Care Guide for Baby Blankets: How To Wash and Store
February 28, 2023
Baby blankets are a treasured item that parents and caregivers use to keep their little ones warm, cozy, and comfortable. However, with frequent use and exposure to spit-up, drool, and other contaminants, baby blankets can quickly become dirty and smelly if not cared for correctly. In this guide, we'll provide you with practical tips on how to wash and store your baby blankets, so they remain in good condition and soft, ensuring your baby's comfort and safety.
The Right Way To Wash Baby Blankets
Washing baby blankets is an essential part of caring for your little one. It's important to wash them frequently to keep them clean and hygienic. Here are some guidelines to help you wash baby blankets:
Machine Washing Baby Blankets
- Check the care label to see if the baby blanket is machine washable.
- Separate the blankets by color and fabric type. For example, wash white or light-colored blankets separately from dark or brightly colored blankets to avoid color bleeding.
- Place the blankets in the washing machine and add a small amount of baby detergent. Avoid using fabric softeners or bleach as they can be harsh on baby's skin.
- Select a gentle cycle on the washing machine and use cold water. Avoid hot water as it can shrink or damage the fabric.
- Start the wash cycle and wait until it's finished.
- Remove the blankets from the washer and tumble dry on low heat or hang them on a clothesline to air dry. If you're using the dryer, add some clean tennis balls or dryer balls to the load to fluff the blankets and help them dry faster.
If the care label indicates that the baby blanket should be hand washed, follow these steps:
- Fill a sink or basin with cool or lukewarm water and add a small amount of baby detergent.
- Place the blanket in the water and gently scrub it with your hands. Avoid rubbing too hard as it can damage the fabric or cause pilling.
- Rinse the blanket thoroughly under running water to remove all the soap.
- Gently squeeze out the excess water. Avoid twisting or wringing the blanket as it can damage the fabric.
- Hang the blanket on a clothesline to air dry. If you're using the dryer, tumble dry on low heat and add some clean tennis balls or dryer balls to the load to fluff the blankets and help them dry faster.
If the care label on your baby blanket says "Dry Clean Only," take it to a professional dry cleaner. Do not attempt to wash it at home as it may damage the fabric or color. Dry cleaning is a special process that uses solvents to clean delicate fabrics without water. Professional dry cleaners have the knowledge and equipment to handle different types of fabrics and embellishments.
How Often To Wash Baby Blankets
Baby blankets can be washed as needed or when they become visibly soiled. It's best to use a gentle detergent and avoid fabric softeners and harsh chemicals that can irritate the baby's delicate skin.
The Right Way To Store Baby Blankets
How to Fold Baby Blankets:
- Lay the blanket on a flat surface with the wrong side up.
- Fold the blanket in half lengthwise.
- Fold the blanket in half lengthwise again.
- Continue folding the blanket in half until it is a manageable size.
- How to Roll Baby Blankets:
- Lay the blanket on a flat surface with the right side up.
- Starting at one end, tightly roll the blanket towards the other end.
- Smooth out any wrinkles or creases as you go.
- Secure the rolled blanket with a ribbon or band.
Expert Advice for Maintaining The Quality Of Your Baby Blankets
To keep baby blankets in top shape, it's important to follow the care label instructions for washing and drying. In addition, there are a few practical tips you can follow. For instance, it's recommended to wash baby blankets with similar materials to reduce friction and protect the fabric. Securing any closures, such as snaps or velcro straps, can help prevent snagging or damage to the fabric during washing. It's also a good idea to wash baby clothes inside out to protect any delicate embellishments or prints. Using salt as a mordant or dye-fixer can prevent color bleeding for new clothes. Investing in mesh bags or a proper drying rack can help reduce wear and tear during the washing and drying process. Finally, skipping the dryer whenever possible and air drying baby blankets can help prevent shrinkage or damage to the fabric. By following these tips, you can help keep your baby blankets clean, hygienic, and in top shape for your little one.
Just a friendly reminder that this care guide for baby blankets only provides general advice. Your baby blankets may have specific care requirements based on its material, style, and manufacturer instructions, so always check the care label before washing or storing it. If you're unsure about anything, it's always best to consult a professional cleaner. Please note that the author of this guide is not responsible for any damages or losses resulting from the use or misuse of any information from this blog.
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