If you are like me (I’m almost always too cold) then your electric blanket is your BFF-at least until you realize that it has been stored in the back of your closet since last year and has never been cleaned. Washing your electric blanket may seem like a risky challenge due to the wiring through it, but it’s not really that hard, a bit fastidious, sure, but it’s worth having a blanket as clean and cool as hot.
If your blanket has been a staple in your home forever or you are considering buying an electric blanket and worrying about the cleaning process, here’s all you need to know.
How to Wash an Electric Blanket by hand
First of all, before you do anything, make sure that your blanket is disconnected and that you disconnect the cable from the blanket to avoid any damage. Once you check that all cables are disconnected, fill a tub with warm water (enough so that the blanket can move freely, according to the ehow), so how much water you add will depend on the size of your blanket. Then add a mild detergent to wash the clothes and rotate by hand until the water is sudsy. Finally, add your blanket and let it soak for 15 minutes.
When the blanket is soaked, gently squeeze the blanket for one minute, then Sacúla of the sudsy water and rinse. Gently squeeze the blanket to remove excess water, but do not drain.
How to Wash an Electric Blanket by machine
If hand washing is not your thing, you can wash electric blankets, you just have to do it cautiously. For that, you have some options.
Sunbeam suggests pre-soak your electric blanket in cold water with mild soap for 15 minutes before washing. Once soaked, wash the blanket in mild soap and water in the setting “gentle ” or “soft ” for 2 minutes. Then rinse with fresh, cold water and let it dry.
According to the ehow, you can also start by filling the washer with warm water (make sure it is set “soft ” or “gentle “) and detergent and let the washer stir for a minute. After this is done, stop the washer and add the blanket, allowing you to soak for 15 minutes with the washer off. Then rotate the washer back for 2 minutes and eject through the rinse and centrifugation cycles.
Despite what you might think, you can actually dry electric blankets in a dryer, at least partially. Just be careful to use a low setting, which means you should avoid commercial laundries and dryers as they tend to get too hot and can damage the wiring of the blanket. Sunbeam suggests turning your dryer to the low position for 2 minutes, then put on your blanket and let it dry (still low) for 10 minutes. After that, you will have to hang it to dry.
If you can not use a dryer or just prefer not, you can dry your blanket from the beginning, but the steps are the same. Be sure to gently stretch the blanket to its original shape and size and hang it on a clothesline, and observe: According to Sunbeam, never use tweezers.
Be sure not to use the electric blanket again until it is completely dry, or it may damage the wiring.
- Do not use bleach or other cleaning fluids, simply mild detergent.
- Don’t iron your electric blanket.
- Do not dry the electric blankets or the heating pads, since the solvents used may damage the cables.
- Do not use mothball spray or other aerosols on your electric blanket.
- Never immerse the blanket controller in water.