We got a question from Verna who wanted to know if washing electric blanket at home is possible without damaging the electric parts. Verna said; “We have an electric blanket that we use during the cold winter months. Our dog recently peed on the blanket, and we don’t know how to wash it. Can you please tell us how we can safely clean the electric blanket to remove the dog pee stain and smell?”
Many people face the same dilemma as Verna on a daily basis. A lot of people fear the thought of washing an electric blanket in water, let alone in a washing machine. However, electric blankets can be safely washed in the washer if you know what you are doing. We present two methods below for cleaning electric blankets.
Method 1: Wash the Blanket in the Washing Machine
- Washing machine
- A mild laundry detergent
Note: If your blanket has dog pee in it or any other bad odor, then check out our guide on how to get bad smell out of carpets (You can use the same process to get the smell out of your blankets).
Step 1: Unplug the blanket from the mains and inspect it. Lay the blanket on the bed and spread it out. Check for any wires that are poking out or any damages to the surface of the blanket such as weak spots that could rip during washing. Turn it over and inspect the other side. If there’s no damage, then you are ready to go. If there’s damage, then it is best to let a professional cleaner clean the blanket for you.
Step 2: Remove the control box and cord. If your blanket came with a user manual, then read it to find out how to remove the control box and cord from the blanket. Some control boxes are waterproof and can be submerged in water whiles some will become damaged and even dangerous if submerged in water. If in doubt, call the manufacturer of your blanket to find out.
Step 3: Put the blanket in the washing machine and add a mild laundry detergent. Your blanket may be too large for your washing machine. If this is the case, then use a larger capacity machine at a laundromat.
Step 4: Set the wash cycle to delicate and the water temperature to cold. Let the machine fill with cold water and agitate for a few minutes to mix the detergent and water.
- For a heavily soiled blanket, stop the wash cycle after you see foam in the water and let the blanket soak in the water for about 30 minutes.
Step 5: Resume the wash cycle and let it wash for a few more minutes.
- You don’t want to complete the full wash cycle when washing your electric blanket in the washing machine. The agitation of the machine may be too strong for the delicate blanket and damage the wires and other electric components if washed for too long in the machine.
- Let the machine wash for a few more minutes then stop it and proceed to the rinse & spin cycle.
Step 6: Run the rinse & spin cycle as normal and repeat a couple more times to get all of the laundry detergents out of the blanket.
- You should only allow the spin to run to the end during your final rinse & spin cycle.
Step 8: Let the blanket dry completely then reattach the cord and control box.
Method 2: Washing an Electric Blanket by Hand
- Mild laundry detergent
- A bath tub
- Washing machine (to spin the water out of the blanket after rinsing)
- Rubber gloves (optional)
Step 1: Go through steps 1 & 2 from Method 1 above.
Step 2: Fill your bathtub to about a third full with cold water. Add mild laundry detergent to the water and agitate the water with your hands to mix the detergent into the water.
Step 3: Submerge the electric blanket in the water. Make sure the water covers the blanket completely. If it doesn’t, then add more water and a little more of the detergent.
Step 4: Leave the blanket in the water to soak for about 30 minutes to an hour.
Step 5: Agitate the blanket in the water with your hands. Turn and push on the blanket several times with both hands to clean it. You might want to do this for at least 5 minutes.
Step 6: Drain the water from the bathtub and refill it with cold water. Agitate the blanket for about 2 minutes to rinse it. Drain the bathtub, fill it with water and rinse again. Repeat until the water becomes clear when you agitate the blanket in it.
Step 7: If you can, use your hands to squeeze excess water out of the blanket. You can do this by pushing down on the blanket with both hands in the empty bathtub.
- If you do not have the strength to do this, then place the blanket in the washing machine and set it to the spin cycle. Run the spin cycle to get the water out of the blanket
Step 8: Air-dry the blanket on a clothesline outdoors.
Step 9: Reattach the control box and cord after the blanket has dried completely.
- You should always read the user manual of the blanket to find out how to care for the blanket before using our methods. Our methods above is safe on electric blankets but might void any warranty you have on the blanket
- If in doubt call the store you bought the blanket from or the manufacturer of the blanket for guidance on how to clean them.
- NEVER try to plug in an electric blanket until it is completely dry.
- And here is a useful tip for you. You can put the blanket in your duvet cover. It will still keep you warm and only the duvet cover will get soiled. Then you only have to wash the duvet cover and not worry about he electric blanket
Did any of the above methods work for you or do you have any tips on how to wash an electric blanket? Please share with your fellow readers by leaving a comment below.