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Washing & Maintaining An Electric Blanket

You’ve invested in an electric blanket to keep warm during those chilly nights. But now, it’s time for a clean-up, and you’re wondering how to do it. Don’t worry, you’re not alone!

Washing an electric blanket may seem like a daunting task. After all, it’s not just any blanket – it’s electric! But with the proper guidance, you’ll find it’s easier than you think.

Why do you need to wash an electric blanket?

It’s not just a question of freshness or personal preference. Washing your electric blanket is pivotal for several essential reasons.

First, cleanliness is essential. Electric blankets collect dust, dirt, and sweat over time. According to the University of Arizona, if you don’t regularly wash laundry or blankets, they could serve as a breeding ground for bacteria and allergens that can affect your health.

Remember that even though it’s electric, it’s still a blanket. That means it’s susceptible to the same types of debris and damage as any other piece of bedding. Pet hair, dust mites, even food crumbs—all these adversaries lurk on any unwashed bedding, electric blankets included. Leaving these unattended could not only cause discomfort while using the blanket but might also lead to potential damage to its delicate electric wiring.

Moreover, washing an electric blanket helps to preserve its overall quality and appearance. The build-up of dirt and grime will not only affect the blanket’s visual appeal but also change its texture, which could compromise its overall comfort.

You might worry about washing an electric blanket because it could damage the internal wiring, but guess what? Modern electric blankets are designed with this in mind. Most models are now fully machine washable, making cleaning as easy as washing your regular comforter. As long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions, it’s safe and easy.

Lastly, remember regular maintenance extends the lifespan of your electric blanket. By dedicating a little time to care for your blanket, you, in turn, ensure that it continues to serve you well. So, it may seem like a tedious chore now, but it pays you back in the long run, in both comfort and endurance.

Safety precautions before washing

Your electric blanket’s durability and performance are partially in your hands. Proper care before washing is essential. Taking precautionary steps ensures the blanket isn’t damaged during the washing process. Let’s dive into the key steps:

Don’t just throw your blanket into the washer straight from the bed. Always check your blanket for any visible damages or issues. Examine the wiring meticulously, looking into any areas of concern. Ensure no wires are poking out or there’s no tear in the fabric.

Does your blanket have a control unit? You must detach any electrical components before washing the blanket. If your model allows, detach the cable and controller from the blanket. If not, refer to the blanket’s manual appropriately. Make sure you don’t do anything that’s not mentioned or out of the washing procedure—forced removal of components can cause damage.

Your blanket might have small objects lodged in the fabric that are difficult to see. This includes dust particles, hair, crumbs, and other debris. Run your hands over the blanket with a gentle touch. Feel for any hidden items. If you find any debris, remove it for a smoother washing experience.

It beckons the question, “What about stains?” Tackling stains before washing is recommended. Gently rub the affected area using a soft, damp cloth or sponge. Remember, it’s essential to use gentle cleaners that aren’t harsh on the fabric.

Lastly, remember to follow your blanket’s specific washing instructions provided by the manufacturer. Knowing how to care for your fabric type makes a big difference. The washing instructions offer vital details about temperature settings, detergent selection, and drying methods. Following these ensures your blanket has a long-lasting life and excellent performance.

Checking the manufacturer’s instructions

You’ve checked your electric blanket for any visible damages and issues. You’ve detached any electrical components. You’ve also worked on removing debris and tackling stains. That’s great! It’s vital to check the manufacturer’s instructions before proceeding further.

Before running your electric blanket through the washing or drying cycle, make doubly sure to consult the instructions provided in the manufacturer’s guide. This manual should have come right inside your blanket’s packaging. It’ll contain specific information for your particular model and empower you with all the necessary details, from suggesting the appropriate detergents to advising on a specific washing or drying cycle.

If the original guide needs to be included, don’t worry. You might find a copy online or contact the manufacturer directly for a replacement. Many manufacturers maintain digital archives of their product manuals, which they can email.

Pay attention to the importance of these guidelines. Ignoring them could damage your electric blanket and void its warranty in many cases. You must consider these instructions before attempting to wash your electric blanket.

Washing procedures can vary widely from blanket to blanket. Some may allow machine washing, while others might warn against it. The same is true for the temperature settings and number of wash cycles.

