How to Make Blankets Soft Again

Is your favorite blanket no longer the way it was when you first bought it?

You need to understand the exact cause why it's no longer soft. It has something to do with the fabric’s properties and the way you maintained your blankets. Cleaning it the wrong way only damages the materials. 

Don't give up hope just yet as there's a way you can restore its softness. You'll be amazed at the results and heave a sigh of relief as the solution is cheaper than buying another blanket.

How do you make blankets soft again?

Following the manufacturer’s care instructions found on the label ensures that your blanket stays the same way when you first bought it.

Select the gentle and low-temperature settings when using your washing machine to clean your blanket.

The use of white vinegar when washing your blanket restores its softness. The frequent use of fabric softeners can do more harm than good. Using an organic product like white vinegar is safer and more cost-effective than commercial products which often contain chemicals or other synthetic materials.

How to make blankets soft again using the washing machine

  1. Prepare all the things you need. (laundry detergent, your dirty or soiled blanket, and the white vinegar)
  2. Give your blanket a good shake and scrutinize it to make sure there's no more debris left.
  3. Put detergent into the right compartment of your washing machine.

Make sure only to pour the appropriate amount.

  1. Add the required amount of white vinegar on the same chamber that holds the detergent.
  2. Put the blanket inside the washing machine.

You can add other pieces if they’re of the same color and texture. Do this to save time and money in washing your dirty clothes. Make sure that their combined dry weight doesn’t exceed your machine’s capacity. 

  1. Make sure that the water line is open and the washing machine is turned on.
  2. Select the gentlest wash setting and the lowest temperature for the drying or spinning cycle.
  3. Press the start button to begin washing.
  4. Wait for it to finish.

Let the white vinegar work its magic during the washing cycle to restore its softness. It loosens the fibers and helps the detergent in cleaning the laundered items. If you feel the blanket was not properly rinsed, subject it to another rinse cycle until you’re satisfied with the results.

  1. Hang the blanket on a clothesline or drying rack to dry.

After the cycle is over, the blanket can still be damp. Make sure it's completely dry before you can start using it again. Once it has dried completely, fold and store it immediately inside your cabinet. Putting a dehumidifier inside your cabinet ensures your stuff stays fresh and dry.

Make your blankets soft again through hand washing.

  1. Prepare all the things you need. (laundry detergent, a basin that’s large enough for your blanket to fit in, a chair, a hose, your dirty/soiled blanket, and the white vinegar)
  2. Give your blanket a good shake and scrutinize it to make sure there's no more debris left before you start washing it.
  3. Pour the appropriate amount of laundry detergent on the basin.
  4. Pour the right amount of white vinegar on top of the powdered detergent to mix the two.
  5. Connect the hose to your faucet.
  6. Open the tap and fill the basin with water.

Aim the hose towards the basin and fill it up to half or ¾ its capacity. Filling it with more water can lead to spillage once you put the blanket inside. Close the faucet when you’ve reached the desired water level and set the hose aside.

  1. Swish the water inside the basin with your hand to dissolve the detergent.
  2. Soak the blanket for 10 to 15 minutes before washing it with your hands.

Soaking the blanket allows the vinegar to work its magic by loosening the fibers to restore its softness and helps the detergent in cleaning the blanket.

The hand washing motion gently removes the dirt. Focus on the dirty areas of the blanket by spot cleaning until you’re delighted with the results you’re seeing.

  1. Squeeze the blanket to remove excess water and set it aside momentarily.
  2. Drain the soapy water from the basin.
  3. Open the faucet to clean the basin.

Drain the remaining water you used to clean the basin from the remaining soapy residue. Do this to prepare for the rinsing process.

  1. Re-fill it with clean water up to half or the 3/4 level and close the faucet when you’ve reached the desired water level.
  2. Move the blanket in an up-and-down motion to remove the excess soapy residue.
  3. Repeat steps 9 to 13 until you feel that the blanket has been adequately rinsed.

If you can no longer see bubbles when rinsing your blanket, it’s an indication that tells you there are no more soap residues.

  1. Squeeze the blanket to remove excess water and prepare for the drying process.
  2. Hang the blanket on a clothesline or drying rack to dry.

Once the blanket is completely dry, fold and store it immediately inside your cabinet. Putting a dehumidifier inside your cabinet ensures your stuff stays fresh and dry.

How to make a fleece blanket soft again?

Follow the same procedures mentioned above for making blankets soft again via machine or manual washing.

If drying via clothesline or a dry rack is not possible, put in three tennis balls when drying your blanket in the dryer. It’s another effective way to fluff your blanket and speed up the drying time. The blanket is drier after the drying cycle is over.

How can I make my blanket soft again if the label only allows dry cleaning?

Go to your nearest dry-cleaning service provider and tell them about your concerns. They’re likely to provide a solution to meet your needs. Be prepared to carry extra cash with you in case it’s more expensive than you’ve anticipated.

What are the things that help you make a blanket soft again aside from commercial fabric softeners?

White Vinegar

It’s a mild acid that loosens up the fibers by dissolving the residue build-up and thereby acts as a natural and organic fabric softener.

Other uses of white vinegar in cleaning your clothes

  • Disinfects fabric without using bleach
  • Eliminates mildew smells
  • An effective stain remover
  • Removes gum

Tennis balls

 

Put in at least three tennis balls together with the blanket in the dryer. They act like massaging your blanket during the drying cycle. Always select the low heat or air fluff setting as tennis balls are made of rubber and will melt when subjected to too much heat.