How do I wash a 100% wool blanket?

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How do I wash a 100% wool blanket?
Warm Wool (macro striped wool image by green 308 from Fotolia.com)

Wool blankets are great in the winter. They are warm, cuddly, fairly lightweight and can become family heirlooms if cared for properly. Cleaning a wool blanket can require a bit more effort than something made of cotton, but isn't overly difficult.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Washing machine
  • Wool-safe cleanser
  • Clothes line or drying rack

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Instructions

    Check the Tag

  1. 1

    Check the tag of blanket if it has one)to see if it has washing instructions, and, if so, follow them. The manufacturer usually knows best. If it recommends dry cleaning, this is probably the best way to go, though it may be costly.

    How do I wash a 100% wool blanket?
    Washing Directions (buttons image by Vladimir Karpenko from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    If the tag indicates the blanket is machine-safe, use a special wool-cleaning product. Regular detergent could damage and destroy the fibres.

    How do I wash a 100% wool blanket?
    Delicate Wool (laine image by Claudio Calcagno from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Place the blanket in the washing machine along with the soap and set the machine to the gentle cycle with cold water, so as to avoid putting the blanket through a rough washing at high temperatures.

    How do I wash a 100% wool blanket?
    Gentle Care (washing image by Victor M. from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    After a minute in the spin cycle to remove excess water, remove the blanket from the washing machine. A full cycle could be too strenuous on the wool fibres and could stretch them.

    How do I wash a 100% wool blanket?
    Washing Machine (dirty laundry image by jedphoto from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Air dry the blanket on a clothesline or rack. Never place it in the dryer, which could shrink the blanket, ruining it.

    How do I wash a 100% wool blanket?
    Clean Blanket (laundry image by stoffies from Fotolia.com)

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