Remember, these instructions are not mere suggestions but are based on wide-ranging testing and understanding of the fabric and wiring within your blanket. It makes sense to follow them rather than try your experiment, which might shorten the lifespan of this expensive, comforting asset you have.

Hand-washing method

Hand-washing your electric blanket can seem daunting, but it’s often the safest way to maintain the integrity of the electrical components while ensuring a thorough cleaning. Let’s dive into your step-by-step guide on hand-washing an electric blanket.

Step 1: Prepare the Cleaning Solution

While many detergents are available on the market, it’s essential to check the manufacturer’s instructions to determine which suits your blanket. Mix the recommended amount of detergent with warm water in a large basin big enough for the entire blanket.

Step 2: Soaking and Cleaning

Submerge your electric blanket in the cleaning solution. Gently agitate it to ensure the soapy water reaches every part of the blanket. Allow the blanket to soak for 10-15 minutes.

Step 3: Rinse Thoroughly

After soaking, rinse the blanket thoroughly with clean, lukewarm water. It’s essential to get rid of any detergent residue to avoid damage. Ensure every part of the blanket is adequately rinsed.

Step 4: Remove Excess Water

Once the rinse is complete, don’t twist or wring the blanket to remove excess water, which could damage the wires. Instead, gently press the water out. Lay the blanket flat with a large, clean towel and roll it up to absorb the remaining water.

Step 5: Dry

Lay the blanket flat on a clean surface to air dry. Do not use a dryer, heating pad, or iron on your electric blanket, as high heat could damage it. To speed up the drying process, run a fan or open a window.

Remember: Never use the blanket if it’s still damp. Using an electric blanket that is not completely dry could be a potential safety hazard.

Taking the time to handle your electric blanket with care will ensure it’s spotless and extend its lifespan. Safety should always be your foremost consideration.

Machine-washing method

Just as the hand washing method has its tips and tricks, so does machine washing. It’s all about understanding and treating your electric blanket with the care it requires. Remember that machine washing should be a last resort if hand washing isn’t an option.

Gather Needed Materials

Start by gathering everything that you’ll need. This includes:

  • A mild detergent
  • Your washing machine
  • A couple of clean, dry towels

You’re probably wondering why a couple of towels made the list. We’ll get to that!

Preparatory Steps

Before tossing your electric blanket into the washer, removing any cords or controllers is essential. It’s crucial to check the manufacturer’s instructions to remember the temperature settings suitable for your specific brand.

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Washer

Many people fear machine washing their electric blankets because they believe it may harm the delicate wiring. While there’s an element of truth, you can take a few precautions. Try washing the blanket in a gentle or delicate setting. Refrain from using high-temperature settings or a harsh detergent.

Adding the Touch of Softness

Once you’ve finished with the washing cycle, avoid using a tumble dryer. Instead, use your clean, dry towels! Place your blanket flat on one of the towels and roll it up tightly, pressing as you go. This would help soak and squeeze out extra water. You can then spread your electric blanket on a flat surface to air dry.

Remember, never use any form of heat to speed up the drying process.

Drying the electric blanket

Now that you’ve taken the time to carefully wash your electric blanket, applying the same mindful approach to the drying process is essential. Remember, never use any heat to speed up the drying process, as this can damage the blanket’s wiring and render it unusable.

Your go-to method for drying the blanket should be air drying on a flat surface. Resist the temptation to hang the blanket, as the weight of the wet blanket can stretch and distort its shape. Preferably, lay the blanket on a clean, dry towel and gently roll it in the towel. This method helps to squeeze out any excess water and promotes faster drying. Remember to turn the blanket occasionally to ensure even drying.

When air-drying, it’s essential to know that your electric blanket will likely take longer to dry than your regular linens. Depending on how wet the blanket was after washing, it may take 24 to 48 hours to fully dry. Plan your washing so the blanket has the maximum drying time, ensuring it’s ready when needed.

Here’s a handy tip to speed up the air-drying process: position a fan to blow air over the blanket or place it indirectly in the airflow path from a central heating vent. In both situations, the airflow will expedite the drying process without resorting to harmful high temperatures.

