You’ve done the research to find the best electric blanket out there, and it’s kept you toasty warm all winter. Now that it’s spring, you’d probably like to clean it.
You may think that it’s nearly impossible to clean an electric blanket, given the wiring on the inside, but it turns out that you can to wash an electric blanket pretty much the same way you would anything else. An electric blanket can even go in the washing machine and dryer — you just have to be mindful of how long you put it in for.
So, you’re finally going to be able to give your trusty heated blanket the cleaning it’s been needing. According to directions from Sunbeam, there are some very strict dos and don’ts when it comes to cleaning electric bedding, but so long as you follow along with their carefully laid-out instructions, you’ll be able to keep your blankets in tip-top shape.
Before placing your blanket into the washing machine, you must soak it in a mixture of mild soap and cold water for 15 minutes. An article from Hunker suggests doing this in your tub, so that you have enough space to completely submerge the blanket.
Be careful to not get the blanket’s controller or power cord wet at any point during this process.
Once your blanket is pre-soaked, it can go in the washing machine on the gentle or delicate cycle for two minutes. Remove it and rinse it with cold water.
Then, place it back in the washing machine for the spin cycle — or skip this step and move on to hanging your blanket to dry or placing it in the dryer.
Drying In The Dryer
If you dry your blanket in the dryer, be sure to preheat the dryer on a low temperature for two minutes before adding the blanket. It can be dried in the dryer on a low temperate for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, remove the blanket and hang the blanket to dry without using clothespins. You can drape it over a clothesline or a shower rod.
If you’re using the air-drying method, simply hang your blanket to dry as soon as it’s out of the washing machine. Still refrain from using clothespins, as this could interfere with the blanket’s wiring.
The blanket must be completely dry before you try using it again. According to Housewife How To’s, you can expect to let it dry overnight.
Once your blanket’s nice and dry, however, your freshly cleaned blanket will be all the more snuggly!