How To Wash a Weighted Blanket
If you've purchased a weighted blanket for yourself or a friend, you already know their incredible benefits. Weighted blankets can help you get a better night's sleep, reduce your anxiety, calm down a family member with sensory processing issues, and quite a bit more. Indeed, the benefits of weighted blankets have been proven by science in many different studies. Today, they're recommended by therapists for a wide variety of conditions and have become extremely popular.
Like any product, weighted blankets do have one or two small disadvantages. They're heavy, of course (which is one of the reasons they work so well). They're also bulky and take up a lot of storage space. One of their biggest drawbacks, however, is that weighted blankets are a bit difficult to wash. In this article, we'll take a look at this cleaning conundrum. We'll also show you some of the best ways to clean a weighted blanket (and keep it clean). So if you've got a weighted blanket that needs to be cleaned and you're fresh out of ideas, keep reading to find out How To Wash a Weighted Blanket. Enjoy.
How To Wash A Relax Eden Weighted Blanket
There are several brands of weighted blanket, as you might imagine. We have a bias towards our own, obviously, because we think it's the best overall. The nice thing about Relax Eden weighted blankets is that they come with a duvet cover, which, as you'll see below, makes it much easier to keep clean. All you need to do is remove the duvet cover and wash it separately, easy-peasy.
If you need to wash the entire Relax Eden weighted blanket, however, you should dry clean it only and then lay it flat to dry completely. For the duvet cover, you can machine wash it on cold and a gentle cycle and then hanging out to dry.
Why Are Weighted Blankets Difficult to Clean?
The thing about weighted blankets is that they need to be heavy to work correctly. And, to be heavy, most weighted blankets are stuffed with a heavy filler. That makes them difficult to wash in your home washing machine. Yes, if you have a big washer and a small-ish weighted blanket, it might work. But, if you have a regular washing machine and a sizeable weighted blanket, there's almost no way it will work, unfortunately.
Another thing to keep in mind is what, exactly, was used to fill your weighted blanket. The most popular filler is micro-glass beads, which can get wet and still be ok. So can plastic poly pellets and steel shot beads, all three of which won't be affected by water, soap, etc. On the other hand, some weighted blankets are filled with sand, rice, beans, and millet. If these fillings get wet, they can be challenging (if not impossible) to dry completely. Also, rice, beans, sand, and millet absorb water, making them ridiculously heavy. (They absorb sweat and other moisture too, which is why they aren't as popular, filling-wise.) Lastly, rice, beans, and millet can rot if not dried properly and completely. The smell from this can make them almost unusable, so getting them wet is not a good idea.
Most Weighted Blankets Under 10 Pounds Can Go in Your Home Washing Machine
We mentioned above that weighted blankets are difficult to clean because of their weight and bulk. However, if you have a weighted blanket that weighs 10 pounds or less, your home washing machine can probably handle it with no problem. You want to make sure that the filling is not one that can absorb water, of course. If your weighted blanket is filled with sand, rice, beans, millet, or anything else naturally absorbent, washing it in your home washing machine is off-limits. If you have a weighted blanket with glass microbeads, plastic poly pellets, or steel shot beads, you're all set. It's highly recommended that you read the tag on your weighted blanket to ensure that washing in your washing machine is recommended. Some manufacturers recommend dry cleaning, while others recommend a commercial washing machine.
Most Weighted Blankets Over 10 Pounds Should Be Washed in a Commercial Washing Machine
If you have a weighted blanket that weighs over 10 pounds, you should take it to a laundromat. There, you can use a commercial washing machine that's much bigger and more powerful than most home washing machines. Even better, you won't put a huge amount of stress and strain on your washing machine at home. (Actually, we recommend taking any weighted blanket to a commercial laundromat for the same reason.) However, like your washing machine at home, washing a weighted blanket filled with sand, millet, rice, or beans is not recommended even with a commercial washer.
What Settings Should You Use When Washing a Weighted Blanket?
Whether you use your home washing machine or a commercial washing machine at a laundromat, the settings you should use are pretty much the same. You should wash your weighted blanket on the gentle cycle, first off. That way, you won't damage or stress the materials and fibers used in it. Also, you should use either warm or cold water, never hot. You don't want to put any chlorine bleach in the washer either. Lastly, you can use your regular laundry detergent (no need for anything special).
What About Washing Weighted Blankets with Different Fabrics?
Like any blanket, weighted blankets are made with a wide variety of different materials. Those include cotton, Minky fur, linen blends, and fleece. Washing these types of materials isn't a problem for most washing machines, but there are some differences between them that you should note. Below are some basic instructions for washing weighted blankets with these types of fabrics and materials.
