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Yay! You're now the proud owner of a weighted blanket! We’re so glad you joined the Napperhood! Now that you’ve got a good few weeks of coziness and deep sleep under your belt, it’s a good time to think about washing your Napper.

This post takes a deep dive into the details about how to wash a weighted blanket so that it stays in good shape for many naps to come.

Let’s help you get your Napper in and out of the wash safe and sound.

Steps For Washing A Weighted Blanket

  1. Check the care instructions
  2. Treat stains
  3. Wash your weighted blanket
  4. Dry your weighted blanket

Washing a weighted blanket is a four-step process, starting with always checking the care label for specific care instructions. Below we’ve outlined each of these steps in more detail.

Step 1: Check the care instructions

An important first step is to check the care label of your weighted blanket for instructions. Not all weighted blankets are crafted from the same fabric, and each type will require different care.

Step 2: Treat stains

If the care instructions on your weighted blanket note that it’s machine washable, it’s useful to check for stains and gently spot treat before you load your blanket into your washing machine. Reminder: never use bleach!

Step 3: Wash your weighted blanket

Now that you've gotten rid of the stains on your weighted blanket, it's time to wash it.

So, how do you wash a weighted blanket at home? Here are some tips:

  • Wash separately in cold water.
  • Select either the delicate or permanent-press cycle.
  • Use only gentle or mild detergent.
  • Wash only your Napper (your socks can wait!).
  • Avoid using fabric softener.
  • No need for bleach anywhere near your Napper.

Step 4: Dry your weighted blankets

We recommend that you tumble dry your Napper on low heat. You might need to do this twice to completely dry your weighted blanket.

Never hang your Napper up to dry – it’ll stretch! We don’t recommend laying our Napper blankets flat to dry either: the chunky-knit fabric can take quite a while to air dry and might end up leaving a musty smell. Opt for tumble drying on low heat, so your Napper stays fresh and feels great.

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How To Wash A 25 lb Or 20 lb Weighted Blanket

Bearaby weighted blankets are available in a variety of weight options. While all our Cotton Nappers and Tree Nappers are machine washable, we recommend checking your washing machine and tumble dryer’s weight capacity before washing and drying one of our heavier blankets.

Our delightfully heavy blankets are great for deep sleep, but best to know beforehand if the washing machine and dryer model you have can bear the full weight of your blanket. If you have 25 lb Napper or an older model or top-loading washing machine or dryer with an agitator, it is best to wash and dry your Napper at a laundromat in a heavy-duty machine. Remember to use mild detergent!

You can check the manual of your washing machine and see how many pounds it can bear. However, if you’re like the majority of us and don’t have the manual to your washing machine lying around, this handy article shows you how to calculate your washing machine’s capacity (note: you will most definitely need a calculator). For example, a typical large capacity front-loading washer comes out to handle 20-22 pounds, but best to check your specific model.

After washing, tumble dry your weighted blanket on low. Two or more drying cycles may be necessary to dry it out completely. We don’t recommend hanging your Napper up to line-dry as this will stretch out all its hand-knit loops.

How Often Should I Wash My Weighted Blanket?

If you use your blanket daily with a sheet underneath, you may want to wash it once per month. If you only use it occasionally, try airing it out frequently and washing it 4-5 times per year.

If you have one of our Velvet Nappers, we recommend handling it with a little extra care by not dry cleaning it too frequently.

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Help! I Spilled Something On My Blanket!

Whether it’s a splash of red wine, a dribble of coffee, or a muddy paw print from your pup, stains happen. Check out The Cleaning Institute for recommendations of what to do for any and all potential stains. Most common spills will involve soaking the blanket or comforter’s affected area in some cold water before gently spot-treating with mild or eco-friendly laundry detergent. Then, wash as usual per the instructions above! If it’s dirt or mud, try first to brush off as much as possible once it’s dried.

What About The Detergent?

You can use a mild or gentle detergent in the washing machine – definitely no need for bleach here! We’re fans of eco-friendly soaps; try Mrs. Meyer’s or Method green laundry detergents. Also, no need for fabric softener or dryer sheets. Feel free to throw a towel in when tumble drying to add a little bit of fluff to your weighted blanket.


Help! My Furry Friend Sheds Like Crazy!

If your dog or cat has added an extra layer to your blanket with its hair, wash the weighted blanket in cold water, like usual. Use a lint roller once it’s completely dry. This should remove the maximum amount of pet hair without damaging the blanket.

A Step-By-Step Guide For How To Wash A Weighted Blanket

How do you wash a weighted blanket? Here are a few helpful do’s and don’ts for washing your Napper to keep it in great shape.

A Step-By-Step Guide For How To Wash A Weighted Blanket


All Bearaby weighted blankets are machine washable, ideally in cold water on a delicate setting.

Nappers are dryer-friendly! Tumble dry on low, keeping in mind two cycles might be necessary to dry it completely. Best to never line dry your Napper to avoid stretching.

Use gentle, eco-friendly detergent without any bleach, and skip the fabric softener and dryer sheets too. Always check your machine’s loading capacity to ensure a thorough clean and to avoid damage to your equipment.

Did you know?
The Royal Flush: Laundry accounts for 21% of indoor water use in households, while flushing the toilet accounts for a whopping 41%!