How to Wash and Care for a Weighted Blanket

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Once you've discovered the benefits of using your weighted blanket, you may wonder if you can wash it like your comforters, quilts, and throw blankets. This popular type of bedding is helpful for many people in promoting better sleep, relieving anxiety, and lessening aches and pains—but it also requires specific cleaning steps to stay in good shape.

Thankfully, cleaning your weighted blanket is easy with the proper techniques. Always read the care label to determine whether the blanket should be hand-washed, machine-washed, or dry-cleaned, and allow plenty of drying time (up to 48 hours).

What Is a Weighted Blanket?

Weighted blankets are designed to be heavy, often weighing between five and 30 pounds to create deep pressure stimulation and a relaxing feeling. While almost all outer fabrics are washable, the filling that adds the weight may not be.

Washability of Weighted Blanket Fillers
Microglass beads Hand wash only, air-dry or tumble low
Plastic pellets Washable in cold water only, air-dry
Steel shot beads Hand or machine wash, air-dry
Smooth pebbles Hand wash only, air-dry
Organic material (corn, beans, rice) Not washable, spot clean only
Sand Not washable, spot clean only

At home, you will have the best outcome if you have a front-load washer or top-load washer without a center agitator. Be sure that the capacity of your washer can handle the size of the blanket. If not, you should wash the blanket by hand in the bathtub or head to a laundromat to use a larger machine.

How Often Should You Wash a Weighted Blanket?

How often to wash your weighted blanket depends on how often you use it. For average to rare use, wash the cover monthly to seasonally. Wash the blanket itself seasonally to annually. With daily use, it's best to clean your blanket's cover weekly to bi-weekly and wash the blanket every few months.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Large capacity washing machine
  • Bathtub
  • Large, sturdy drying rack
  • Plastic sheeting or tarp


  • Gentle laundry detergent
  • Enzyme-based stain remover


materials for washing a weighted blanket
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How to Wash a Weighted Blanket
Detergent Gentle laundry detergent
Water Temperature Cold to lukewarm
Cycle Type Gentle, hand-wash, or normal
Drying Cycle Type Low to medium heat or air-dry only
Special Treatments Pre-treat stains
Iron Settings Not recommended; iron covers only
How Often to Wash Depending on use: Weekly to seasonally (blanket cover); seasonally to annually (blanket itself)

Pre-Washing Instructions

  1. Remove Outer Cover

    Take the cover off the blanket. Many weighted blankets have a duvet-like cover that can be removed. There are usually inner ties that should be loosened before removing the cover. Unless there has been a liquid spill or urine accident, only the cover will need to be washed regularly.

    The cover should be washed separately from the weighted blanket.

    removing the outer cover of the blanket
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  2. Determine the Fiber Content of the Fabric

    Whether the covering is removable or not, you need to know the fiber content to choose the best cleaning method. Check the blanket's care label to determine the right option.

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    How to Wash by Cover Fabric
    Fiber Content Washing Temperature Wash Cycle Detergent Drying Cycle Special Instructions
    Faux Fur/Plush Cold  Gentle Regular detergent Low heat or Air-dry No fabric softener
    Cotton/Flannel Warm or cold Normal Regular detergent Medium to Low heat  
    Wool Cold Gentle or Hand-Wash Wool wash Air-dry only  
    Rayon/Lyocell Cold Gentle or Hand-Wash Gentle detergent Air-dry only Reshape and dry flat
    Silk Cold Hand-Wash Gentle detergent Air-dry only Dry-cleaning preferred
  3. Check for Stains

    If the blanket looks clean and smells fresh but has a stain, you may be able to spot-treat that area instead of washing the entire blanket. Even weighted comforters with glass bead filling (labeled as dry-clean only) can be spot-treated for stains. Before washing, pre-treat stains according to the type of stain.

    Most food and drink stains can be removed by treating them with an enzyme-based stain remover. Apply a small amount to the stained area and work it into the fabric with your fingers. Allow it to work for at least 15 minutes before washing the blanket.

    pretreating stains with dtergent
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How to Machine-Wash Your Weighted Blanket

  1. Load the Washer

    Check the capacity of your washer to ensure it can handle the weight and size of the blanket. The blanket should be washed alone.

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  2. Wash the Blanket

    Follow the recommended water temperature, cycle, and detergent recommendations for the type of fabric. Set the washer accordingly and wash the item.

    starting the washer

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How to Hand-Wash Your Weighted Blanket

  1. Prepare for Hand-Washing

    If you are hand-washing the blanket, give your bathtub a good cleaning to make sure there are no products or grime that can stain the fabric. Fill the tub with cold or lukewarm water and add the recommended detergent.