Linen Blend Weighted Blankets
Of all the materials that weighted blankets are made from, a linen blend is best left to dry cleaning. That's especially true if you have linen–rayon blend. However, some types of linen blends are OK to wash in the washing machine. As we mentioned above, washing it In warm or cold water is best, using regular laundry detergent.
Fleece Weighted Blankets
Many people love fleece because it's so comfortable and soft. It's also relatively easy to clean in your washing machine. Cold or warm water like the others is recommended, no chlorine bleach and on a low setting.
Minky Fur Weighted Blankets
Minky fur is also very soft and luxurious and, in most cases, very low maintenance. Again, cold or warm water on the gentle cycle is best. If you want to use bleach, make sure it doesn't have any chlorine.
Cotton Weighted Blankets
Cotton is one of the most popular materials used to make weighted blankets. It's also one of the easiest types of materials to wash in your washing machine at home. We suggest that you mix in a cup of vinegar when you wash it the first time. This will lock in the color and keep them from "bleeding." Also, as with all other weighted blankets, you should wash them alone so that the fabric doesn't get damaged. (And so you don't overwhelm your washing machine.)
How To Dry a Weighted Blanket
Using a Dryer
Once it's been washed, some manufactures allow to put their weighted blanket in your dryer. Once again, It's highly recommended that you read the tag on your weighted blanket! If it is allowed, you can put your weighted blanket in your dryer on tumble dry, low setting. One thing to keep in mind when drying your weighted blanket is that you should never use high heat. High heat can cause problems for the integrity of your weighted blanket in some cases, and also wears out the fabrics faster. You also want to make sure that there's enough room in your dryer for the weighted blanket to get excellent circulation. If it doesn't have enough space at home, you might want to take it to a laundromat and use a commercial dryer. (Or start there and use a commercial washer also.) One other reason to not use high heat on the dryer is if your weighted blanket is filled with plastic poly pellets, which can melt.
Hang or Lay Flat to Dry
You can, of course, also hang your weighted blanket outside in the sun to dry. (We suggest asking someone for help because it's going to be quite heavy and bulky.) Air drying is also the best choice if your weighted blanket is filled with metal beads or any other type of metal material, which can damage your dryer. Certain fabrics, especially fleece, can also peel if placed in the dryer. If you have a weighted blanket made with fleece, hanging it in the sun to dry is your best choice. Keep in mind that if your weighted blanket isn't baffled, the material may shift to one side when you hang it. If that's the case, laying it on a flat surface to dry may be best. (Baffles are vertical walls of fabric that are sewn inside many weighted blankets. They keep the filling spread out uniformly.) No matter how you dry it, you should make sure that your weighted blanket is 100% dry before using it again. That way, it won't have any problems with mold or mildew in the future.
Do Not Iron Your Weighted Blanket
It's unlikely that most people will want to iron their weighted blanket after it's been washed. (Let's be honest, it's not like you're going to wear it to go out.) That being said, if you're the type of person that likes to iron everything, we suggest you leave your weighted blanket alone. It's simply not good for the material and not necessary. Also, if your weighted blanket is filled with plastic poly pellets, they can melt.
How To Spot Clean Your Weighted Blanket
Your weighted blanket will inevitably get a stain or two here and there. That's especially true if you use it all the time like most people. If you spill coffee, wine, soda, or any other drink on your way to blanket, here's what to do:
- First, pre-soak it in gentle detergent and warm water. This will loosen the stain. We recommend about 30 minutes.
- Next, if it's a bad stain, you can use a non-chlorine bleach to reduce it and hopefully remove it completely. (Simply look for a bleach that says it's "safe for colors.")
- Lastly, you can lightly scrub the stain before putting it in the washing machine or taking it to your local laundromat.
Purchase a Duvet Cover For Your Weighted Blanket
One last suggestion for keeping your weighted blanket clean is to purchase a duvet cover. That way, when you need to wash it, all you have to do is take off the duvet cover instead of washing the entire blanket. It's much easier, lighter, and less stress and strain on your washing machine and dryer. Also, It will help your weighted blanket to last much longer.
Weighted blankets are fantastic for so many reasons. Washing them can be a little bit of a pain, no doubt, but it's not impossible. If you follow the steps and suggestions above, you should keep your weighted blanket clean all year long. That includes our fave weighted blanket, Relax Eden, which has a duvet cover that's easy to remove and wash. (It also protects your weighted blanket quite nicely.) If you have any questions about weighted blankets or need any help, please let us know.