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How to Wash My Blanket | Washing Wool

Updated on March 7, 2011

My Blanket Won't Fit

Have you ever tried to wash your blankets in the washing machine only to have the machine keep beeping at you in protest? My machine continuously stops and beeps because it becomes an uneven load, or stops completely because the load is too big for the machine.

Because the machine is electronic it fights me every step of the way. Thankfully it doesn't talk yet because I would have one doozy of a headache listening to it complain.

After numerous attempts at kick starting the machine, and repeated wash & rinse cycles, never mind all the water, detergent and electricity that I have wasted, I try to dislodge my wringing wet blanket from my beeping machine.

It's like trying to wrestle food from a starving hippo. I usually win the war but not before I have lost many of the battles. By the time I have removed the offending item from said machine I am wringing wet, hot and extremely annoyed. Never mind the fact I still have a very heavy dirty blanket because the machine has not agitated freely.

Now, after a few years of losing these battles, I have finally found a solution to this problem.

Not quite as bad as this.
Not quite as bad as this.

How To Wash By Hand Easily

1: Fill the bathtub with warm water, so that the water just covers the blanket by 2-3 inches.

2: Add detergent and agitate by hand. Eucalyptus scented adds a special touch.

3: Place blanket in completely so that it lays the complete length of the bath.

4: Gently swirl blanket and water to mimick agitating motion, or even just hop in and stomp on the blanket as if squashing grapes. Repeat steps 1-4 if blanket is extra dirty.

5: Empty water and rinse until water runs clear. I find it easier to let it drain in the bath for a bit, so that it is lighter to carry.

6: When the blanket is drained, remove it from the bath and hang on the line to dry.

Eucalyptus Oil

The above instructions can all be adapted to suit your requirements but I have found this to be the easiest method to date. You will be surprised at how much dirt is actually removed by this method.

You can add any detergent to the water that you like, but I have found that washing detergent with eucalyptus oil added has extra benefits.

Just add 1-2 teaspoons of eucalyptus oil to your water with the detergent. Eucalyptus oil has natural disinfectant and pest deterrent properties, as well as a wonderfully fresh scent. It is also very economical and can be used for many other cleaning applications around the home.

The Final Result

On the other hand you can always purchase a larger washing machine. Although if you are like me your budget won't allow for this kind of expenditure for so few items.

I actually enjoyed washing my blanket by this hand method and it gave me a great sense of accomplishment when I remade my bed with the lovely clean smelling blanket.

 You can add the eucaptypus oil to your sheets as well for that fresh smell. It's just like making your bed with all new linen.

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      aNA 

      6 years ago

      omG tHANKS!

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      karen 

      7 years ago

      i have over the past week washed 10 large white some queen size wool blankets in the bath using this method and eperienced great results.washing machines destroy the satin bindings on your blankets.walking on them after soaking is also benificial.I get my daugters to do it for me.Wash your blankets with love and they will love you.

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      Relosach 

      7 years ago

      This is just what I was looking for since my washer broke washing heavy blankets...excellent!!!

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      LarasMama 

      8 years ago from a secret location, Australia

      Great hub! I hate washing big doonas and blankets. I'll keep this in mind next time I have to, since having a baby seems to lead to everything needing extra cleaning. :-)

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      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you! Very nice Hub!

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