In some homes, a heated blanket can make the difference between and great night's sleep and no sleep at all. They're cozy and warm and wrap around you perfectly. If you set a timer, you can stay warm until you get to sleep. Your body's core temperature naturally cools during the day. It usually lowers by 1 or 2 degrees so that when nighttime approaches, your body's ready for sleep. This process is linked to your body's circadian rhythms, which helps you know when to sleep and wake up. This cooling down can exaggerate the low temperature of a bedroom that's cold, so an electric blanket might be just what you need. From time to time, they need a wash. If you don't know how to wash a heated blanket, we'll run you through the process.
Before you do any cleaning, unplug the blanket. Then you have to disconnect the power cord from the blanket so the cord doesn't get damaged while you clean. To wash by hand, fill a tub with warm water. You only need enough water to allow the blanket to move around freely within the tub. With that ready, add mild laundry detergent and then swish that around a little until it's all bubbly. Then you add the blanket and allow it to soak for 15 minutes at most. When that's over, gently squeeze the blanket for a minute or so, then take it out of the water and rinse with clean water. You'll need to squeeze the blanket gently to remove excess water. Never wring it out.
You can wash your heated blanket in your washing machine. There are a couple of ways to do this. The first technique begins with pre-soaking the blanket in cold water with mild soap. Do that for 15 minutes as with the hand-washing process. Once soaked, wash in mild detergent on the "delicate" or "gentle" cycle for 2 minutes. Once that's done, rinse in cold water and end by spinning it dry.
The other technique begins with setting the washing machine to the same "delicate" or "gentle" setting. You should fill the washer with lukewarm water and allow it to agitate for a minute or so. Once done, stop the machine and place the blanket into it. Allow the electric blanket to soak for 15 minutes with the washer off. You'll need to run the washing machine for 2 minutes and then through its rinse and spin cycles to finish.
You can put a heated blanket into the drier. You'll need a low setting, so don't use any commercial dryers as they tend to get very hot. Turn the drier to the lowest setting and run it empty for two minutes to warm it up. Then put the blanket in and run through for no more than ten minutes. You may need to hang it up to finish drying it. When the weather's warm, always hang it out to dry on a clothesline. Take care to stretch the heated blanket out to its original size and shape, and don't use clothespins to secure it. The most important thing about drying the blanket is to make sure you don't use it again until it's completely dry, as you could damage the wiring.
There are a couple of other related things to be aware of:
Never iron your blanket
Don't dry clean the blanket or heating pads
Never use mothball spray as that can damage a heated blanket
And never submerge the blankets controller in water
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