How to Dry a Blanket?
Drying is necessary after washing your blanket.
Using a wet blanket won’t help you sleep for it makes you uncomfortable. Sleeping with a damp blanket warms your body that causes you to sweat. You'll know it's not completely dry because of the unpleasant smell.
It's also not good for your health. You either catch a cold, or you’ll get sick. Damp, wet, or humid conditions are ideal situations for bacteria to flourish. It can cause skin allergies or irritations. It can trigger asthma attacks, or you can develop respiratory problems like pneumonia.
You can dry your blankets in three ways.
If you have a fully-automatic (front-loading or top-loading) washing machine, it has a spinning cycle that drains the water out to dry your blanket right after the rinse cycle. Always use the low heat setting to avoid damaging the fabric.
The dryer is separate in some washing machine models. You need to transfer the blanket into the dryer after the wash and rinse cycle is over. You have the choice of drying your blanket manually or let the dryer do it for you.
- Hang it on a clothesline
This is the best option to preserve your blanket’s fabric. Use clothespins or clips that are strong enough to hold the blanket’s weight when wet. You get to dry your blanket fast and for free under the heat of the sun. The breeze also helps in drying your recently washed blanket.
The sun’s UV rays act as a natural disinfectant that kills the bacteria present in your blanket. Your blanket smells fresh when it is completely dry.
However, it's only possible to do this during spring and summer. You cannot do this during the fall, winter, or when it's raining during the warmer seasons. This drying option is excellent for those who live in an area with a subtropical climate.
- Lay it out in a flat surface or hang them in a drying rack
You need to have an area where you can lay your blanket flat on the floor and wait for it to dry out. You need to clean the surface where you’ll put the blanket so it won’t get dirty immediately after washing.
However, this option is not recommended for those living in tight spaces. For those living in small quarters, using a drying rack can solve the problem with limited space. It’s just like having a clothesline but on a much smaller scale and placed inside your home.
How to dry a fleece blanket?
Fleece blankets remain a popular choice because they're soft and comfortable to use.
They need to be dried carefully to avoid damaging the fabric. Always select the low heat settings when drying your fleece blanket in the dryer.
Too much heat will cause pilling or the small balls to form because of the heat produced during the spinning and tumbling motion.
Fold them immediately when they are completely dry and store them in your cabinet. Place a dehumidifier inside your storage spaces to prevent the bacteria growth or allergens.