Hey Mama! Have a weighted blanket that needs to be cleaned? Here’s a complete guide on how to clean a weighted blanket.
How to Clean a Weighted Blanket
First things first, it’s important to check the tag on your blanket before you begin. There you will find the specific care intructions you will need to follow when cleaning your blanket. Some weighted blankets are machine washable, while others require hand washing or dry cleaning.
If the care label says “dry clean only,” then make sure to take the blanket to a professional dry cleaner! Failing to do so probably isn’t a good idea and may result in a messed up blanket.
If your blanket is machine washable, start by removing the outer cover or duvet covers that may be on the blanket. Many weighted blankets come with a removable cover. These can typically be washed separately in the washing machine.
Next, add the blanket to the washing machine. Be sure to use a gentle laundry detergent and set the machine to a gentle cycle with cool or cold water. Avoid using hot water or a high-speed spin cycle! This can damage the blanket’s filling and stitching. To be extra cautious, I even avoid using warm water. The colder, the better!
After the cycle is complete, remove the blanket from the washing machine and hang it up to air dry. Avoid putting it in the dryer, as the heat can also damage the blanket’s filling and stitching.
If your weighted blanket cannot be machine washed, you’ll need to hand wash it. Fill a large tub or bathtub with cool water and add a small amount of mild detergent. Gently swish the blanket around in the water, being careful not to agitate it too much.
After the blanket has been washed, drain the water and refill the tub with clean water. Rinse the blanket thoroughly to ensure that all the soap has been removed.
Once the blanket is clean, gently squeeze out any excess water and hang it up to air dry. Again, avoid putting it in the dryer or using any heat to dry it.
If your blanket has any stains or spots that won’t come out with regular washing, the best way to clean it is by spot cleaning it with a mild detergent, dish soap, or stain remover and a soft-bristled brush. Be sure to rinse the area thoroughly and hang the blanket up to air dry once you’re done.
Cleaning a weighted blanket is a simple process, but it’s important to follow the washing instructions on the label and handle the blanket with care. With regular cleaning and proper maintenance, your weighted blanket will last for years to come!
Can You Machine Wash Weighted Blankets?
Absolutely! Many weighted blankets can be machine washed, but it depends on the specific blanket’s care instructions.
Some weighted blankets come with a removable cover that can be machine washed separately from the inner weighted part. If your blanket has a removable cover, then you can simply unzip it and throw it in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with cold water and mild detergent.
However, if your blanket does not have a removable cover, then you’ll need to be a bit more careful when washing it. Make sure to read the care instructions on the label or check the manufacturer’s website before washing.
In general, it’s recommended to hand wash or spot clean weighted blankets that do not have a removable cover to avoid damaging the weighted filling inside. If you do need to machine wash your blanket, use a large commercial-sized machine and a gentle cycle with cold water and mild detergent.
Just make sure to remember to always check the care instructions for your specific weighted blanket before washing to ensure you’re taking the best care of it possible.
Can You Put Weighted Blankets In the Dryer?
I totally understand the struggle of laundry day with all those blankets and bedding. So, to answer your question, it really depends on the specific weighted blanket you have.
Some weighted blankets are machine washable and dryer safe, while others require special care. Before tossing your blanket in the dryer, be sure to check the care instructions on the label or manufacturer’s website.
If your blanket is safe for the dryer, it’s important to use the right settings. Use a low or medium heat setting and avoid high heat as it can damage the weighted pellets inside the blanket. In my opinions the best option is to dry it on the low heat setting in order to prevent any damage.
Also, make sure to remove the blanket from the dryer promptly once it’s done to prevent the pellets from overheating or melting. And, as always, be sure to follow the care instructions for your specific blanket to ensure it lasts as long as possible.
How Do You Hand Wash a 20lb Blanket?
Let’s be honest, hand washing heavy blankets does not sound fun. But don’t worry, I’ve got some tips to help make the process a little easier.
- Make sure you have a large, clean bathtub or sink to wash the blanket in. Fill the tub or sink with lukewarm water and add a gentle detergent, such as a mild laundry detergent or a specialty detergent made for weighted blankets.