Should you opt for tumble drying, note that the manufacturer’s instructions may limit this option. If available, always select the lowest heat setting and remove the blanket while it’s still slightly damp to prevent any possible heat damage. Post-tumble-drying, follow the same air-drying process to complete the drying.

Utilizing these drying methods will ensure your electric blanket remains in excellent condition, ready to provide you with comfort and warmth for a long time. Remember the saying: “Slow and steady wins the race.” The same applies to the washing and drying process. It might be slower, but it’s worth the wait.

How often should you wash your electric blanket?

Understanding the ideal frequency for washing your electric blanket can elongate its lifespan and maintain its functionality. The good news is you don’t have to wash your electric blanket after every use.

In general, it’s recommended that you should wash your electric blanket every three months. Of course, this will vary if the blanket is used more frequently or less frequently. The three-month guideline assumes an idealized usage scenario: used nightly for warmth during the colder months.

Here’s a markdown list showcasing the suggested washing frequencies:

  • Daily: Wash Frequency – Every 3 Months
  • Weekly: Wash Frequency – Every 6 months
  • Bi-Weekly: Wash Once A Year

Buttons, controls, and wires should also be kept clean and dust-free. A dry microfiber cloth can quickly clean these parts. Be sure not to get any solvent or cleaner on these parts, as this might cause damage.

Think of your electric blanket as comparable to any bedding material. Sheets and pillowcases get changed and cleaned weekly, while comforters and duvets have a bi-weekly to monthly cleaning schedule. Your electric blanket falls somewhere between these two bedding materials regarding cleanliness requirements.

If you spill anything on the blanket or it gets filthy, you’ll want to wash it immediately. Keeping the electric blanket in a good state ensures hygiene and maintains its longevity and efficiency. Cleaning it too frequently risks damaging the internal wiring, while not cleaning it often enough may lead to a buildup of bacteria, mites, or dirt.

Finally, always wash and dry the blanket following the tips above. They are crucial in maintaining the quality and durability of your electric blanket.

Storing your electric blanket

After you’ve completed the tedious task of washing and drying your electric blanket, it’s crucial to store it properly. Proper storage helps maintain the blanket’s quality, performance, and lifespan. Here are a few tips to help you navigate this essential process.

The first thing to remember is that the blanket should be fully dry before you store it. Any hint of dampness may breed mildew or mold, ruining your blanket and turning it into a health hazard. It might take between 24 and 48 hours for it to dry fully; hence, there’s a need to plan for this, too.

Next, it is best to place the blanket in a breathable cotton storage bag. This protects it from dust and stains while allowing air to circulate. Plastic containers seem like a good idea, but they lack in the breathable department. They could trap moisture, leading to mold growth. A cotton bag takes care of this.

Ensure to place your electric blanket on a cool, dry shelf. Avoid basements, garages, or any place with high humidity due to potential mildew growth. Your best bet is a bedroom closet, living room cabinet, or any other place with a controlled environment.

But remember—how you place it matters. Your electric blanket must never be folded tightly. Instead, loosely rolling it or folding it in large loops helps prevent any potential damage to the internal wires. If you can’t avoid folding, keep it as loose as possible.

While throwing in those wires and controls is tempting, it’s a no-no. The cords and controllers should be stored separately. This prevents any undetected damage while in storage.

Lastly, refrain from placing heavy objects on your stored blanket. Excessive weight can damage the internal wiring, compromising safety and functionality.

These measures ensure you keep your blanket in the best shape possible during storage. With every new cold season, you’ll have a blanket that is functionally efficient but also safe and clean. So, store wisely.


Mastering washing your electric blanket is more manageable than it seems. With the steps outlined, you’re well-equipped to handle both hand-washing and machine-washing. Remember, it’s all about using the right detergent and soaking methods. Drying your blanket properly is key, and air-drying is your best bet. Quick drying tips like using a fan or proper placement for airflow can come in handy. Storing your blanket correctly in a breathable cotton bag and on a cool, dry shelf will ensure longevity. Remember, the cords and controllers need separate storage. With these tips, you’ll clean your electric blanket effectively and extend its lifespan. It’s all about treating your blanket right to enjoy those cozy, warm nights for years.

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