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You’ve finally done it. You’ve taken the plunge and purchased a heated blanket. Now, the only question on your mind is “Can I wash my heated blanket in the washing machine?” The answer, unfortunately, is not as straightforward as you might hope. In this blog post, we will explore the various considerations you need to take into account when washing a heated blanket, so that you can keep your investment in good condition for years to come.
What is a heated blanket?
A heated blanket is a blanket that has been designed to be used with a heating element in order to provide warmth. The heating element is usually built into the blanket, but can also be removable. Heated blankets are available in a variety of materials, including electric, battery-operated, and even microwavable versions.
Can you wash a heated blanket in the washing machine?
If you have a heated blanket that is starting to smell or look dirty, you may be wondering if you can wash it in the washing machine. The answer is yes, but there are some things you need to know first.
Heated blankets are usually made of fleece or another type of fabric that can be washed in the washing machine. However, you should check the care instructions that came with your blanket to be sure.
When washing a heated blanket in the washing machine, use cold water and a gentle cycle. You may also want to put the blanket in a mesh laundry bag to help protect it during the cycle.
After the cycle is complete, remove the blanket from the washer and shake it out. Then, hang it up to dry or place it in the dryer on a low-heat setting.
Do not use bleach or any other harsh chemicals on your heated blanket as this could damage it.
How to wash a heated blanket in the washing machine
If your heated blanket has a removable cover, take it off and wash that separately according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If your heated blanket doesn’t have a removable cover, or if the cover is not machine-washable, spot-clean it with a damp cloth as needed.
To wash your heated blanket in the washing machine, start by setting it to the delicate cycle and using cold water. Add a mild detergent designed for delicate fabrics and make sure not to overfill the washing machine.
Once the cycle is finished, remove your heated blanket from the washing machine and shake it out to get rid of any excess water. You can then put it in the dryer on low heat or lay it out flat to air dry.
Tips for washing a heated blanket in the washing machine
If your heated blanket has a removable cover, take it off and wash it separately. If not, be sure to read the care label before washing.
Most heated blankets can be machine washed on a gentle or delicate cycle in cold water with a mild detergent. Do not use bleach or fabric softener.
Line dry your heated blanket or tumble dry on low heat. Do not wring or twist the blanket as this could damage the heating wires.
While you can technically wash a heated blanket in the washing machine, it’s not recommended. The heat from the blanket can damage the washer and dryer, and it’s also more likely that the blanket will get damaged in the process. If you do decide to wash your heated blanket in the machine, be sure to use cold water and a gentle cycle.