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How to Wash a Weighted Blanket

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Are you wondering how to wash a weighted blanket? The manufacturer’s tag usually offers the best advice. However, you wouldn’t be reading this article now if you already knew what to do. So, here you are with your dirty laundry and no place to go.

It’s a cliche, but it’s true: Not all weighted blankets are created equal. The instructions in this article should make it easier for you to clean your weighted blanket fast. The guide will apply to most weighted blankets available on the market. In addition to our tips, use your common sense. After all, it’s difficult to reverse the damage once it’s done.

How to Wash a Weighted Blanket

Before you clean your weighted blanket, the first thing you need to know is whether it’s machine-washable. Next, you want to know how much weight your washing machine can handle, aka its washing capacity. If the weighted blanket is ten pounds and the washing machine can handle 20 pounds, then your washer can probably handle the job with no problem.

Furthermore, you need to know the fill material in the weighted blanket. Different brands and types of weighted blankets follow a different set of rules. The two most common fillings are micro glass beads and plastic poly pellets; some weighted blankets use both in varying percentages. Cotton and fleece are also common materials used in weighted blankets.

The point here is: You can wash most weighted blankets in the washing machine like your regular blanket. Why? Cotton is the dominant material in almost all the best weighted blankets in Australia. Thus, cleaning them is not a big deal. However, weighted blankets with steel shot beads, millet hulls, or rice fillings are not machine-washable.

Sometimes, the tag of a weighted blanket with glass beads will indicate that it’s not machine washable. How should you wash a weighted blanket with glass beads if this is the case? You may want to manually clean the blanket using detergent soap and water. For tough stains, use an old toothbrush to spot-clean.

How to Dry a Weighted Blanket

Here’s how it works:

When you dry a weighted blanket, you want to avoid using dryer sheets, as they will stick to the fabric. Instead, put your weighted blanket in the dryer on high with wool dryer balls. These dryer balls will decrease wrinkles and encourage the fabric to dry evenly.

Alternatively, lay your weighted blanket on a flat surface and let it air dry. If you choose to air dry a weighted blanket, flip it every so often to allow the blanket to dry evenly. Opt for a clothesline instead if you don’t have a large enough flat surface. Distribute its weight evenly so that the material will thoroughly dry.

F.A.Q.

How often should you clean a weighted blanket?

How often you clean a weighted blanket depends on how frequently you use it. For example, if you use your blanket every day, you should clean it regularly. At the least, you should wash your weighted blanket every three to four weeks. If you don’t use your weighted blanket often, you may be able to get away with washing it every one to three months.

How do you preserve a weighted blanket?

Using a cover is the best way to protect and prolong your weighted blanket’s life. A duvet can also cover a weighted blanket and straighten it, evenly distributing the weight. It isn’t very pleasant when all the glass beads pile into one corner and prevent you from enjoying the anti-insomnia benefits of your weighted blanket (1).

Conclusion

So, now you know how to wash a weighted blanket. Weighted blankets with glass beads and plastic poly pellets are machine-washable, so cleaning them is easy. Simply wash them in the washing machine and then hang them to dry. Before washing your weighted blanket, ensure your washing machine can handle its weight.

You may want to opt for a manual clean with other filling materials. An old toothbrush with some soft detergent or cleaning paste is usually enough to remove stains. Throw in some odor-eliminating, antibacterial spray, and you’re done. Note: Avoid harsh chemicals, bleach, or softeners.

If you have any tips or questions about how to clean a weighted blanket, feel free to leave a comment below.

References:

  1. Harvard Health Publishing (March 1, 2019). Anxiety and stress weighing heavily at night? A new blanket might help. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/anxiety-and-stress-weighing-heavily-at-night-a-new-blanket-might-help

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