If you’ve ever struggled with sleeping well at night or had a medical condition, an occupational therapist might have recommended a weighted blanket to you and how to wash a weighted blanket may have been top on the list of questions in your mind. One other question that may bother you is, “Are weighted blankets hot?” This article will answer these two questions.
A weighted blanket has numerous benefits. It helps to relieve or reduce insomnia (sleeplessness at night), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), restless syndrome, etc. It can also be used by anyone who just wants to relax. It has a calming effect, to enhance relaxation and sound sleep.
Most times, a weighted blanket depends on individual preferences. This simply means that its weight and size varies from one person to another. In addition, producers have claimed that the ideal weight is about ten percent of a person’s body weight, with one extra pound or two.
On how to wash a weighted blanket, according to some manufacturers, you can give your blanket a gentle wash with hot or cold water. You can wash with your hands or use a washer.
You don’t need to wash your weighted blanket everyday. If you use it every night, washing it once a month is okay. If you use it periodically, you can wash it four to five times a year.
How to Wash a Weighted Blanket?
The first thing to note, when cleaning a weighted blanket in a washer, ensure you wash it only in cool water.
A washing machine can hold a weighted blanket of 20 pounds and less. Commercial washing machines are larger and more built than household washers and are capable of cleaning very heavy blankets. In general, when a weighted blanket is above 25 pounds, it is too heavy to wash in a household washer.
In addition, make sure you employ a mild laundry detergent free of bleach or any tough material. You can use an all-natural detergent at home.
After washing your blanket, take care when drying it. You can either dry the freshly laundered blanket or line dry it naturally. You can hang-dry the blanket. This helps to prolong the life of the fabric and the filler. Most weighted blankets are produced to withstand moderate heat without melting.
ARE WEIGHTED BLANKETS HOT?
Now to the question, “Are weighted blankets hot?” The answer is no. They are made up of fillings that have a cooling effect on the body. These fillers include poly-pellets, polythene, etc., all of which absorb heat. One of the functions of a weighted blanket is to enhance a restful night. So, if it is hot, how does it perform that function?
I believe with this article, you’ll have no worries about washing your blanket and about if you’ll feel hot at night. It is a trendy product in the market and can make a good hug at night when alone.