By: Karlton G. Kemerait

Washing A Weighted Blanket

Cleaning And Care Of A Weighted Blanket

Can I use my home washing machine? Do I need to take it to a dry cleaner? Should I hang it out in the sun to air dry? Do I need to take it down to the local river bed and beat it with a rock?
Weighted Blanket Washing Machine

Generally speaking, most weighted blankets can be machine washed and dried in your home. There are a few guidelines and things to be aware of and I’ll do my best to provide a comprehensive list for you here.

Size, Weight And Machine Type

There are two basic types of washing machines, top-loading machines, and front-loading machines. Most top-loading machines have a center agitator to help move your clothing around in the water. On older machines or if your blanket is exceptionally large or heavy, i.e. queen or king-size or 20 pounds or more, this agitator can become damaged and so taking your blanket to a laundromat and using a front-loading machine is probably the best choice. On newer machines or front-loading machines that do not have an agitator, this is not typically an issue.

Should I Dry Clean My Blanket?

Most weighted blankets are made using quilting cotton and sometimes have a Minky (polyester) fabric on the reverse side. Neither of these fabrics typically needs to be dry cleaned and machine washing should be just fine. If you have a blanket made with other materials or have one with adornments made from leather or other materials you may need to have it dry cleaned, but always check with the manufacturer for specific instructions.

Water Temperature, Detergent, And Softener

Treat your weighted blanket like a delicate fabric. Wash in warm or cool water, use a mild detergent on a gentle cycle and avoid using any type of softener, either in the wash or dry cycle. Most important, do not use any type of bleach. Drying can be done either in a dryer or by hanging your blanket outside to dry in the sun and fresh air. If drying indoors, use a cool or warm temperature and a gentle cycle. If drying it outside, make certain it is completely dry. A weighted blanket can take a fair amount of time to dry and you don’t want to leave it wet or damp.

Some Special Notes

  • Filling Material – If your blanket is weighted using organic material such as rice or beans you probably need to get special instructions from the manufacturer before cleaning.
  • Leaking Pellets or Beads – If your blanket is leaking any filler material like plastic pellets or glass beads or sand, please DO NOT put it into the washer or dryer or you may end up with a large repair bill if it breaks open and dumps sand into your washing machine!

Can Plastic Pellets Melt In The Dryer?

Absolutely not! Any decent grade of plastic pellets used in a weighted blanket will NOT melt in your dryer. Polypropylene plastic typically has a melting point of around 300 degrees Fahrenheit and most home dryers only get to be around 125 to 135 degrees. If it was hot enough to melt the pellets, your clothes would be on fire 🙂

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