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How to Wash a Weighted Blanket

Washing a weighted blanket is easier than it sounds. See our easy step by step guide to wash your weighted blanket!

By Dan Steiner, Jan 23, 2023

Weighted blankets have become increasingly popular over the years as they have been found to offer numerous benefits including reducing anxiety, improving focus and sleep quality, and even calming the nervous system. These blankets come in different sizes, weights, and materials, which begs the question: How do you wash a weighted blanket and keep it looking good and in good shape? Here is how to wash a weighted blanket:

Step 1: Determine the weight and size of the blanket

Before tossing your blanket into the washing machine, make sure to check the label for any instructions or recommendations. Most weighted blankets come with removable covers which are machine washable, but the inner blanket may need spot cleaning, hand washing or a trip to the laundromat due to their size.

Step 2: Clean the blanket cover

To wash the blanket cover, make sure to remove it first since it's typically made from a different material and construction than the inner blanket. Check for any instructions on the label and use cold water and a mild detergent. Avoid using bleach, fabric softeners or dryer sheets as these can ruin the integrity of the fabric.

Step 3: Wash the inner blanket

Most weighted blankets come with a fill material such as glass or plastic beads, which makes them heavy, so the size of the inner blanket may not fit in a standard washing machine. You might have to go to the laundromat and use a commercial size washing machine if it is too large.

When washing the inner blanket, check for any holes or loose stitches and use the gentle cycle with cold water and mild detergent. Place 1-2 towels in the washing machine to reduce agitation and protect the inner blanket. Avoid the spin cycle as this can damage the fill material.

Step 4: Dry the blanket

After washing, hang the inner blanket to air dry or dry it on a low heat setting. Avoid using high heat or a dryer as the heat can damage the fill material.

Step 5: Replace the blanket cover

Once the inner blanket is dry, replace the cover and your weighted blanket is good to go.

FAQs About Weighted Blankets

What is the best weight for a weighted blanket? The ideal weight for a weighted blanket depends on the individual's body weight. A general rule of thumb is to choose a blanket that is approximately 10% of your body weight.

How long should I use my weighted blanket each day? There is no specific time frame that you should use a weighted blanket each day. However, most people use them for 20-30 minutes at a time, either during the day or at night.

Can I share my weighted blanket with someone else? It is not recommended to share your weighted blanket with someone else as the weight of the blanket is tailored to the individual's body weight.

How often should I wash my weighted blanket? It is recommended to wash your weighted blanket every 3-4 weeks depending on the frequency of use.

Can a weighted blanket be used for children? Yes, weighted blankets can be used for children however as with adults, the weight of the blanket should be determined based on the child's body weight. It is also important to consider safety when using with children.