How to Wash a Weighted Blanket

How to Wash a Weighted Blanket

How to wash a weighted blanket? When people ask me what to look for when it comes to weighted blankets, the first thing I talk about is how to clean them. Most weighted blankets are made with safe and easy-to-clean materials. However, there’s still some confusion over how they should be cleaned.VB BLOG

Should a weighted blanket be washed regularly?


How often you should wash your weighted blanket depends on several factors. It’s essential to consider the fabric of the mantle (and its cover), how you use the veil, and any allergies that you or someone else in your household may have.

It’s typically recommended that you wash a weighted blanket every two weeks. However, if someone in your home has an allergy triggered by dust or dander, you may need to clean the weighted blanket more frequently.

How to Wash a Weighted Blanket
How to Wash a Weighted Blanket



The cleaning process for a weighted blanket requires a few extra steps compared to a regular blanket. You’ll also need to plan because weighted blankets can take up to 12 hours or longer to dry, depending on the make and model of your dryer. I will be covering a few questions about washing your weighted blanket. Just keep reading.

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What’s the best type of laundry detergent to use?


The best laundry detergent to use depends on your preferences and concerns. For example, if you have sensitive skin, you may want to choose a free & clear or all-natural detergent that doesn’t contain dyes or fragrances. On the other hand, if you want an effective eco-friendly laundry detergent, Method 4x Concentrated Laundry Detergent is a good choice.

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What to know before you wash your weighted blanket

I know you’re probably too busy to read this. Don’t worry — we’ll get right to it. You’ve got a weighted blanket, and you need to wash it immediately.

Check the washing instructions for your blanket.


First, check the washing instructions for your blanket. Most brands suggest using a commercial washer and dryer and washing the blanket by itself. You should also avoid using fabric softener or bleach.


Most weighted blankets can be washed in cold water on a gentle cycle, then tumble dried on low heat with a few tennis balls or other clean balls of similar size to help fluff them up again.


The best way to tell if your weighted blanket needs cleaning is if it smells bad or feels overly moist when you lay under it. If that happens, it’s time for a wash! Many brands recommend washing your blanket every six months, but how often you should clean yours depends on how often you use it, how dirty it gets, and what material it is made. 

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Remove any soiled area with a spot cleaning treatment.


If your weighted blanket is removable, rinse any soiled areas before laundering. If your weighted blanket is not removable or if you notice any spots after rinsing, try spot cleaning with a mild detergent and warm water. Use either a sponge or a soft-bristled brush, but be sure not to rub too hard or scrub too vigorously since this could damage the fabric.


Treat stains or extra dirty areas of your blanket.


Treat stains or extra dirty areas of your blanket. If you notice soiled spots on your weighted blanket, try spot cleaning those areas before adding them to the washer. You can do this by applying a stain remover to the site and allowing it to sit for 10 minutes before rinsing and patting dry with a clean cloth.

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Dry your blanket on a gentle/low heat setting.


Dry your blanket on a gentle/low heat setting. Depending on how thick your blanket is, this may take a few hours. You may also opt to lay it out flat to air dry if you’re worried about shrinkage from heat exposure.

How to machine wash weighted blanket

How to Wash a Weighted Blanket
How to Wash a Weighted Blanket

As a busy parent, you might not have time to hand wash your weighted blanket. Luckily, it is easy to do it. Follow these steps to do so:


1. Remove the cover.


2. Check the tag for cleaning instructions.


3. Put the cover in the washing machine and wash it separately from the blanket, using cold water and mild detergent.


4. Hang the cover to dry or put it in a dryer on low heat with dryer balls or clean tennis balls to prevent wrinkling.


5. Vacuum the blanket if the manufacturer recommends or if there is any loose material that could clog your washer (e.g., polyester micro-beads).


6. Place the blanket inside of a mesh laundry bag or pillowcase. Use cold water and mild detergent to wash it by itself on a gentle cycle with slow agitation and spin speed, or take it to a laundromat that has a large capacity front-loading washer.


7. Hang the blanket to dry or put it in a dryer on low heat with dryer balls or clean tennis balls to prevent wrinkling.


8 Pause and re-distribute your blankets in the load after every spin.


How to hand wash a weighted blanket.


Step 1: Remove any soiled area with a spot cleaning treatment. We recommend using a product like our Spot Cleaner on any stains. It’s beneficial on oil-based paints, such as those caused by makeup or hair products.


Step 2: Fill your sink with cold water and add a capful of Woolite® Dark or Woolite® Darks liquid laundry detergent. Use Woolite Darks for dark-colored blankets or Woolite Dark for lighter-colored blankets.


Step 3: Soak the blanket for 15 minutes in the water and detergent mixture. Then drain the sink and gently squeeze out excess water from the blanket before refilling the sink with fresh, cool water to rinse the blanket thoroughly.


Step 4: Squeeze out excess water by rolling up the blanket in a towel and stepping on it to get as much moisture as possible before hanging it to dry over a shower curtain rod or clothesline.


Takeaway: Washing your weighted blanket is easy as long as you follow these simple steps!



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