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The Guide to Washing Your Weighted Blanket

If you’re like me and love the cozy comfort of a weighted blanket, you’ll want to keep it fresh and clean. But tossing it in the machine is more complex than washing a weighted blanket. It’s a process that requires some know-how to do it right.

That’s where I come in. I’ve been through trial and error, so you don’t have to. I’ll share my expert tips on properly washing and caring for your weighted blanket. It’s easier than you think, and with some guidance, you’ll have it down in no time.

Choosing the Right Washing Method

Understanding the proper washing method for your weighted blanket is key to preserving its quality. You need a second thought to toss it in the washer; better methods are available with better results. Knowing this can determine if your blanket remains plushy or becomes worn with constant washing.

Your blanket’s care label is the first place to look. Manufacturers often provide washing instructions specific to the product’s fabric type and filler materials. Some can be cleaned through a standard washing machine cycle, while others require hand washing. A gentle cycle with cold water is usually suggested if machine washing is allowed.

Do check for any spots or stains as well. They could require pre-treatment before the general cleaning. For such cases, spot cleaning is an excellent method, according to University of Georgia. This involves dipping a cloth in mild detergent and warm water and then blotting the stained area on the blanket. However, be careful; scrubbing the stain might force it more deeply into the fabric, making it harder to remove.

What about big weighted blankets that can’t fit into a washing machine? Think about taking them to a commercial laundry facility. These establishments often have large, industrial-size machines that can properly clean bigger blankets. Another option is to typically spread them out flat to dry on a clean surface away from direct sun.

Now, the job’s a tad easier if you’re dealing with a removable cover. These covers are normally machine-washable, more so than the blanket itself.

Let’s break it down into a straightforward guide:

  • Check the care label for washing instructions
  • Spot-clean any stains
  • Use a gentle cycle with cold water for machine washing
  • Consider using commercial washing machines for more oversized blankets
  • Wash removable covers in the machine

Ultimately, the aim is to preserve the quality material of your weighted blanket while ensuring it’s fresh and clean. Remember, it’s not just about cleaning; it’s about doing it right.

Preparing Your Weighted Blanket for Washing

Proper preparation is a must for keeping your weighted blanket in top-notch condition. This can help extend the life of your blanket and make the cleaning process much smoother. Now, let’s delve into how to prepare your blanket for washing.

Look for any damage to your blanket before washing.

The first thing you should do is check your blanket for tears, loose stitches, or damaged seams. It’s also important to look at the weighted pockets on the blanket for any signs of leakage. If you find any issues, they must be addressed before washing, as these damaged areas may worsen in the washing machine.

Deal with stains promptly and correctly.

Preparation involves more than just looking for damage. It also means addressing any stains on the blanket. Spot cleaning is the most direct method for treating stains. It’s not only recommended but, in many cases, an absolute necessity. Harsh stain removers may damage certain fabrics, so it’s best to stick with gentle methods of stain removal, such as mild detergent and cold water.

Prep your washing machine.

Lastly, ensure your washing machine is ready to handle your weighted blanket. Check its load capacity before proceeding because an overloaded machine may damage your blanket and your washer. Commercial laundry facilities become a viable option if your blanket is too big or heavy for your machine.

Regarding weighted blankets, there’s no such thing as too much preparation. It seems like a chore, but proper preparation dramatically increases the chance that your blanket will maintain its quality throughout the cleaning process and continue to serve you well. So, prepare as much as possible before popping your weighted blanket into the washing machine.

Hand Washing Your Weighted Blanket

Many may still recommend the traditional method of washing – hand washing. I can’t stress enough the benefits this method has, especially when dealing with weighted blankets. It’s a gentle way of treating your comfy companion and can help maintain the quality for longer. Remember, your weighted blanket isn’t just any regular blanket.

So, let’s dive into the process – shall we?

Note: Always test your detergent on a small blanket area to ensure it doesn’t harm the fabric.

First, fill your bathtub or any large container with cool or warm water. Add a small amount of mild detergent to the mix. Submerge your blanket in the soapy mixture and gently agitate it. This allows the detergent to mix thoroughly with your blanket. Avoid twisting or wringing your blanket, as that can damage its structure or filling material.