- Next, gently submerge the entire blanket in the water and use your hands to swish it around. Avoid wringing or twisting the blanket, as this can damage the weighted pellets inside.
- After a few minutes of soaking and swishing, drain the water and refill the tub or sink with clean water. Use your hands to rinse the blanket thoroughly, making sure to remove all of the detergent.
- Once the blanket is rinsed, use your hands to press out as much water as possible. Avoid squeezing or wringing the blanket, as this can damage the weighted pellets.
- Finally, lay the blanket flat on a clean surface to dry.
And that’s it, mama! With a little bit of patience and care, you can hand wash your 20lb weighted blanket and have it looking and feeling fresh and clean again.
How Long Does it Take for a Weighted Blanket to Dry?
As a general rule of thumb, it can take anywhere from 2-6 hours for a weighted blanket to air dry completely. However, if you’re using a dryer on low or medium heat, it can take around 30-60 minutes to dry.
The drying time for a weighted blanket can vary depending on a few factors, such as the size of the blanket, the material it’s made from, and the humidity and temperature of your home.
It’s important to make sure that the blanket is completely dry before you use it again, as any dampness can lead to musty odors and the growth of bacteria or mold. You can test whether your blanket is dry by giving it a good sniff – if it smells musty or damp, it’s not quite dry yet.
To speed up the drying process, you can use a fan to circulate air around the blanket or hang it outside on a sunny day (if the material is suitable for outdoor use).
What is Inside a Weighted Blanket?
Most weighted blankets are filled with either small, plastic pellets or glass beads. These pellets are evenly distributed throughout the blanket to provide a consistent weight and pressure.
Some blankets may also include organic materials such as rice, beans, or sand. However, these materials are less common as they can be more difficult to clean and maintain.
The weight of a weighted blanket can vary depending on the size and design, but typically ranges from 5-30 pounds. The weight is carefully calculated to provide a comforting and calming sensation without feeling too heavy or restrictive.
The outer layer of the blanket is usually made from a soft and durable material, such as cotton, flannel, or minky. This helps to keep the pellets contained and prevent them from shifting or bunching up.
Why You Should Wash Your Weighted Blanket
1. Keeps it clean
First and foremost, washing your weighted blanket helps to keep it clean and hygienic. Over time, your blanket can collect sweat, oils, and dead skin cells, which can create a breeding ground for bacteria and unpleasant odors. Gross, right?
2. Extends its lifespan
Washing your blanket on a regular basis can also help to extend the life of your blanket. Without proper cleaning, the pellets inside the blanket can become misshapen or clumped together, which can affect the overall weight distribution and effectiveness of the blanket.
3. Allergy relief
Another reason to wash your weighted blanket is for allergy relief. Dust mites, pet hair, and other allergens can accumulate on the surface of the blanket, which can cause discomfort and irritation for those with allergies or sensitive skin.
4. More comfortable
Finally, washing your weighted blanket can simply make it feel and smell fresher. There’s nothing quite like snuggling up in a clean and cozy blanket, and washing it regularly can help you achieve that sensation.
So, there you have it, mama! Regularly washing your weighted blanket is an important part of keeping it clean, hygienic, and comfortable for you and your family.
The Benefits of Using a Weighted Blanket
1. Reduces stress
For one, it can promote relaxation and reduce stress. The weight of the blanket provides deep pressure stimulation, which can help increase the production of serotonin and dopamine. These are two neurotransmitters that are associated with feelings of calm and relaxation.
2. Better sleep
Another great benefit is that it can help improve sleep quality. If you struggle with getting a good night’s sleep, a weighted blanket might be able to help. The deep pressure stimulation can help reduce restlessness and promote a deeper, more restful sleep.
3. Can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
Using a weighted blanket can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. This is because it can promote feelings of calm and relaxation, which can be so helpful when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
One of the best things about using a weighted blanket, in my opinion, is the sense of comfort and security it provides. The added weight can provide a feeling of being hugged or held, which can be soothing and comforting.
Do you use a weighted blanket? If so, how has the cleaning process been for you? Let me know in the comments below!