Can an Electric Blanket Be Washed and How to Do it Safely
Most, if not all, modern electric blankets can indeed be washed. This is an important feature of all electric blankets as the continuous use will warrant a wash, especially if you buy one that is of premium quality.
Though they can be washed, certain care must be taken in order for the electric blanket not to get destroyed or damaged by this process.
If your blanket is in any way damaged, heavily worn out or has any visible wires protruding through it, the blanket cannot be washed until the damage is repaired.
Attempting to wash an electric blanket while it is damaged can destroy the blanket and the wiring further, causing it to become a hazard or even start an electrical fire when the blanket is turned back on.
You can wash your electric blanket either via machine washing or hand washing, though regardless of which method you choose, the undamaged electric blanket prerequisite still applies.
Before any washing can begin, it is imperative that the cord and the control panel are disconnected from the electric blanket. If either is submerged in water, it will be damaged and the electric blanket will no longer work. As a safety precaution, if you have accidentally submerged the cord and the control panel, do not connect the electric blanket to the socket again.
If you choose to machine wash your electric blanket, you should use a mild detergent and cold water. Regardless of the material of the blanket, it should always be washed on the delicate cycle and you may not need to leave the blanket in for the entirety of the washing cycle.
Depending on the type of washing machine, the prolonged agitation of the washing cycle may be hard on the wires or even damage them inside the blanket. Each blanket has its own special instructions on how they may be handled for washing, so it is advisable that you follow specific instructions of the electric blanket’s brand.
Some electric blankets can be dried via the dryer, though it is highly recommended that they are air dried instead. This will limit how much the wires in the electric blanket are exposed to agitation and heat. Unless it is specifically stated in the manual that the manufacturer guarantees the blanket is dryer safe, giving instructions on how long it can be kept in the dryer and at what heat, it is safer to air dry it instead.
When you wash and dry your electric blanket, only use it once you are sure that every corner and every part of the blanket has dried completely.
Here are some Dos and Don’ts when it comes to washing your electric blanket.
- Remove the cord and the control box/panel from the electric blanket before putting it into the washing machine or submerging it into the water
- Check for any damage to the blanket, such as tears or exposed wires before washing
- Wash it on a very short cycle and always with cold water
- Air dry the blanket, though certain electric blankets are dryer safe
- If you decide to machine dry the electric blanket, keep it on a very low setting and no more than 5 minutes
- Have a completely dry blanket before reattaching the control box and the cord to it
- Expose the cord or the control panel to water. This will damage both irreparably
- Wash damaged electric blankets or those that have any wires exposed anywhere
- Plug in or attempt to use partially dried or wet blankets, as this is a safety hazard
- Plug in the cord or the control panel/box on a wet or damp electric blanket
Each brand of the electric blanket is unique and it will have unique instructions for cleaning, washing and drying. In some cases, certain electric blankets have a control box or a panel that is attached to the blanket and that is not removable, yet the blanket is still very much washable.
Certain control boxes are water resistant, but some are not, so if you are unable to remove the control box, it is best to consult the user manual on how to clean the blanket before doing so.