How to Wash an Electric Blanket

Electric blankets, throws, and weighted blankets are our BFFs on a chilly evening or when recovering from an injury or illness. 

But what happens when your electric blanket starts to get a little dirty after all that use? 

Unfortunately, washing an electric blanket isn’t as intuitive as washing a comforter or your everyday sheets. 

It requires a more careful approach, so as not to damage the wiring inside the blanket.

So how exactly should you wash an electric blanket?

Can You Wash an Electric Blanket?

Yes, most modern electric blankets are machine wash friendly.

That said, most manufacturers do not recommend a full wash cycle, just use the “delicate” or “gentle” cycles for your machine, and use a small amount of mild laundry detergent.

First and foremost, check the manufacturer’s tags and any other information that came with your blanket. Your best bet is to follow the instructions listed there. 

Let’s dive right in to what you’ll need. 

What You Will Need

  • Laundry detergent
  • Washing Machine
  • Dryer
  • Clothesline/Drying Rack

How to Wash an Electric Blanket by Machine in 4 Easy Steps

  1. Prepare the blanket for washing (Things to look out for)

Your electric blanket will have a control cord that provides power through the power plug. 

Make sure to unplug and remove all cords and controls from your blanket before throwing it into the washer. 

If you notice the wire heating element has worn through the fabric, or the blanket itself is damaged in any way, do not wash it and discontinue using the blanket.

For older electric blankets that have a non-detachable control cord, DO NOT wash it in a washing machine and opt for hand wash instead. 

As always, be sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendation/product care label attached to your blanket.

  1. Add the Blanket into the Washing Machine

Try shaking out the blanket to get rid of the little fluffs and loose debris before putting it into the washer.

Evenly spread your blanket out around the drum of your washing machine. 

Almost always, the product care label will recommend soaking the blanket for anywhere between 5 to 15 minutes, and the ideal water temperature ranging from cold to warm.

  • If it’s not mentioned, we recommend soaking your electric blanket for 15 minutes max.

  1. Wash Briefly & Gently.

Set the washer to “gentle” or “delicate” wash cycle, add a little bit of mild detergent to it.

You can pre-soak it by pausing the wash cycle once the washer fills up with cold water. After soaking it, unpause it and allow it to run through the rinse and spin cycle.

  1. Dry Gently

Once the wash cycle ends. You can now dry off your electric blanket.

If you opt for using a dryer, it’s best to use it on cool or air-only settings. Leave it in the dryer for about 20 minutes, and then remove it while it’s still a little damp.

Finish off the drying process on a clothesline or a drying rack. 

DO NOT use high heat as it could shrink the blanket or damage the wire insulation.

How to Wash an Electric Blanket by Hand in 4 Easy Steps?

  1. Prepare the blanket for washing (Things to look out for)

Before you do anything, make sure to unplug your electric blanket and disconnect the cord.

For older electric blankets that have a non-detachable control cord, DO NOT put it in a washing machine and opt for handwashing instead.

Try shaking out the blanket to get rid of the little fluffs and loose debris before putting it into a tub to soak.

  1. Pre-soak the blanket

Fill up the tub with cold/lukewarm water (just enough for the blanket to move around freely).

Then add mild laundry detergent and swish your blanket around for a few minutes by hand to create a sudsy foam.

Make sure to submerge your blanket into the water completely (for older electric blankets with non-detachable control cord, keep that part out of the water).

Allow your blanket to soak in the soapy water for approximately 15 minutes.

  1. Washing the Blanket

After soaking for 15 minutes, gently squeeze the blanket one section at a time to remove dust and debris that accumulated over time. 

Once it’s done, rinse out the blanket under cold/lukewarm water and gently squeeze the material to remove excess water.

DO NOT wring out your blanket as this can damage the wires, instead gently squeeze the material one section at a time. 

  1. Drying Your Electric Bedspread

Once you’re finished hand washing your electric blanket and gently squeezed out the excess water. 

If you opt for using a dryer, it’s best to use it on cool or air-only settings. Leave it in the dryer for about 20 minutes, and then remove the blanket while it’s still a little damp.

Finish off the drying process on a clothesline or a drying rack. 

DO NOT use high heat for your electric blanket as it could shrink the blanket or damage the wire insulation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I iron my electric blanket?

Electric blankets should not be ironed. The iron’s heat can damage the wire’s insulation, if your blanket is wrinkled, just hang it up on a clothing line and let gravity pull out the wrinkles. 

What happens if an electric blanket gets wet?

If an electric blanket gets wet, make sure to dry it thoroughly by following the manufacturer’s recommendation. If you choose to use a dryer, DO NOT use the “high-heat” setting as it can damage the wire’s insulation. Instead, use the “cool” or “air-dry” settings. Alternatively, you could air dry it on a clothing line. 

How do you clean urine out of an electric blanket?

Before putting your electric blanket through the machine cycle, make sure to pre-soak it in cold water for 10-15minutes. This will help loosen the urine stains before the machine cycle. Use only a small amount of mild laundry detergent, DO NOT use bleach or any other chemicals.

Can you put an electric blanket in the dryer?

Yes you can put an electric blanket in the dryer. But only on “cool” or “air-dry” only settings. DO NOT dry your blanket on “high heat” settings as that could damage the internal wiring insulation.

Can you bring your electric blanket to the dry cleaners?

No, it’s not recommended for you to bring your electric blanket to the dry cleaners, despite the convenience factor. The chemicals used in the dry cleaning process can be damaging to the wire insulation inside your blanket. Commercial dryers can also be damaging towards the wiring.

Conclusion

An electric blanket can be a pricey investment to purchase, but it’s a worthwhile investment that can benefit you both mentally and physically. 

With so many weighted blankets out there, it can be difficult to choose which one will help you get the best night’s sleep. Luckily, we’ve rounded up some of the best weighted blankets you can buy.

To make this investment more rewarding and last longer, you have to give it the proper TLC when it comes to keeping it clean.

Now that you know how to safely and properly wash your blanket. It’s time to take action so you can go back to enjoying your blanket’s warm embrace. 

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