Dos and don’ts of washing 2 blankets together
5-step guide to washing 2 blankets together
Read the care labels
Check the care labels on both blankets for specific washing instructions. Note any temperature recommendations, special considerations, or restrictions. Follow the instructions provided to ensure the best cleaning results without damaging the blankets.
Prepare the washing machine
Ensure your washing machine is clean and free of any residue or debris. Clean the lint filter to prevent lint buildup during the wash cycle. Adjust the machine settings based on the care instructions, such as water temperature and cycle selection.
Load the blankets
Make sure both blankets can comfortably fit in the washing machine without overcrowding. If necessary, remove any excess debris, pet hair, or loose dirt by shaking or lightly brushing the blankets. Place them evenly in the machine, distributing the weight as evenly as possible.
Choose the detergent and cycle
Select a mild detergent suitable for the fabric type of both blankets. Add the appropriate amount of detergent to the machine, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Choose a gentle or delicate cycle to protect the blankets, unless a more robust cycle is recommended due to heavy soiling.
Dry the blankets
After the wash cycle is complete, check the care labels for drying instructions. If machine drying is allowed, use a low heat setting or follow the specific recommendations. Alternatively, if air-drying is recommended, gently remove the blankets from the machine, shake them out to remove excess water, and hang them to dry in a well-ventilated area.
Can I wash blankets of different colors together?
It depends on the blankets and their colorfastness. If you are concerned about color bleeding, it’s recommended to wash blankets of different colors separately or test for colorfastness before washing them together. Dampen a small, inconspicuous area of each blanket and dab it with a white cloth to check for any color transfer. If significant color bleeding occurs, wash the blankets separately to prevent color damage.
Can I wash blankets of different materials together?
It’s generally best to wash blankets of different materials separately. Different materials may require different water temperatures, washing cycles, or detergent types to ensure optimal cleaning and care. However, if the care labels indicate that the blankets can be safely washed together, and the materials are compatible, you may wash them together. Always follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer for each blanket.
Can I wash two large blankets together in a standard-sized washing machine?
It depends on the size of the blankets and the capacity of your washing machine. If the blankets can fit comfortably in the machine without overcrowding, you can wash them together. However, if the blankets are too large or bulky, it’s best to wash them separately to ensure proper cleaning and rinsing.
Overloading the machine may result in insufficient agitation and cleaning performance. Refer to your washing machine’s manual or guidelines to determine its capacity and ensure it can accommodate the size of the blankets you wish to wash together.