If you are a #Washsquad member from one of our southern states, you may not have use for an electric blanket tutorial. But if you are someone who does use electric blankets to stay cozy in cooler months without cranking the heat, these are the world’s simplest instructions for you.
Thank you to Katie Berry at Housewife How-Tos for putting together this article. You can read the original version here.
How To Wash An Electric Blanket In A Standard Washing Machine.
DO NOT DRY CLEAN THEM!
1. Unplug it: Remove all plugs and electric cords from your blanket.
2. Shake it: If it’s possible, take the blanket outside and shake it vigorously to dislodge as much lint and pet hair as possible. Since we’ll be doing a very short wash cycle, this step helps.
3. Top Loading Machines: Fill your washing machine’s tub with cold water and a minimal amount of detergent. Set the machine on the gentle cycle. Immerse your blanket in the tub, let it agitate for 2 to 3 minutes, then skip to the rinse cycle. Allow the machine to complete the rinse and spin, then remove it immediately.
4. Front Loading Machines: Set the machine on the shortest cycle with a Cold/Cold water setting. Add a minimal amount of detergent and the blanket. Let it agitate for 2 to 3 minutes then skip to the rinse cycle. Allow the machine to complete the rinse and spin, then remove it immediately.
5. Dry it: Place the blanket in your dryer on a LOW setting for no more than 5 minutes. Remove the blanket and stretch it gently with your hands until it returns to the proper size. (You can lay it on a flat sheet, so you know when it’s the right size again.) Once it’s been reshaped, hang it over a laundry line or clothes drying rack overnight.
6. Plug it in: Feel the blanket in several places with your hands to ensure it’s completely dry before you return it to your bed and plug it back in.
STORE IT PROPERLY
To store an electric blanket for the season, unplug the cords, fold the blanket, and place it all in a plastic storage container. Be sure to stash your blanket in a dry location, preferably off the floor, so it smells fresh next winter when you get it out again.