Secondly, once you feel the blanket has been adequately cleaned, drain the soapy water and rinse with clean water to remove any remaining detergent. Remember that it may take several rounds of rinsing before all the detergent is out of the blanket.

Here’s an important fact—weighted blankets can become heavy when wet, multiple pounds heavier than their original weight. Hence, it would help if you carefully handled your blanket while wet to prevent any possible damage.

Lastly, drying can be a challenge. Gently squeeze the blanket to wring out as much water as possible. A good trick here is to lay the blanket flat on large towels and roll it up; this helps absorb more water. Then, unroll and hang your blanket up to dry. Avoid excessive heat when drying, as it can damage your weighted blanket.

Remember that hand washing is often the safest but most laborious method, perfect for those blankets that aren’t as suitable for the machine.

With this guide, rest assured that you have what it takes to hand wash your weighted blanket. Now, you can enjoy the long-lasting relaxation it brings without worrying about its care.

Machine Washing Your Weighted Blanket

Some weighted blankets are machine washable, providing a more straightforward and less labor-intensive cleaning method. However, before tossing your blanket into the washer, check the care label for washing instructions. Not all weighted blankets are built the same; some are machine washable, while others aren’t.

If machine washing is allowed, use a gentle cycle with cold water. Avoid harsh detergents as much as possible. Opt for gentle, fragrance-free soaps to maintain the quality of your blanket. It’s also a good idea to use a large-capacity washer to accommodate the blanket’s size and weight.

Caution! The blanket’s increased weight when wet may damage standard washing machines. As such, a commercial-sized washing machine might be the best option. It is also worth noting that smaller weighted blankets for kids are typically easier to wash in a regular home washing machine.

Drying your blanket after machine washing is just as important as the washing process itself. Avoid high heat at all costs to prevent the inner filling of your blanket from clumping together or becoming damaged. For the best results, air dry your blanket or tumble dry on a low-heat setting in your dryer.

If machine washing isn’t recommended for your blanket, don’t risk it! Please stick to the hand-washing method we discussed earlier. It might require more effort, but it’s worth it to ensure its longevity.

Let’s delve further into the appropriate drying techniques for your blanket post-wash.

Drying and Storing Your Weighted Blanket

Once you’ve completed the washing process, it’s crucial to dry your weighted blanket properly. This helps maintain the fabric’s quality and lifespan. Even though the process may seem tedious, it’s worth treating your blanket with care.

So, how do you do it efficiently? First, some blankets are safe for the dryer, depending on the weight and filling material. But remember to use a low heat setting. This approach is beneficial as it minimizes potential heat damage to the fibers and filling.

Air drying is a rule of thumb for heavier blankets or those with sensitive fillings like glass beads or organic materials. You can hang it outside on a sunny day or inside if the weather isn’t cooperating. Whichever location you choose, ensure it’s hung evenly to maintain its shape. Take care to use a strong clothesline or drying rack, as the weight of damp blankets can be hefty.

Now, let’s tackle storage. You might only use your weighted blanket occasionally year-round, so it’s essential to store it correctly when not in use. Wrong storage methods can damage or reduce your blanket’s effectiveness.

I advise folding and storing your weighted blanket in a cool, dry place. Avoid areas with high moisture, as it could encourage mold or mildew. If you’re using a bag or container for storage, ensure it’s big enough to house the blanket without compacting it too much. Remember, the goal is to keep it in prime condition and ready for your subsequent use.

Following these guidelines for drying and storing your blanket can significantly extend its lifespan and keep it in tip-top shape. It’s all about careful maintenance for long-lasting comfort. So take note and care for your weighted blanket, as you would any investment.


I’ve walked you through the key steps to care for your weighted blanket. Remember, proper drying and storage are just as crucial as washing. Whether using a low-heat dryer setting or air drying your blanket, it’s all about preserving its quality. And remember, storing your blanket in a dry, cool place is non-negotiable. Avoid those high-moisture areas that could potentially harm your blanket. By adhering to these guidelines, you’re not just cleaning a blanket. You’re ensuring its longevity and your continued comfort. So go ahead and give your weighted blanket the TLC it deserves.

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