    Less is more when it comes to detergent or wool wash: You do not want to have excessive product residue to rinse away. Swish the detergent through the water to make sure it is well-mixed.

    Filling a tub with water and detergent

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  2. Submerge in Soapy Water

    Lower the blanket into the water and detergent solution. Make sure that the entire blanket is submerged. Gently squeeze the water through the fabric. Leave the blanket to soak for at least 15 minutes.

    Letting the blanket soak in the tub

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  3. Rinse the Blanket

    Lift the blanket out of the soapy water and drain the tub. Refill the tub with cool fresh water. Gently squeeze the water through the blanket.

    Submerging the weighted blanket in the tub

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  4. Drain and Repeat

    Drain the tub and refill it again. Repeat the rinsing process until there are no suds left. Drain the tub and gently squeeze out the excess water. Do not wring.

    Repeating the washing process

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How to Dry Your Weighted Blanket

  1. Choose Your Drying Method

    The only type of weighted blanket that can be safely dried on the low heat cycle in an automatic tumble dryer is one filled with microglass beads, as this filling does not melt.

    All other blankets should be dried flat. Spread the blanket on a layer of plastic sheeting or a plastic tarp to protect floors. Evenly distribute the inner filling if it has shifted. You can help absorb excess moisture by pressing fresh, dry towels on the surface.

    Allow the blanket to dry flat. Turn it every four or five hours to help speed drying. It will take 24 to 48 hours to dry completely.

    laying the blanket flat to dry

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    Do not hang a wet weighted blanket to dry on a clothesline. The filling may shift and be difficult to return to an even layer.

  2. Reassemble Cover and Blanket

    Once the weighted blanket is completely dry, it can be inserted and attached to the outer cover.

    reassembling the blanket

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Treating Stains on Weighted Blankets

Treating stains early is key: If you're able to rinse the stain in cold water as soon as it happens, you'll have the best chance at removing it. Enzyme-based stain removers can tackle even stubborn stains, including protein stains like red sauce or blood. Less serious stains can often be treated with gentle laundry detergent or dish soap.

Weighted Blanket Care and Repairs

If your weighted blanket has small rips or larger tears, it's best to repair them by sewing them shut. First, determine whether the problem is only on the blanket's cover or if it has torn through the blanket itself. Always sew up rips in the cover and the blanket separately so you'll still be able to remove the cover for future washes.

Ironing Weighted Blankets

Most weighted blankets should not be ironed, as this can damage the inner filling. However, if your weighted blanket's cover is made from an iron-safe material like cotton, you can remove the cover and iron it alone. Allow the cover to cool before putting it back on the blanket. Additional cover fabrics like linen, polyester, wool, and more can be ironed on the back side of the fabric using the correct recommended iron temperatures.

Storing Weighted Blankets

Store your weighted blanket by gently folding or rolling it, then placing it in the storage bag it came in or on a shelf in your linen closet. These blankets can be stored similar to comforters, quilts, and duvets.

Additional Tips for Washing Weighted Blankets

  • Fold up the blanket and put it away after each use; do not use it as a bed cover.
  • Don't eat or sit on the blanket.
  • Spot clean any spills or stains as soon as possible.
  • If your pet sleeps with you, use a lint roller at least once a week to remove any of their shedded hair. Always make sure they sleep on top of the blanket, as the weight of the blanket might be too heavy for pets.
  • Can Weighted Blankets Be Washed by Hand?

    Most weighted blankets can be hand-washed, although some require dry-cleaning. Additionally, your weighted blanket may be suitable for machine washing. Always check the care tag before cleaning to determine the proper method.

  • Can a Weighted Blanket Go in the Dryer?

    Most weighted blankets should not be dried, except for those filled with microglass beads. It's best to stay on the safe side by air-drying your weighted blanket flat to preserve the shape of the filling.

  • Can Weighted Blankets Be Washed With Other Clothing Items?

    Weighted blankets should be washed alone without other bedding or clothing items. Before putting your blanket in your washer, check its care tag to ensure that it is machine-washable.

  • What Is Inside a Weighted Blanket?

    Weighted blankets are usually filled with microglass beads or plastic pellets, but some are filled with steel shot beads or smooth pebbles. While it's less common, some weighted blankets are also filled with sand or organic materials like corn, beans, or rice (but this usually applies to therapeutic pillows rather than whole blankets).