How to Wash An Electric Blanket: The Three Best Ways

How to Wash An Electric Blanket: The Three Best Ways

How to Wash An Electric Blanket: The Three Best Ways
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Having an electric blanket can both be a blessing and a curse, but the good thing is that 90% of the time, it is actually a blessing. The remaining 10% is spent on the question: how to wash an electric blanket? Like it or not, you really have to give your trusty electric blanket a good washing for it to function properly.

So, how do you really wash it properly? For most electrical blankets, they can be either hand-washed and machine-washed. The latter option can really be convenient. Yet, if you do it the wrong way, you might end up destroying the blanket. The same goes for hand-washing; you should know if you are being too rough or too gently.

At the same time, there is a third way that not a lot of people know about. As you can see in the title above, we are going to give you the three best ways on how to wash an electric blanket. Aside from that, we are also going to give you some tips and tricks on how to maintain it. Are you ready to tackle the 10%? Then keep on reading.

What Is An Electric Blanket?

Before you get your hands dirty, let us first talk about what an electric blanket is. Knowing its essence will surely give you a deeper understanding on how gentle or rough you can be with certain parts of the blanket. More than that, you can also know what you did wrong in the event that you destroy it. But then again, we hope that you do not ruin your blanket.

An electric blanket is just like any regular blanket except it has electrical heating wires. Its forms can be that of a duvet, an over blanket, or an under blanket. Its main purpose is to produce heat for you to be comfortable while you sleep, especially during the winter season.

Other than that, it is also used by some people as some type of aid when it comes to their insomnia or anxiety problems that they experience in between their sleep cycle.

An extension to the electric blanket is, of course, the control pad. This is where you can set your desired temperature. For bigger electric blankets, there are two control pads. Therefore, there can also be two different heat setting in just one electric blanket. Amazing, right?

Now that we have settled that, let us take a look at the different ways of cleaning an electric blanket.

How to Wash An Electric Blanket

First things first, when washing an electric blanket, you should use a mild detergent. Other than this cleaning agent, you should not use harsh chemicals such as bleach too. Doing so might destroy your blanket.

Now that that’s out of the way, here are the different ways to wash an electric blanket:

Hand Wash

  • Disconnect the electrical cord. Check that all cords are completely disconnected.
  • Fill a basin or a tub with lukewarm water. Estimate how much water to put based on the size of your blanket. Make sure there is still room for the blanket to move.
  • Add the mild detergent and swish around the water using your hand to make it bubbly.
  • Add the blanket.
  • Let it soak for 15 minutes.
  • After soaking, squeeze it gently, but do not wring it.
  • Squeeze it several times to remove the soap.
  • Rinse it with water, until the water runs clear.
  • Gently squeeze it over and over again until it is not so wet anymore.
  • Hang it out to dry, but not under direct sunlight. Let the wind do its thing.

Machine Wash

  • Disconnect all electrical cords.
  • Make sure that all the heating elements are in the right position and are not showing through the fabric.
  • Check your instruction manual for the specific spin settings.
  • If it does not have one, set it on delicate.
  • Pre-soak the blanket for 15 minutes.
  • Wash it on the delicate or gentle cycle for only five minutes.
  • Do not use the dryer.
  • Take it out while it is still damp and stretch it gently.
  • Air dry the blanket without exposure to direct sunlight.

Quick Clean

  • Remove all electrical cords and tuck in all exposed heating elements.
  • Mix three parts water and two parts fabric conditioner in a spray bottle.
  • Spray the mixture over the blanket evenly. Do not soak the blanket, just do an even layer.
  • Let the layer dry and spray it again with a second layer.
  • This time, follow up with a soft cloth or microfiber cloth. Wipe down the surface gently.
  • To dry the blanket, use a sponge to soak up the wet parts.
  • Let it air dry without exposing it to direct sunlight.

Tips and Tricks on How to Take Care of an Electric Blanket

Here are some tips to help you take better care of your electric blanket:

  • Do not iron the electric blanket.
  • Never take the dry clean route.
  • Always check the heating elements of the blanket. They should not be seen through the fabric.
  • Do not bunch it up or fold it too much.
  • Never use it on water beds.
  • Always secure the wire insulation so as not to be chewed by pets or played with by kids.
  • Always turn it off when not in use.
  • Do not submerge the controller in water.
  • Never “pre-heat” the blanket right before going to bed.
  • When not in use, store in a climate-controlled and dry environment.
  • Always check for cracks in the controls or strips on the wire. If there are some, replace the blanket.
  • Make sure that you master the controls and never let other people who are not familiar with it operate it.

Final Words

After everything that has been said and done, it is sad to say that there are really no shortcuts to cleaning an electric blanket. Even if you take the machine wash route, you will still have to work on the electric blanket manually.

In the end, you just really have to deal with it like you are supposed to as it is the only way to ensure that the electric blanket is properly cleaned. When you think of it, this slight inconvenience is actually worth it because it means that you are extending the life of your blanket.

For just a few minutes of manually tackling the blanket, you get a month’s worth of restful sleep. It is not that bad, right?