- Non-electric blankets – While it is best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning blankets, the Federal Trade Commission doesn’t require care labels on blankets. Many times, however, instructions are provided on a permanent label or a temporary tag. Most of the time, blankets can be machine washed on a gentle cycle in either cold or warm water and line dried or tumble dried on low. Most blankets can also be dry cleaned.
- Wool blankets – Hot water and high drying temperatures can cause wool blankets to shrink. If the care label suggests machine washing, wash only in cold water on gentle with a mild detergent and line dry. Some wool blankets may still shrink even if you follow the directions on the care label. The Drycleaning & Laundry Institute reports that industry standards for shrinkage in blankets allow as much as 6% after 5 washings.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Caring for Blankets
This time of year our blankets get lots of use. Now, I’m not talking about the blankets we have on our beds; I’m talking about things like throws and afghans. My husband is always hot and as a result, Gray and I walk around the house freezing; in fact, I have one wrapped around my shoulders as I write this. Last month I shared tips on how to dress to stay warm during winter, and one thing I didn’t mention is my love of blankets. I have blankets and afghans stashed in the living room, my office, our bedroom, and Gray’s room, and because our house is typically like a meat freezer, our blankets are dragged across not always perfectly clean floors usually with Macy either riding on top or using it as a tug-of-war rope.