You probably have several blankets around your home, including one that is a particular favorite. There is also a good chance that at least a few of them have different cleaning instructions or require special care. Don’t let this stop you from cleaning them regularly, even if you have to pry your child’s blankie from their hands now and then. To avoid funky odors and unsightly stains, it’s important to learn how to keep a blanket smelling fresh and how to wash and dry minky fabric.
How to Keep a Blanket Smelling Fresh
Over time, your blankets can collect sweat and body oils that may produce a slight odor. If you sleep with it every night, it might be so gradual that you don’t notice for a while, which is why it is helpful to have a washing schedule. For example, you could plan to wash your bedding on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.
You also might notice that your blankets smell when you take them out of storage or off the closet shelf, even if they were freshly washed when you put them away.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help keep your blanket smelling fresh. Take a look at these easy tips:
- Store blankets in a place that is not exposed to moisture or humidity so they don’t develop a musty smell.
- Do not put blankets in plastic bags, as they are not breathable. Choose fabric bags to protect blankets from dust instead.
- If possible, place blankets on wire shelves instead of wood. The holes allow breathability, which will reduce odor.
- Open closets or storage boxes every couple of weeks to let them air out.
- Make scented sachets filled with dried lavender or cinnamon sticks and keep them in the storage area. You can also place dryer sheets between blankets. Do not use oils or anything that will transfer to the fabric and not come out.
- Make sure blankets are completely dry before storing them.
- Store heavier blankets on the bottom and fluffy or light blankets, like comforters, on top.
- Do not use mothballs; they have a strong, musty scent.
How to Wash Blankets
Wash your bedding, such as quilts and comforters, in cold water and on a gentle or delicate cycle to avoid wearing out the fabric. Dry in a large dryer on low or hang to dry, and make sure bedding is completely dry before using or storing it. Remember to remove bedding from the dryer promptly and do not stuff more in the dryer than you need to.
Remember, when in doubt, air dry or hand wash instead of using heat from a washing machine or dryer. And, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results.
How to Wash a Minky Blanket
Minky blankets will need to be cared for a little differently than your quilts and comforters. Wash it alone and on a cold cycle. Any heat applied to the fabric will cause it to melt and lose its silky softness. Do not use fabric softener or detergent pods when washing your minky and hang it to dry. After it is dry, you can put it into the dryer on an air-only setting with no heat to fluff it up. And if you spill on your minky blanket, spot clean with cold water right away.
How to Clean a Weighted Blanket
Similar to a minky blanket, you will need to wash a weighted blanket alone and on a cold cycle. Do not use fabric softener, only mild detergent, and use the delicate or permanent press cycle. You can also hand wash a weighted blanket and spot clean it as needed, which may be the method recommended by the manufacturer anyway. The heavier the blanket, the more difficult it may be to clean in a washing machine. If possible, dry on low heat; otherwise, hang to dry.
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