How to Wash a Wool Blanket for Warmth That Smells Good Too

Many campers wonder how to wash a wool blanket in the washing machine, and whether doing so is a good idea.

While most wool items are much too delicate to be thrown inside the washing machine, many wool blankets are a blend of wool and another fiber. Therefore, you can usually wash a wool blanket on a gentle cycle.

However, don’t take our word for it. Check the care label first. Bring the blanket to a professional if the care label says, “Dry Clean Only.”

If the care label doesn’t warn you against the dangers of machine washing, put the blanket inside the washing machine, and add just a drop of gentle detergent designed for wool items.

Set the washing machine to a delicate or wool cycle and let it run for two minutes before canceling it.

Then, switch to the rinse cycle. If your wool is scratchy, consider adding two cups of white vinegar or several drops of liquid vegetable glycerin (which can be found in the baking aisle of most stores or else at the pharmacy). Allow the rinse cycle to complete.

Never wash more than one wool blanket at a time. If you do, they will abrade against each other, causing pilling.

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