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How to Wash a Blanket

How to Wash a Blanket

From decorative blankets to duvet covers, blankets tend to be high-traffic household items. Before you snuggle up on the sofa with your favorite cozy throw blanket, read through our top tips for how to wash blankets.

Now that you know how to wash blankets, you’re ready to add them into your regular laundry day rotation

Washing a Blanket in a Washing Machine

Before you wash blankets in a washing machine, check the care label. What washer settings you use for blankets can differ based on material. If your blanket is made of cotton, you should be able to toss it in with like-colors as part of a normal wash cycle. These types of blankets can also be washed with fabric softener.

What mode you wash a blanket on is also important. To wash a wool blanket, make sure to select a delicate setting on your washing machine and set the water temperature to cold. Using this setting to wash blankets will help ensure the wool doesn't get damaged.

Blanket Cleaning Frequency

While you may wash your sheets every week, how often you should wash your blankets will depend on how often you use them. It’s a good idea to wash when obviously soiled with stains or odor, and at least weekly for otherwise. Things like baby blankets and pet blankets may require additional washes or gentle laundry detergent.

How to Make a Sherpa Blanket Soft Again

Follow these easy tips for how to care for and wash your sherpa blanket for snuggly softness:

  • Wash the Blanket: The first step in making a sherpa blanket soft again is to wash it. Before washing your sherpa blanket, make sure to read the care label on the blanket. Wash the sherpa blanket separately to avoid any snagging or damage from zippers, buttons, or other items, and don't overload the washing machine with too many items.
  • Use a Gentle Cycle: When you're ready to wash the sherpa blanket, set the washing machine to a gentle or delicate cycle. This will prevent the fibers from getting damaged.
  • Use Cold Water: Use cold water for washing the sherpa blanket. Hot water can damage the fibers and cause the blanket to shrink.
  • Use Fabric Softener: Snuggle® fabric softeners are designed to coat fibers in the fabric, leaving blankets softer. Add Snuggle® fabric softeners during the washing part of your laundry cycle and enjoy the snuggly softness.
  • Dry with Low Heat: Avoid using high heat to dry the sherpa blanket, as it can damage the fibers. Use a low heat or air dry cycle instead. Once the wash cycle is complete, avoid using high heat for drying the sherpa blanket. Use a low heat or air dry cycle instead, and make sure to remove it from the dryer as soon as it's dry to avoid any heat damage.
  • Fluff the Blanket: Once the sherpa blanket is dry, fluff it up with your hands to restore its softness and fluffy texture. Once the sherpa blanket is dry, use your hands to fluff up the fibers and restore their softness.
  • Brush the Fibers: You can use a soft-bristled brush or comb to brush the fibers gently. This can help remove any tangles or matting and restore the softness.
  • Store Properly: To maintain the softness of the sherpa blanket, store it in a dry, cool place away from direct sunlight and heat. Avoid storing it in a plastic bag, as this can trap moisture and cause the fibers to become less fluffy.

Tips for Drying Blankets

For well-loved blankets, it may be best to air dry to minimize any additional wear and tear. And, as important as it is to check the care label before putting a blanket in the washer, the same holds true for putting it in a dryer.

If you decide to dry your blanket with an electric dryer, be sure to choose a low heat setting. For a wool blanket, avoid the tumble dryer and opt for air-drying, being mindful to keep it out of direct sunlight.

Now that you know how to wash a blanket, you’re ready to add them into your regular laundry day rotation.

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