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How To Wash Weighted Blankets in 4 Simple Steps 2021

You’ve just bought your first-ever weighted blankets (yay!) after hearing about their health-promoting benefits. After several months of regular usage, you notice that they’re starting to smell funky and look, well…dirty. 

Weighted blankets need regular cleaning just like any other traditional blankets, or any other type of bedding for that matter.

Experts recommend they be cleaned at least four times a year. If you use them regularly, just like me, then they need to be washed more frequently. 

But, as much as we want our weighted blankets to look spanking clean and brand new, washing them is not as easy as they look.

Long-time users of weighted blankets can attest to the fact that cleaning them involves added care and effort, primarily because of their extra heft and fillers. 

And to be honest, loading a 15-lb weighted blanket in a washing machine is a little bit exhausting. 

If you are having trouble cleaning your weighted blanket or need some expert guidance on how to do it, then you’ve come to the right place. 

This article will list down helpful tips and practical steps on how to clean them effectively. By the end of this article, we will recommend our favorite weighted blanket that is not only made from high-quality materials but is also machine and dryer-friendly. 

Step-by-step guide on how to wash weighted blankets

Step 1: Check the care tag

Before putting them on the washer, you may want to first check their care label. 

Weighted blankets come in different sizes, construction, and design, so it's important to know whether they need a particular washing procedure.

Weighted blankets loaded with steel shot beads, for example, are incompatible with washing machines. Aside from being heavy, the beads have the potential to tear the fabric and leak when inside the machine.

Those filled with plastic beads are another good example.

Most of them cannot withstand heat, so when exposed to high temperatures, the beads tend to melt inside the blanket and bunch up. The best way to wash them is by using cold or warm water, not boiling.

Some weighted blankets also have cover sheets, so it’s critical to remove them from the blanket before each wash to ensure they are well-cleaned.  

And just like weighted blankets, covers also need to be cleaned thoroughly.

Like weighted blankets, covers come in different fabric types. While most products use cotton, some offer fleece, mink, and wool, so knowing their proper care instructions are also essential. 

Ignoring care instructions can ruin your weighted blanket (or worse, your machine. Yikes!), so it’s best to read up on the care label first. 

After all, you wouldn't want a damaged weighted blanket, would you?

Tip: If for some reason, there are no specific care instructions for your weighted blanket, your best bet would be to check the details on the manufacturer’s website or scour the internet for references. 

Step 2: Look for stains

Again, if you're the kind of person who cuddles their weighted blankets all day (or night), there's a good chance that nasty stains are already etched on your beloved blanket.

No matter how hard we try to prevent them, stains are unavoidable. They’re just a part of our life. 

The easiest way to remove them is to first check existing stains and spot-treat them before each wash.

It is recommended to run cold water over the stains instead of warm water to prevent them from being imprinted in the fabric. 

For liquid marks like coffee, juice, water, and even sweat, use a bleach-free stain remover. After applying the solution, you can gently wipe the spot away with your hands or an old toothbrush.

Remember to also consider the fabric of your blankets before spot treating them. The general rule is to avoid bleach-containing products because they can negatively affect your weighted blanket.

On the other hand, soaps are effective at removing oil-based stains such as grease. Scrub the stain away gently with your fingertips, an old toothbrush, or a laundry brush.

Tip: Always consider the type of stain found in your weighted blankets. Some stain treatments do not work well with certain spots, such as the ones mentioned above.

Step 3: Wash

Now on to the fun part! 

Most weighted blankets are generally machine-friendly. However, some blankets need to be washed the old school way - by using your hands. 

Again, it’s best to check the label first. Once you have that information, then your weighted blanket is good to go. 

For washing machines, use only cold or warm water. Using hot water can potentially damage your weighted blanket, and really, who wants that? 

Next, always avoid aggressive wash cycles. Instead, go for a delicate or light wash setting to prevent holes, leaks, and rips. 

Though most weighted blankets are machine washable, you must be extra cautious every time you wash them in the washer.  Some weighted blankets, especially heavy ones, can harm your machine due to the pressure generated by the blanket.

