The blanket is one of the best inventions of mankind. It is probably the one thing that one loves more than one’s partner during the winters. Blankets have been in use for centuries, helping and motivating people to snuggle up on their beds for a sound, cozy sleep.
Washing a blanket may be a tedious job, but it is very important to keep the blankets clean to avoid unpleasant smell and to keep any bacteria at bay. Clean and fresh blankets are a treat for tired and jet lagged-hotel guests. This article will give you 5 tips you must follow while washing a blanket, but let’s first go back in time for a historic tour of the origins of this wonderful invention.
The origins of blankets are traced back to the prehistoric times, when they were made with animal skin, piles of grass and woven reeds. However, the invention of the woolen blankets is believed to have happened in the 14th century. A Flemish weaver and wool merchant, Thomas Blanket or Blanquette, who lived in England is said to have invented the woolen blanket. According to the legend, one winter night Blanket and his wife were too cold to sleep. On an instinct, Thomas Blanket walked into his workshop and brought in a length of woolen cloth he was working on and spread it on the bed. By the next morning, he was determined to set up a business of blankets. He then developed a heavily napped woolen weave and soon enough blankets became the next trend in town.
Today, the word blanket is very liberally applied to quilts, bedspreads, comforters, and duvets. They are made of a variety of materials including fleece, cotton, linen, silk, synthetic fibers, goose down, and old clothes. Now, let’s go back to Where we started.
Here are a few tips for washing blankets:
Most bedding materials come with their own set of washing
instructions. Before you set on to washing the blankets, carefully read the label for special care instructions.
Wash the blankets once every two weeks. One way to ensure your blanket
doesn’t get dirty soon is by placing a thin bedsheet over it to avoid it getting in direct contact with the skin.
Dry only 80% after wash
Completely drying a blanket causes it to shrink. Take it out of
the dryer when it’s about 80% dry and then hang it outside in open air.
Use a pillow cover
If your blanket tends to shed in the washing machine, place it in a
large pillowcase and then put it in the washer.
Hard water can make the blankets rough. Use a fabric softener to keep the
blankets soft. To ensure the softener spreads evenly all over the blanket, mix some of it in a cup of water and add the solution in the washer that is filled with water.
Did you know blankets don’t actually generate any heat?
When one covers oneself with a blanket, it merely traps the body heat inside, keeping the body warm.
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