Has your electric blanket started to smell foul? If so it might be time for you to give it a wash.
If the smell is coming from the cover, remove it from the mattress by unclipping the straps and lifting the edges of the cover.
Do this carefully as some models have a plastic piece that will snap off if not handled properly. Most covers can then be washed in hot water and dried on high heat.
If the smell comes from the inner fabric of the blanket, you can follow our handy guide below to see what the best way to clean an electric blanket is.
There are two types of electric blankets:
- Battery powered
- Plugged into an outlet
Battery-powered models usually come with several covers, each designed to fit over specific sizes or shapes of mattresses.
They’re great because they allow you to use whatever size blanket you like without having to worry about matching it to the mattress (they also protect your mattress from stains, and reduce how often you need to clean it). This also means there are multiple covers you could purchase to suit any number of beds.
However, these models do require regular maintenance. And while most models can be cleaned using soap and warm water, others need special care. For example, if the fabric has been stained with food or liquids (such as spilled milk), you may need to treat it with stain remover before washing.
But before we get further into how to wash electric blankets, let us take a look at a few handy hints and tips you will need to keep in mind during the process.
Hints & Tips
Before we really get into washing and drying electric blankets it is important that you take note of these hints and tips. If you are not careful you may cause damage to the electrical system of your electric blanket.
So, let us dive right in!
If there is a label on the electric blanket or an instruction manual that came with your product it is highly recommended that you read everything carefully so that you can follow the recommended cleaning advice for your product.
When you are considering what detergents or washing agent for your wash it is essential that you do not use bleach or other harsh cleaning fluids. You will be much better off using a mild washing detergent, as this will cause much less damage to your electric blanket.
Do NOT iron an electric blanket, there are delicate wires and other electrical components in this product, and using an iron is likely to melt or damage your electric blanket beyond repair.
Do NOT dry-clean an electric blanket as many of the solvents and other things that are used in the dry-cleaning process will likely damage the heating pads and other internal wiring components.
It is NOT recommended to use a mothball spray or other similar sprays on your electric blanket. The chemicals can mess with the structural integrity of the product and may even affect the electrical system.
Do NOT fully submerge your electric blanket in water as prolonged exposure to water may damage the wiring and other components inside the electric blanket.
Do NOT wring your electric blanket out, this may damage the delicate inner workings of your device.
You Can Wash Your Electric Blanket By Hand
Washing an electric blanket by hand is a great way to avoid unnecessary damage to your device. Before you start make sure that your electric blanket has been unplugged and make sure that you have disconnected the cord from the blanket so that it does not get damaged during this process.
Now take the blanket to your washing area, and turn it over so that the side with no labels is facing up. Remove all the tags and cords and then lay the blanket flat on a clean towel or another surface.
Make sure that there are no objects on top of the blanket which could scratch the material. Now use a sponge or soft cloth and gently wash the blanket. Use a gentle motion as opposed to scrubbing in order to avoid damaging the plastic. If any dirt comes off while washing, simply rinse it away.
By washing your electric blanket yourself you will be able to see if there are any stains that need to be cleaned out before they become permanent.
Once the cleaning process is complete. Allow the blanket to dry completely on the towel. When finished you may want to put a protective cover over the blanket until it is time to use it again.
You Can Wash Your Electric Blanket By Machine
If you do not have the time or patience to handwash your electric blanket you may want to opt for machine washing it. There are many types of washers available, but most will fit into a standard laundry room. You should read the instructions that come with your machine carefully prior to operating it.
The first step is to remove the blanket from your bed and place it inside the machine. Next, you must choose how you would like to wash the blanket. Some machines automatically detect whether the item being washed is a bedspread or a blanket. If yours does not, select “blankets” and follow the directions provided by your manufacturer to properly wash your blanket.
Allow the blanket to hang freely throughout the entire washing cycle. Be careful when selecting the spin speed as some blankets tend to tangle themselves together if spun too fast. After the washing cycle is completed, allow the blanket to air-dry.
Your washing machine should be on a very gentle setting so that none of the delicate wiring is damaged.
It is recommended that you use a small amount of detergent and warm water. Always check to ensure that the blanket is not touching anything else when you wash it.
How Do You Dry An Electric Blanket?
It might be a scary thought, but you can actually put your electric blanket in the dryer. As long as you are careful about the setting you use this is a fantastic option.
Make sure that your dryer is not on a setting that is too hot, or you will risk damaging the blanket’s delicate wiring. it is recommended that you leave your electric blanket in the dryer for no more than ten minutes, after that you may want to hang it out to dry completely.
if you would prefer, you can just hang your blanket out to dry, this is certainly a more delicate approach, and you are less likely to damage any wiring.
When you are using a washing line you should make sure that your blanket is stretched out properly so that it gets plenty of air and dries without too many creases. On top of that, you should not use clothespins as this can damage your blanket if you pinch the wrong area
Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answered several of the most frequently asked questions concerning electric blankets and how to clean them. So, let’s take a look.
What Happens If An Electric Blanket Gets Wet?
Warm water causes electricity to flow through wires, which can cause short circuits. This is why we recommend that you keep your electric blanket away from moisture. However, if you accidentally spill a little water onto your blanket, don’t worry. It won’t harm your blanket. Simply wipe it off with a damp cloth.
Why Does Your Electric Blanket Smell?
The smell that emanates from an electric blanket usually comes from the fabric itself. Most manufacturers include a special scent to help mask odors. If you notice that your blanket smells bad, try adding a few drops of essential oil to the fabric. This will help neutralize the odor.
How Should You Store An Electric Blanket
It is important that you store your electric blanket properly to ensure its longevity. Here are a few tips:
- Keep it away from direct sunlight.
- Store it in a cool, dark location.
Don’t expose it to extreme temperatures (i.e., heat).
Don’t let it touch other items such as clothing or furniture.
How Long Do Electric Blankets Last
Electric blankets last anywhere between five and seven years. They can also be used for up to 10 years if they are stored correctly. To extend their lifespan even further you can purchase a cover that goes over your blanket. These covers can last for several decades.
An electric blanket is one of the best investments you can make. Not only does it provide warmth, but it helps to prevent you from getting cold at night. It is also effortless to maintain and clean. In addition, there are many options available when it comes to choosing an electric blanket.
For example, you can get a traditional blanket or a heated mattress pad. You can also find a variety of colors and patterns. Whatever type of electric blanket you decide to buy, remember that you need to take good care of it. Also, it is important that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. If you do these things, then you are sure to have a great experience with your electric blanket.
We hope that you enjoyed learning how to clean your electric blanket. It really is simple. Just be mindful of the electronic components and of course read the label or instructions so that you know how to care for your product.
Have a fantastic day and goodbye for now.