How to Wash a Wool Blanket in the Washing Machine

Updated February 21, 2017

Blankets made of wool possess many attractive qualities such as fire, water and wrinkle resistance as well as superior insulation. When caring for a woollen blanket, you should always defer to the washing instructions the product includes. Some manufacturers recommend that you dry-clean products. Yet, some wool is fine to wash in the washing machine.

Fill your washing machine with cool to lukewarm water, turn it off, and add the recommended amount of gentle soap to the water, such as a wool wash or castille soap. Avoid using commercial laundry detergents with additives and fragrances.

Place your woollen blanket into the washing machine, and push it into the water. Allow the blanket to soak for approximately 10-15 minutes with the washing machine off.

Use your hands to agitate the blanket in the water. Select the "Spin" cycle on your washing machine and allow it to spin the wool blanket.

Take the blanket out of the washing machine and place it aside for a moment. Re-fill the washing machine with cool to lukewarm water and stop it.

Place the blanket in the water and allow to soak for 10-15 minutes before selecting the "Spin" cycle. Allow the spin cycle to finish, and remove the blanket from the washing machine and spread it out on a flat surface to dry. If you have a drying rack large enough to accommodate the blanket, use it.


Do not place the blanket in the washing machine and allow running water to shower onto it. Place the blanket in the water after you have run it into the machine. Do not use the electric dryer to dry your blanket. It may result in shrinkage or cause damage to the fibres.

Things You'll Need

  • Washing machine
  • Cool to lukewarm water
  • Gentle soap
  • Drying rack or flat area for drying
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Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.