Are Weighted Blankets Washable? [August 2020 Update]

What is the one thing that is holding you back from buying a weighted blanket? Is it the fact that you don’t know what weight to buy? Is it a high price tag? Well for most people it’s the maintenance of having a weighted blanket. Especially for parents looking to get the perfect blanket for their children.

Overview – Are Weighted Blankets Washable?

We know children know how to get things dirty. It comes second nature to them. But, as parents, we want to make sure they’re safe from any harm hazards. In this article, we’re going to discuss how to maintain a weighted blanket. We’ll answer questions such as are weighted blankets washable and how to maintain a weighted blanket.

Read on to find out more about weighted blankets and how to maintain them.

Disclaimer: The tips and recommendations given here are intended to be used as guidelines. Do not replace our advice for a registered health professional or therapist’s advice. It’s best to consult with a healthcare professional if you have a special condition.

Disclosure: Namaste Blankets, as an Amazon Associate, earns commissions on qualified purchases. This informative review article may contain affiliate links. Commission and earnings support our work. This means we may receive a commission if you purchase items from links embedded in the articles.

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What is a weighted blanket?

A weighted blanket is, to the untrained eye, a normal-looking quilted blanket. But, it’s much more than that, it’s a blanket filled with weighted pellets. These small weighted pellets are evenly distributed throughout the blanket.

Usually, they’re filled with either plastic or glass pellets. The beads are sewn into layers of fabric and pads to keep them even. This creates a heavier blanket that applies pressure on your entire body.

The pressure is called Deep Touch Pressure (DTP) which promotes relaxation and calm. DTP promotes increased levels of oxytocin and serotonin.

Weighted blankets come in different sizes and in different weights. Weighted blankets are manufactured to only over the top of the bed. Before you buy, understand this is due to safety issues. As a manufacturer, we want to make sure our weighted blankets don’t restrict movement.

How do you pick the right blanket?

The material and fabric used are important. Bamboo, Fennel, and cotton weighted blankets are very easy to keep clean. Bamboo cotton weighted blankets have a natural anti-bacterial layer. Also, polyester is very easy to spot clean. But, they’re not as comfortable as the options listed above. With polyester, you can wipe away stains with a damp sponge.

Another thing to consider is filling. Weighted blankets with plastic fillings have a certain smell to it when they’re wet. We recommend getting a weighted blanket with glass pellet beads. Glass pellet beads don’t retain smell and very neutral-smelling.

Are weighted blankets machine washable?

Can weighted blankets be washed? In most cases, yes. We recommend checking with the manufacturer or read instructions. For our weighted blankets, you can put your blanket into the washing machine. We recommend it on a delicate cold cycle. If you’re not sure about the settings on your washing machine, get it dry-cleans or hand washed.

It’s always best to check your washing machine handbook. And please, see if there is a maximum weight load on your washing or drying machine. We don’t want you to ruin your blanket and your washing machine.

Can you wash weighted blankets by hand?

Yes, you can. This is the safest way to wash your blanket. It’s pretty straightforward.

  1. You need to make sure that you are using cool water.
  2. Use a small detergent or a mix of vinegar and baking soda.
  3. Scrub the affected area firmly till the stain is gone.

Remember: the wetter the blanket gets, the longer it will take to dry. You should account for this when you decide to wash it. We recommend spot cleaning to be the first suggestion to clean your blanket.

Maintenance & duvet covers?

A duvet cover will help protect your weighted blanket from stains and odor. It’s a good investment to think about. If your blanket is made from a piece of fabric, you’re not fond of. You can always get a duvet cover of the fabric you like.

Duvet covers great for protecting your investment, but they look great. If you have a child that uses a weighted blanket, the look is important. Duvet covers come in different fabrics and styles. Plus, they’re easier to clean than an entire weighted blanket.

You can always spot clean your blanket but always use a duvet cover. A duvet cover is the best way to keep a weighted blanket odor-free and clean. You want the cover to catch all the stains and mess, not the blanket. Plus, it’s less hassle. You can just put the cover into the washer with your normal load. They’re cost-effective, attractive-looking and soft. It’s a win-win on all fronts.

Conclusion

All in all, are weighted blankets washable? Yes, they are! You need to make sure that you have chosen the right materials for your blanket. The materials used in a weighted blanket are important to determine ease of clean-ability.

If you use a washing machine to clean your weighted blanket be careful. Make sure to check with the blanket manufacturer that’s it’s safe. Or, if it came with a manual, read the cleaning instructions. Our weighted blankets, you can put your blanket into the washing machine but on a delicate cold cycle.

We recommend buying a duvet cover will help protect your weighted blanket. Duvet covers are beautiful, protective, and soft. They help maintain your investment for many years. With a duvet cover, you don’t have to worry that much about stains or odor. If you don’t have one now for your blanket, get on today!

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