How to wash an electric blanket – instructions

If you use your heating pad on your back or the heated blanket regularly, you should definitely clean it for hygienic reasons. Because when using it, you will sweat and attack the material. But how exactly can you wash the electric blanket and what do you have to pay attention to?

The following instructions show how you can wash the electric blanket without damaging it and continue to enjoy it for a long time.

The electric blanket is subject to a high level of wear and tear during use. The sweat is absorbed by the materials and so that they are not damaged, it is necessary to clean the electric blanket.

In particular, ecological materials are less resistant and therefore it is necessary to wash the electric blanket regularly. By washing, the electric blanket not only remains attractive, but also clean and you can use it for several years without losing its quality. Regular cleaning is therefore a must for the electric blanket and should not be neglected.

But how exactly does cleaning work without damaging the product?


First of all, I would like to point out that not all electric blankets can be cleaned . You should always follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions . As a rule, however, the cleaning takes place as follows.

Before you carry out any cleaning work, it is absolutely necessary to pull out the power plug. Cleaning can only be carried out with a separate power supply. So switch off the electric blanket, remove the power plug and the control cable. These are items that are not washable.

The electric blanket is exposed to great forces in the machine. Inside are the heating elements and before spinning it is important that the elements are not damaged and are properly arranged. If you notice that the elements are shifted or perhaps protrude through the fabric, you must not machine wash the electric blanket.

Rather, you should either complain to the manufacturer about the electric blanket or dispose of it. If there is any damage, refrain from further use.

If you are using an older model, it may happen that it does not have a detachable control cable. You must not machine wash them. However, you can clean the material by hand and protect the control cable from moisture.

How exactly the cleaning takes place in the machine is specified by the manufacturer . This already gives care instructions which state which wash cycle and which temperatures may be used. It is best to also read the brochure for the electric blanket to find out in detail how it can be washed.

Before the electric blanket is machine washed, most manufacturers recommend that you soak it briefly . Soak them in cold or lukewarm water for 5 to 15 minutes. This makes the electric blanket a little more flexible and withstands the stress of the machine better.

In order not to put too much strain on the electric blanket, we recommend setting the gentle wash cycle . You should only use the detergent very sparingly and avoid other cleaning agents. So don’t use fabric softener or other chemicals .

If you decide to hand wash, you should also proceed very gently. It is best if you move them around in lukewarm water for around 2 minutes and then just let them soak for around 15 minutes. Then rinse out the soapy water and let it dry.


After washing, you can put the electric blanket in the dryer. The prerequisite for this, however, is that the dryer is of sufficient size . It can only be used in the dryer if it is large enough for the electric blanket to move freely. Otherwise, you should air dry the electric blanket regularly.

When drying, you must also follow the manufacturer’s instructions. This could indicate, for example, that the dryer needs to be preheated briefly . You can then dry the electric blanket on the lowest setting for about 5 to 10 minutes.

The electric blanket will still be slightly damp after use. This is by design and you shouldn’t try to dry the electric blanket completely in the machine.

After removing it from the dryer, it may be necessary to stretch the electric blanket . Otherwise the material could contract and be damaged. So stretch the blanket to avoid damaging it. The best way to do this is to have someone else help you.

Then you let the electric blanket air dry . Make sure that the clothesline or clothes horse can withstand the weight of the electric blanket. After all, this is a little heavier than ordinary clothing.


With this procedure you will be on the safe side and not cause any damage to the electric blanket. In order not to cause any problems for your neck heating pad, follow the further cleaning instructions.


Chemical cleaning is not more gentle on the electric blanket, but could damage the insulation of the heating elements. In the worst case, you call for damage to the heating elements and you can no longer use the blanket. Therefore, do not use dry cleaning at all.


If you want an electric blanket that is as smooth and wrinkle-free as possible, the obvious idea is that you could achieve this by ironing. However, the heat from the iron could damage the heating elements and the surrounding insulation . It is not a simple blanket, but an electrical product that needs to be treated separately.


After you’ve done the cleaning, quickly check that the electric blanket has weathered the laundry well. See if there are weak points, the heating elements are no longer correctly arranged or other damage can be seen.

You should only use the electric blanket if it is completely free of damage . It is helpful for this if you check the ceiling through a bright light source. There you can see the heating elements better and check their condition.

With these care instructions it is possible to wash the electric blanket. Be careful, however, and pay attention to what the manufacturer recommends when cleaning. Then you will enjoy the warmth for a long time and enjoy the cozy atmosphere.

Jamie Clark

Hello, I’m Jamie Clark, 32 years old, and I have been living in the USA for a few years.
Since I was a child, I have suffered from a house dust allergy, severely affecting me. I felt the effects both while exercising and while sleeping. Constant sneezing after getting up and difficult breathing were the consequences. The allergy has also developed into asthma, which is still a sporting restriction today.

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