Do you want to know how to clean your electric blanket? I bet the answer is yes. To be honest, if you’re like me and use it year-round, then by now it’s probably looking a little shabby. If that’s the case, don’t worry! Today we’re going to show you how easy it is to give your electric blanket a deep-down clean.
Cleaning by Machine
This is the easiest method by far! All you need to do is toss it into your washing machine gently with a bit of detergent and run as usual. Then, when complete just pop it in the dryer for 20 minutes or hang up to air-dry if preferred. Easy peasy!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Electric blanket
- Mild detergent
- Washing machine or laundry line/rack and dryer (optional)
If you have a front-loading washing machine, make sure to place your electric blanket in a mesh bag before popping it into the wash. This will prevent it from bunching up on one corner of your blanket which can lead to damage and will also prevent any damage to your washing machine.
Step 1: Remove from your bed
Unplug the blanket and remove it from your bed. If you have a king-sized electric blanket, there’s a good chance that placing it in the washing machine would be too big for your load size. Don’t worry though! We’ve got another way to clean this beast coming up…
Step 2: Pre-treat
If your electric blanket has any stains or smells, you’ll want to pre-treat them before putting it in the wash. We would recommend using a natural stain treatment like BioKleen Bac-Out Stain & Odor Eliminator, though if this isn’t available then grab yourself some cheap white vinegar and use that instead.
Step 3: Wash
Simply toss it in the wash on a cold cycle and use your preferred amount of detergent. If you’re using BioKleen Bac-Out Stain & Odor Eliminator, simply follow the instructions to pretreat stains before washing as usual. Then, with your electric blanket still wet from its pre-treatment, take out a bucket and fill it with warm water. Soak your blanket in the water for an hour or so, then wring it out until damp (not wet) before popping into a front-loader if you have one, otherwise place on top of another load to dry.
Finally, when complete just pop it back onto your bed!
Cleaning by Hand
When you’re in a pinch, or just want to get down and dirty, hand-washing your electric blanket is the way to go.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A large bowl of warm water
- Dish soap
- Kitchen tongs
- Large towel (for drying)
- Ironing board (optional)
All that sounds like too much work? You could always just flip your blanket over and give it a good vacuum.
Gather up your materials and give the blanket a good shake outside to get rid of as much dust as possible.
Fill a large bowl with warm water, making sure it’s not too hot. Add in just enough dish soap so that you have suds without any bubbles. Next, fully submerge your electric blanket into the bowl and let it soak for about thirty minutes.
Once you’ve got some time on your hands, grab those tongs again. This time we’ll be using them to gently lift the blanket out of the soapy water. As you do this, try not to agitate or twist as that can cause damage. Simply use your tongs to lift it out and place it on a clean, dry towel.
Now we’re going to grab our ironing board (or another hard surface) and lay the blanket down flat. Then, while still damp use your hands or an old toothbrush with soap suds to slowly work the cleaner into all those hard-to-reach crevices.
Once you’ve gotten all the soap suds worked out, it’s time to dry! Grab a towel and lay your blanket down on top of it. Then roll up the sides while gently squeezing as much water out as possible. Now unroll, let soak for a few minutes, and repeat.
Now you’re ready to finish up! All that’s left is to hang or layout your blanket flat on a clean surface, this time with the finished side facing down, to air-dry completely. We suggest laying it outside for extra freshness if possible. Once dry, simply stuff it back in its storage bag and plug it back into the wall.
How Often to Clean an Electric Blanket?
An electric blanket can be a pain to clean, so you may be asking yourself how often should I do this?
Truthfully, the answer is as much or as little as you want. Some people might wash their blankets once every six months while others will throw them in the washing machine every few weeks. The best thing to remember here is that you should only wash an electric blanket when it starts to smell or your pre-treat laundry solution isn’t cutting through the grime.
How do I avoid damaging my Electric Blanket?
The best way to keep your electric blanket in good condition is by making sure that you don’t overdo washing and drying cycles. These can be hard on the fibers and can cause them to break down over time.
Storing an Electric Blanket
If you’re planning to store your electric blanket for the summer or winter, make sure that you follow these simple guidelines:
Keep it in its original storage bag. This will help protect it from dust and other particles. Store on a shelf, away from direct sunlight if possible. Avoid damp basements and attics as this can cause mold.
Don’t let your electric blanket get too hot during storage. This can cause damage to the internal wiring and could even be a fire hazard. So, if you’re storing it over the summer or winter make sure that you give it at least 24 hours to cool before packing away.
Now we’ve got all of those pesky questions covered!
When cleaning your electric blanket, you want to avoid agitating it as much as possible. This can be done by removing the plug before washing and air-drying completely after each wash cycle. Then store in a cool dry location or inside its original storage bag when not in use. If you follow this simple guide your blanket should last for years to come!
Now that we’ve got the basics covered, keep an eye out for our next blog post where we’ll be covering different ways to clean your heated mattress pad. We promise it’s not as complicated as you might think.
As always, thank you so much for stopping by and reading. If there are any other topics or questions you’d like answered, please leave them in the comments below!