you shake it out every half hour or so to make sure the weight stays evenly distributed.
If your weighted blanket has reached its expiration date and washing it won’t do the trick, you always have the option to purchase a new one. Feel free to take a look at our reviews of the BlanQuil Weighted Blanket and Layla Weighted Blanket, where we go in depth on their features and discuss who they may or may not be best for. You can find weighted blankets in a range of prices online, or you can have a DIY moment and look at our blog post to learn how to make a weighted blanket on your own.