At Luna, one of the most common questions we receive revolves around the proper care for weighted blankets. Understandably, users want to know if they can wash their weighted blankets — and more than that, they also want to know how to wash a weighted blanket.
Luna weighted blankets are 100% safe for the washer, but not every weighted blanket manufacturer out there can make the same claim. Here’s what you need to know before you buy.
Is Your Weighted Blanket Machine Washer Safe?
There’s nothing better than snuggling up with a new blanket, especially if it’s a weighted blanket. However, spills and muddy paw prints can happen. Whether you’re on the sofa with a mug of coffee or sneaking a few crackers in bed, it’s easy to end up with a stain or two.
When you need to wash and care for your weighted blanket, it’s important to know the best way to make sure it keeps its shape and function through a wash and dry cycle.
Washing Your Weighted Blanket
First, we’ll cover washing instructions for Luna weighted blankets. For all Luna weighted blankets, we recommend washing your blanket separately. For best results, don’t combine other items with your weighted blanket in the washing machine. Wash your weighted blanket separately with regular detergent.
- 100% Cotton Weighted Blankets - At Luna, all of our weighted blankets are safe for the washer. If you order a 100% cotton blanket, you should wash it in warm or cold water on a gentle setting. For blankets made with fabric that’s a bright or dark color, we recommend washing in cold water first with a cup of salt to lock in the color and prevent any dye from running or fading.
Oeko-Tex Certified Fabric Weighted Blankets - For a Luna weighted blanket made with one of our organic chemical free-fabrics, wash in warm or hot water.
- Weighted Blankets with Minky Fabric - If you have a Luna weighted blanket made with our super soft minky fabric, wash on cold with detergent but skip the fabric softener.
Should you ever take your weighted blanket to a laundromat? We recommend doing this for blankets that weigh over 10 pounds, although your machine might be able to handle a bigger size if you have a front loader washing machine without a center agitator.
If you’re concerned that your weighted blanket will bunch up and throw your machine off balance, it might be best to wash it at the laundromat using the same washing instructions for smaller weighted blankets.
For young kids (and adults, too!), many people like ordering a duvet cover for their Luna weighted blanket. The duvet cover is easy to remove, with ties that make it simple and hassle-free to put the duvet on and remove it for no-fuss washing and drying.
Oeko-Tex Certified Weighted Blanket
We specialized in Oeko-Tex certified bedding. This is an even higher designation than organic and ensures that no harmful chemicals were used at any stage of the manufacturing process. For those especially concerned about where their fabrics come from, Luna helps customers sleep easier knowing their products are free from not-so-pretty additives, such as formaldehyde (which is commonly used as a finish in wrinkle-free or wrinkle-resistant bedding).
A Word of Caution About Other Weighted Blanket Manufacturers
Do you own a weighted blanket made by another manufacturer? Are you shopping around, wondering which weighted blanket is right for you? Pay close attention to the washing and care instructions listed on the manufacturer’s website, as some weighted blankets contain covers or duvets that don’t detach from the weighted blanket, making washing more difficult.
Other weighted blankets are spot-clean only, which means you can’t put them in a washing machine without ruining the pellets inside. This compromises the therapeutic benefits of the weighted blanket — and who has the budget to order a new weighted blanket every time you need to wash it?
At Luna, we want our customers to enjoy their weighted blankets whenever and wherever they need them. Because all of our weighted blankets can be washed in a regular washer and dryer, you can feel confident taking your weighted blanket in the car, to school, at the doctor’s office, on vacation or anywhere else you or your child might want to use it.
Drying Your Weighted Blanket
When it comes to drying your weighted blanket, what’s inside matters. At Luna, we use 100% medical grade glass beads to give our blankets weight. The polypropylene pellets are hypoallergenic, non-toxic and, but you should always hang dry your weighted blanket.
- 100% Cotton Weighted Blankets - Hang dry only. Don’t dry clean.
- Weighted Blankets with Minky Fabric - Hang dry only. Don't dry clean.
If you’ve purchased a weighted blanket from a different manufacturer, be cautious about drying it in a machine. The reason is that some manufacturers have attempted to cut their costs by using less expensive pellets in their blankets.
Some of these low-quality pellets are more porous, and they melt at very low temperatures, meaning you can’t put them in the dryer. For heavier blankets made by manufacturers who use low-quality pellets and fillers, it can take a very long time to line dry a weighted blanket. Fortunately, if you purchase from Luna, you don’t have to worry about cheap or inferior pellets or fillers, as we use the highest quality glass beads.
Should You Iron Your Weighted Blanket?
You should never iron your Luna weighted blanket, as the high heat could damage the glass beads inside. However, if you have a duvet cover for your weighted blanket, it’s perfectly okay to iron the duvet cover on a low heat setting before putting the duvet cover back on your weighted blanket.