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  • The Ultimate Guide to Washing Blankets: Frequency and Tips

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    The Ultimate Guide to Washing Blankets Frequency and Tips

    Looking for the best way to wash blankets?

    Get tips on how often you should be washing and cleaning your blankets, along with some helpful advice from our experts.

    There's nothing quite like the cozy embrace of a fresh, clean blanket after a long day.


    But the big question that often lingers in our minds is: how often should we wash blankets, and how should we do it? 

    This guide is for everyone who cherishes their bedtime, cuddle moments, or loves wrapping themselves in a warm, soft blanket while watching their favorite shows.

    Blankets are our soft spot, quite literally, and we know you feel the same way!

    As your trusted blanket and wash expert, it's time we delve into the delightful world of washing blankets - how often to do it, and those handy tricks to keep every blanket, comforter, quilt, and throw in your house looking and feeling fabulous. 

    So, grab your coziest blanket, sit back, and get ready to become a blanket-caring superstar!

    Washing Frequency: The Golden Rule

    So, the burning question – how often should we wash our blankets? Well, the blanket rule (pun absolutely intended!) is: it depends on the use.

    Daily Use Blankets: If it's your go-to couch companion or bedtime buddy, you should aim for a wash every one to two weeks. Regular washing helps keep the fabric fresh and free from dirt, sweat, and those pesky snack crumbs.

    Guest Room Blankets or Less Used Throws: These can be washed every two to three months, or after each guest visit. They are less frequently used, so they don't accumulate dirt as quickly.

    Decorative Blankets: These beauties mainly add an aesthetic touch to your space and are infrequently used. You can wash them every 3 to 6 months, or if they get stained or dusty.

    Bed Sheets:For your bed sheets, you might be surprised to learn that they should be washed more frequently. Dermatologists generally recommend washing bed sheets once a week to remove dirt and skin cells that can trigger breakouts and aggravate allergies.

    Comforters and duvet cover:comforters and covers, however, come in less contact with our bodies than sheets and can be washed less frequently. Once every three months should be sufficient unless there's a spill or stain.

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    The Right Way to Wash Different Types of Blankets

    Different blankets require different care, and using the right method can significantly extend their lifespan and keep them looking new for longer.

    Cotton Blankets

    The staple of any household, cotton blankets are durable and easy to clean. They can be washed in warm or cold water with a gentle detergent. If your blanket is brightly colored, opt for cold water to prevent color fading. And remember to separate the whites from the colors to avoid any dye transfer!

    How to wash Wool Blankets

    Wool is a bit more demanding, but its coziness makes it worthwhile. The best way to wash a wool blanket is by hand in cold water with a wool-friendly detergent. If you're pressed for time, use a delicate cycle on your washing machine. Do not wring the blanket to dry it – instead, lay it flat on a clean towel, roll it up to squeeze out excess water, and then lay it flat to dry.

    How to wash Down Comforters and Blankets

    Down blankets or comforters need delicate handling. Most are machine washable on a delicate cycle with mild detergent, but check the care label first. After washing, make sure to dry them thoroughly – damp down can lead to mold! Adding a few clean tennis balls in the dryer can help keep them fluffy.

    How to wash Fleece Blankets

    These cozy favorites are low-maintenance. Machine wash them in cold or lukewarm water with mild detergent on a gentle cycle. To dry, use a low-heat setting, or let them air dry to prevent pilling.

    How to wash Throw Blankets

    For most throw blankets, a gentle cycle on your washing machine with a mild detergent should work. However, some throws may have unique textures or materials, so always check the care label.

    How to wash Quilts

    Handmade quilts, especially those with vibrant colors, are best washed by hand in cold water. Machine washing on a gentle cycle is also an option for sturdier quilts. Air drying is recommended to preserve the fabric and stitching.

    How to wash Bedding Extras

    Pillowcases should follow the same guidelines as your bed sheets - a weekly wash should keep them fresh and clean. As for your pillows themselves, most can be washed a couple of times a year unless otherwise stated on the care label.

    Now, for the beloved decorative throw pillows – remove any covers and wash them following the care instructions. For the pillows themselves, spot clean as necessary.

    Pro Tips for Blanket Care

    1. Check the care label: This is a golden rule. Different materials have different needs, and the care label is the go-to guide.
    2. Spot clean when possible: If your blanket has a small stain, try spot cleaning it before opting for a full wash.
    3. Use mild, blanket-friendly detergents: Harsh detergents can damage delicate fabrics and fade colors.
    4. Dry thoroughly: Damp blankets can breed mold or mildew. Make sure your blankets are thoroughly dry before storing or using.
    5. Fold and store properly: Avoid cramming your blankets into a storage space. Fold and store them properly to maintain their shape and texture.

    Washing Machine Tips

    Use the right amount of detergent – too much can leave a residue on your blankets, and too little won't get them clean.

    Make sure not to overcrowd your washing machine. Your blankets need space to move around so they can get properly cleaned.

    To avoid uneven wear, flip and rotate your blankets when you wash them.

    Air dry whenever possible to extend the life of your blankets. If you need to use the dryer, toss in a couple of dryer balls (or even clean tennis balls!) to help fluff up your blankets.

    In the delightful world of blankets, proper washing and care make all the difference.

    With these tips and tricks, you can ensure your blankets stay as comfy and cozy as the day you bought them!

    So here's to many more snuggly, warm, and oh-so-soft moments with your favorite blankets!

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