Washing A Weighted Blanket

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Weighted blankets are having a significant moment right now and their widespread appeal comes as no surprise. For anyone who struggles for eight hours of sleep per night, there’s something irresistible about the possibility of a blanket that promises to reduce anxiety, stress, and sleepless nights. Washing weighted blankets is a topic that’s slightly more complicated, especially if your blanket isn’t safely encased in an easy-to-clean duvet cover.  The idea of simply throwing a 20-pound blanket in the washing machine sounds impossible, given their heft.

So how exactly do you go about keeping your beloved weighted blanket clean? The best way to wash your weighted blanket is to first consider its size. Blankets over 20 pounds should be taken to a laundromat and washed in a commercial-size machine simply to spare your home machine from wear and tear and capacity overload. Avoid using fabric softeners and bleach on your weighted blanket. Fabric softeners build up over time and cause blankets to become scratchy, while bleach breaks down the fibers within the blanket over time. Drying a weighted blanket is surprisingly fast and easy. The glass or plastic pellets do not absorb water, so begin by using the dryers low heat dry cycle for optimum care. If you prefer, you can also air dry on a large, clean surface.