Leaking beads from weighted blankets are also notorious for damaging washing machines, especially older models, so it’s best to be extra careful. 

If you just need to hand wash your blanket, fill your washtub basin with tepid or cold water and a small amount of mild detergent. Typically, 1/2 to 1 cup is sufficient, but this still varies depending on the size of your blanket. Submerge your weighted blanket in the water after thoroughly mixing it. After thoroughly rinsing, drain the wash basin and refill with clean water. Repeat the procedure until all of the soap from the blanket has been removed.

Whatever the case might be with your weighted blanket, it is important that only a mild detergent be used. Fabric softeners are not recommended because they alter the structure of weighted blankets, causing them to become rigid and scratchy.

Tip: If your weighted blanket is too heavy, it’s best to just have them cleaned professionally. Forcibly jamming a king-sized weighted blanket inside the washing machine might cause more harm than good. 

Step 4: Dry

You are almost there. Congratulations!

But before using your squeaky clean weighted blanket, it’s best to dry them first. 

It’s entirely up to you if you hang them outside or toss them in the dryer. What’s important is to keep them in tip-top shape after drying. 

To machine dry, run it through tumble dry setting or low to medium heat. Since weighted blankets are heavy, it is recommended to dry them twice to ensure that they are completely dry. 

Again, as with washing machines, make sure your dryer can handle your weighted blanket. This is because dryers can also be damaged as a result of the blanket’s pressure and fillers.

If you prefer to air dry them, place the weighted blanket on an even surface so that the weight remains evenly distributed even after it has fully dried.

Tip: Weighted blankets with fillers should not be hanged in a clothesline to prevent the beads from bunching up. 

Final Thoughts

Overall, most weighted blankets sold in the market are generally compatible with washing machines and dryers. And most of them have a straightforward cleaning process. You just have to read and follow what’s written on the care label to ensure that they remain in tip-top shape. 

But again, you also need to consider the type of fabric and the fillers within the weighted blanket to ensure proper care and wash at the end of the day. 

If you’re looking for a weighted blanket that is super easy to wash and compatible with any type of washer and dryer, then you’ve come to the right place. 

For this, we recommend our very own Nuzzie Knit

A premium weighted blanket that is machine and dryer-friendly

When investing in a weighted blanket, it’s important to take a lot of things into consideration. 

First, are they breathable and suitable to use in any season? Do they tend to fray when used over time? Are they sustainable and eco-friendly? 

And finally, are they compatible with washers and dryers? 

As a company that has manufactured and sold thousands of weighted blankets over the last three years, we have had the opportunity to learn from our customers about what an ideal weighted blanket should look and feel like.

Though our original weighted blanket received positive reviews, we remain committed to meeting our customers' needs.

This is why we reimagined the ideal weighted blanket by creating Nuzzie Knit. 

Created from premium and high-quality materials, our weighted blankets are compatible with washing machines and dryers. 

While some conventional weighted blankets must be hand washed to avoid fraying, tearing, and leaking, Nuzzie Knit's open-weave design and sturdy construction allow you to simply throw it in the washer or dryer. 

Plus, our blankets contain ZERO beads so you won’t have to worry about leaks or melts. 

We also made sure to test the Nuzzie Knit  in 100+ wash/dry cycles so our customers can easily care for them, hassle-free. 

And did we mention that our care instructions are also pretty simple

Toss them in the washer with like colors and tumble dry on low, just like you would a normal blanket.

Our weighted blankets are also 100% hand-knitted, environmentally friendly, and safe to use.

The Nuzzie Knit, unlike traditional weighted blankets, has a breathable weave that prevents heat from being trapped inside. This means it can be used in any weather.

Another nice thing is that again, there are no plastic or noisy glass beads in the Nuzzie Knit. 

Instead, the blankets are made from luxurious fabric filling, which prevents leaks and fraying while still keeping the weight uniformly distributed.

So, are you ready to experience the benefits and features of the Nuzzie Knit? Get yours now while stocks last. 

Head over to to order!