Dos and don’ts of washing wool blankets
5-step guide on how to wash a wool blanket
Check the Care Label
Before washing your wool blanket, check the care label for any specific instructions or recommendations. If the label says “Dry Clean Only,” take the blanket to a professional cleaner instead of washing it yourself.
Fill a Large Basin or Bathtub with Cold Water
Fill a large basin or bathtub with cold water. Add a small amount of a gentle, wool-specific detergent or a gentle detergent that is suitable for wool.
Soak the Blanket in the Water
Place the wool blanket in the water and gently agitate it with your hands to distribute the soap. Let the blanket soak for about 5-10 minutes.
Rinse the Blanket
Drain the soapy water and refill the basin or bathtub with clean, cold water. Gently agitate the blanket in the water to remove all the soap. Repeat this process until there is no more soap left in the blanket.
Air Dry the Blanket
After rinsing, gently squeeze out excess water from the blanket. Then, lay the wool blanket flat on a towel to air dry, reshaping it as necessary. Don’t hang the blanket to dry as it can cause it to stretch out of shape. Once the blanket is completely dry, store it in a cool, dry place.
FAQs washing wool blankets
Can wool blankets be washed in a washing machine?
Yes, wool blankets can be washed in a washing machine, but it’s important to use a gentle cycle and cold water. Avoid using hot water or a high spin cycle, which can cause the wool fibers to shrink or stretch.
Can I use regular laundry detergent on a wool blanket?
No, regular laundry detergent can be too harsh for wool fibers and may cause them to break down or become damaged. It’s important to use a gentle, wool-specific detergent or a gentle detergent that is suitable for wool.
Can wool blankets be dried in a dryer?
No, wool blankets should not be dried in a dryer as the heat can cause the fibers to shrink or stretch. Instead, lay the blanket flat on a towel to air dry, reshaping it as necessary. Avoid hanging the blanket to dry as the weight of the water can cause it to stretch out of shape.