Dos and don’ts of washing crochet blankets
5 step guide to washing crochet blankets
Check the care label: Before washing your crochet blanket, check the care label for any specific instructions or restrictions. Make note of the recommended washing temperature, whether the blanket can be machine washed, and if it needs to be hand-washed.
Prepare the washing solution: Fill a basin or sink with cold water and add a small amount of gentle detergent. Swirl the water to create suds.
Wash the blanket: Submerge the blanket in the washing solution and gently agitate it to ensure the soap penetrates the fibers. Avoid twisting or wringing the blanket, as this can cause damage. Let it soak for 10-15 minutes.
Rinse and dry the blanket: Drain the washing solution and refill the basin with clean, cold water. Submerge the blanket and gently agitate it to remove any soap residue. Drain the water and carefully press the blanket to remove excess water. Lay the blanket flat on a towel to air dry, away from direct sunlight.
Block the blanket: Once the blanket is dry, you may need to block it to reshape it. To do this, lay the blanket flat on a surface and gently stretch it to the desired shape. Use pins to hold the blanket in place, being careful not to damage the fibers. Allow the blanket to dry completely before removing the pins.
FAQs washing crochet blanket
Can I machine wash my crochet blanket?
It depends on the care label instructions. Some crochet blankets can be safely machine washed, while others need to be hand-washed. Check the care label for specific instructions.
Can I use a fabric softener when washing my crochet blanket?
It’s best to avoid using fabric softeners when washing a crochet blanket, as they can damage the fibers and affect the texture. Instead, use a mild, gentle detergent that is suitable for delicate items.
How do I store my crochet blanket after washing?
After washing and drying your crochet blanket, store it in a dry place, away from direct sunlight. Avoid folding or creasing the blanket, as this can cause permanent wrinkles. You can also place the blanket in a breathable storage bag or container to protect it from dust and moisture.