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Article: Can You Dry a Weighted Blanket?

can you dry a weighted blanket

Can You Dry a Weighted Blanket?

Wondering can you dry a weighted blanket without causing a laundry catastrophe? The answer is yes, and there are 3 major ways to do so, which we will explore!

We'll also cover everything you need to know about drying your weighted blanket at a laundromat, the ins and outs of using a dryer at home, and the best practices for air drying.

Plus, we'll touch on how often you should wash and dry your weighted blanket and give you an idea of how long the drying process might take. And for those pondering, can i put my weighted blanket in the dryer? Probably. Check the care label to make sure.

Let's get started!

What this article covers:

How to Dry a Weighted Blanket

Drying your weighted blanket doesn't have to be a daunting task. With the right approach, you can maintain its pristine condition.

Here are some tips and tricks to make the process smooth and effective.

How To Dry A Weighted Blanket At A Laundromat

Drying a weighted blanket at a laundromat can be helpful if you don't have the right setup at home. The key here is to choose a dryer that can accommodate the size and weight of your blanket.

Start by selecting a low or medium heat setting to prevent any damage to the fabric or filling. Avoid high heat, as it can cause the materials inside your blanket to melt or become misshapen.

For even drying, pause the cycle halfway through to reposition your blanket. This helps avoid any damp spots that could lead to mildew.

Once the cycle is complete, check your blanket to make sure it's dry before taking it home. If it's still damp, run it through another short cycle.

How To Dry A Weighted Blanket Using A Dryer

First, check that your home dryer is large enough to handle your blanket without overcrowding. Opt for a gentle, low heat setting to protect the integrity of the blanket.

Before starting the dryer, toss in a few clean tennis balls or dryer balls. These help to keep the blanket moving and prevent the materials clumping together.

How To Air Dry A Weighted Blanket

Based on our observations, air drying your weighted blanket is the gentlest option and can significantly extend its lifespan. The process might take longer, but it's worth it for the sake of your blanket.

Start by wringing out any excess water gently—avoid twisting, as this can damage the blanket. Then, find a suitable spot where your blanket can lay flat to dry, like a clean, dry surface or a couple of laundry racks or chairs positioned closely together.

Spread it out, flattening any folds or creases that could lead to uneven drying.

If possible, choose a well-ventilated area or an outdoor spot in the shade, as direct sunlight can fade the fabric. Flip the blanket every few hours to promote even drying on both sides.

Depending on the climate and the blanket's thickness, it might take a full day or even longer to dry completely. Avoid the temptation to use high heat for a quicker fix—your blanket will thank you for years to come.

how to dry weighted blanket

How Often Should You Wash and Dry Your Weighted Blanket?

The frequency of washing and drying your weighted blanket largely depends on how often you use it, and its exposure to dirt.

Can you sleep with a weighted blanket? You can, but this will likely mean more frequent washes.

Typically, it's recommended to wash your weighted blanket approximately every 2 to 3 months if it's used with a duvet cover, or more frequently (once per month) if it's used without one or if you have allergies or sensitivities.

For specifics, consider the material and construction of your weighted blanket. Blankets made with natural fibers like cotton are more breathable and can be easier to maintain, while those with fillers or synthetic materials may require more careful handling.

Speaking of maintenance, our 12lb weighted blanket is a dream to keep clean. Handmade with pure cotton, this blanket offers superior coolness, while being machine washable. Our research indicates that the absence of fillers enhances its coolness and makes maintenance a piece of cake.

How heavy should a weighted blanket be? Approximately 10% of your body weight. Our weighted blanket is available in 3 sizes and weights, 10 lb (40 x 64), 12 lb (40 x 72), 15lb (44 x 72), there's something for everyone.

How Long Does It Take for a Weighted Blanket to Dry?

The drying time for a weighted blanket can vary significantly based on the method used and the blanket's material. Generally, it may take anywhere from a few hours to a full day or longer for a weighted blanket to dry completely.

When using a dryer, a weighted blanket made of materials like cotton can dry in about 2-3 hours on a low heat setting.

drying weighted blanket

Our findings show that air drying requires more time, often up to 48 hours. The exact time depends on environmental conditions like humidity, air circulation, and temperature.

In the spirit of maintaining your bedding in optimal condition, consider our knitted weighted blanket. Crafted from sustainable cotton and certified by leading independent authorities like OEKOTex or GOTS, this blanket is not only environmentally friendly but also designed for comfort in all seasons.

Easy to care for and durable, this knitted weighted blanket is a perfect addition to any bedroom.


Throughout this guide, we've unwrapped the essentials of keeping your weighted blanket in prime condition, focusing on the best drying techniques.

Whether you're using a laundromat, your home dryer, or opting for the gentle touch of air drying, we've provided detailed insights to help you navigate the process with ease.

For those seeking the ultimate in comfort and ease of care, we at California Design Den offer the perfect solution with our collection of weighted blankets. Explore our range and find your perfect sleep companion today!

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