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March 11, 2022 5 min read
Do you wash your blankets as often as you should? Does anyone even know how frequently they should wash blankets anyway? Well, about a third of UK dwellers reported only washing their bedding once a year. Yikes — that sends shivers down our spine.
So yeah, that doesn’t cut it. But what is the proper washing frequency? And what’s the best way to clean those blankets of yours? That’s why we’re here. We’ll take you through everything you need to know about washing blankets so you can sleep comfortably (and safely). Let’s get at it!
If you’re wondering, “Does it really matter how often I clean my blankets?” The answer is yes. It absolutely does.
Think about it this way: you spend about 8 hours wrapped up in bedding every night. That’s a third of your entire day! It’s a significant amount of time to be doing anything. And while we might believe that sleeping is a pretty stationary activity, there’s a bit more to it than that.
Your body gets busy during sleep, repairing your cells, regulating hormones, and so much more. And as a result of all this, you might find these in your bedding when you wake up:
Yup, all this accumulates in your bedding. Ew! Truthfully, bed sheets and pillows get the worst of it. But that doesn’t mean your blankets get a free pass. You need to keep those clean too.
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer regarding how often you should toss your bedding in the wash. It depends! Is the blanket in question solely a decorative throw that no one ever touches? Or is it your go-to nap blanket that may or may not be stained with drool and coffee? See? It matters how much you use them.
So, how often should you wash your blankets then? Treat any blankets you regularly use as if they’re bed sheets. That means weekly washes are ideal. You can probably get away with biweekly cleaning too, but that’s your call.
As for casually-used covers, laundering every few weeks is A-okay. On the other hand, rarely-touched throws only need to be refreshed about once a season.
Of course, always clean your blankets immediately if they’re visibly dirty.
Knowing how to wash blankets is just as important as knowing when to clean them. So without further ado, let’s get to it.
Always check the care tag on your garment before cleaning. It provides specific do’s and don’ts to keep your bedding in the best condition possible. So trust those instructions over anything!
Now that we have the basics covered, here is some advice on how to wash blankets like a pro. But really, they apply to cleaning any kind of bedding! So consider these tips and tricks on your next laundry day.
Short answer: yes. Like anything, it certainly is possible to overwash your blankets.
The friction caused by washing textiles leads to your material wearing over time. That’s just how it is! But the lifespan of your blanket depends on many different factors, one of which is quality.
Cheap-made materials will likely break down faster than high-quality pieces, which are often more expensive. But there’s a method to the price tag. If you can afford to pay for a bigger ticket item upfront, there’s a good chance it’ll outlast the budget buy. Often, this will save you money in the long run.
Some colors will also fade in just a few washes, but choosing products like our Stonewashed Linen Quilts ensures that what you see is what you get. No fading here! Plus, fabrics like stonewashed linen and cotton percale grow softer after every single wash. All the more incentive to toss those blankets in the laundry, right?
And while over washing blankets can cause premature wear, so can under washing. Remember all those dead skin cells, grime, and bacteria we talked about getting trapped in your bedding?
That affects the longevity of your blankets too!
So yes, it is possible to wash your blankets too much, but it’s just as harmful to wash them infrequently. If you’re investing in good quality covers and following proper care instructions, this shouldn’t be a problem for you.
How often should you wash bedding? It depends on how often you use them. Aim to clean regularly-used blankets once a week, casually-used ones every few weeks, and rarely-touched throws every couple of months. Always follow care instructions on your garment’s tag to ensure your blanket stays clean and cozy for a long, long time.