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  • Washing Blankets

    Is it wrong that the first thing I want to wash in my new super capacity washing machine is winter horse blankets?

    Actually, the real questions is, will I ruin the waterproofing by washing?

    Now if only the DH would go away so he doesn't catch me
    Things Take Time

  • #2
    Of course it isn't wrong to want to wash the blankets first, that's why you got it, right?

    I wash my (very, very dirty) waterproof blankets with water only, or with a bit of the Oxygen Cleaner powder stuff, which hasn't seemed to bother the waterproofness. Using only water actually gets the blanket clean, sometimes I'll run it through twice (like at end of season, last washing before storage) if its not clean enough. Rambo, I believe, makes a "blanket wash" but I've never found the need to use it.

    If you use detergent, you will ruin the waterproofing. And do not put the blanket in the dryer!!


    • #3
      Not wrong at all!!

      It is not wrong at all!!

      It is right and proper.


      • Original Poster

        Still waiting for the DH to go away....

        I have Oxyclean...will try a bit of that. And, no drying.
        Things Take Time


        • #5
          I use Rambo Wash.


          • #6
            I also use the Rambo blanket wash. I've tried the other ones (Nikwax and Eqyss) and don't think they do as good of a job as the Rambo one. I do not use any other products such as oxyclean or bleach or detergents as they are not specifically recommended by the blanket makers. Some of my blankets are still under warranty (such as the Turtlenecks - great warranty) and I want to make sure that I don't do anything to void it.

            If the blankets are really mucky, I'll hose off first. And I might soak them for a bit to loosen the caked on manure if necessary.


            • #7
              We have been looking for a new washer and I am right there with you. I think the first thing I said was that blanket would fit in there really easily.

              Thankfully DH goes back to shiftwork in the new year. He will never know what he doesn't see. :-)


              • Original Poster

                ok...first one is in...size 87, heavy blanket. It fit wonderfully. Hubby is outside rebuilding a shelter, so hopefully occupied for the duration of the wash.

                I don't have the Rambo wash and blankets are not under warranty. They are not super mucky, but I did find a petrified mouse carcass stuck to the inside which I kicked off prior to washing. Now, where to hang it when done? It is 23F and snowing like crazy at the moment. Hmmm, I do have an upstairs balcony...

                Going out to fix a small section of fence and find another tank heater. Hopefully the blanket is in one piece when I get back in.

                Sport...unfortunately my hubby lost his job a couple weeks ago and is now home all the time, although he is getting stuff done around the farm since being unemployed.
                Things Take Time


                • #9
                  An easy way to protect your washing machine is to put old socks over the buckles and I hold them in place with hair elastics. Have never had a sock come off a buckle in the wash, and helps prolong the life of your washing machine...as well as keep the noise level to a minimum!!
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                  • #10
                    Use Rambo Wash or mild laundry detergent, cold water, hang dry and the waterproofing should be fine. Never use regaulr laundry detergent (Tide, All, etc.) because you WILL ruin the waterproofing.


                    • #11
                      The dead mouse carcass reminds me of when I brought a sheet in to wash, saw a yellow jacket crawling around, flung the whole thing outside and slammed the door...watched yellow jackets stream out. There was a big nest on it (had been hanging for a while!). Summer, of course.

                      For drying, not sure how you hide from hubby, but I use the shower of one of our lesser used bathrooms. Any excess water drains, it is heated, and out of the way. I have a big standup drying rack I put in there. If the weather is nice, I'll put it outside, but sounds like your blanket will be a popsicle if you do that now!

                      I also put socks with rubber bands on the buckles. And close all velcro, or they will pick up all the excess hair in the wash and you will regret it!


                      • #12
                        Washing Machine brand and model?

                        I think it would be terribly wrong if the first thing you washed wasn't a horse blanket, or at least something horsey!!!

                        So, what kind of washing machines do you use? Please, do tell! I have another thread going asking about washing machines, and which ones people use and like.


                        • #13
                          hahahahah this person must live at Sunkissed Acres. I just had to buy a new washer when old one kicked the bucket. I realized it was not just an accessory anymore but a real investment so.............................since blanket washing has always been high on my list of can the washing machine deal with, I ended up buying a front load LG thingy. Do I like it, NO, I hate it. I am not in enough control of water level, temp etc etc. Does it fit the blankets well and easily, heck ya. I hate that you have to leave the doors open on them things, thats looking for a kid to crack there head in this house. But, I cant have it all now can I. My absolute favorite machine will always be a top loading, tall center agitator where the basket also moves back and forth. Frigidaire used to make them. I would of course make a larger basket for blanket accomodations.

                          Hey, I just came up with a great fundraising idea. Since I am positive that half the horsey population would buy a machine that can and will handle horsey attire well, I think I should approach the washing machine companies. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                          Our horses are not seen as the old and disabled they may have become, but rather as the mighty steeds they once believed themselves to be.

                          Sunkissed Acres Rescue and Retirement


                          • Original Poster

                            I bought the LG front load super capacity steamwasher. It was on sale at Home Depot, ordered online, free shipping and installation.

                            Both blankets came out nicely. I tried using the "bulky" setting on the first one and that makes the spin cycle go slower, so it didn't drain it very well. Ended up rewashing on the regular cycle and it was much better (dryer). The second one wasn't quite as bulky and washed it on regular and it came out great.

                            snkstacres-mine has total control of all those things, but I really like the "auto load size" sensor as well. I still haven't figured out all the bells and whistles yet though.

                            Edited to add: model is WM2501HVA, originally $1099, on sale for about $500
                            Things Take Time


                            • #15
                              Ok...what do you consider mild laundry detergents? I looked at Walmart last week and the only thing that even looked like it would be considered mild was the detergents made for baby clothing. What brand/kind should I look for? I have 2 bottles of Rambo on order but I am thinking for future purposes.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by ngilland View Post
                                Ok...what do you consider mild laundry detergents? I looked at Walmart last week and the only thing that even looked like it would be considered mild was the detergents made for baby clothing. What brand/kind should I look for? I have 2 bottles of Rambo on order but I am thinking for future purposes.
                                There was an article in Practical Horseman some time ago about washing blankets and it said that you could use Dreft (laundry soap for baby stuff) without compromising the waterproofing. I tried it but felt it was too sudsy for my front loader, so I just buy the big bottles of Rambo wash.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by horsepoor View Post
                                  There was an article in Practical Horseman some time ago about washing blankets and it said that you could use Dreft (laundry soap for baby stuff) without compromising the waterproofing. I tried it but felt it was too sudsy for my front loader, so I just buy the big bottles of Rambo wash.
                                  Thanks!!! I do remember seeing that stuff at Walmart. I think I am going to get some until I get my rambo wash comes in. My boys blankets are quite dirty at the moment. The local laundromat is not going to like me very much!


                                  • #18
                                    I used Woolite, which I thought would be mild, but apparently not, because now my blanket is less waterproof than it used to be. Has anyone used Nikwax or Schneiders to re-waterproof?


                                    • #19
                                      For those of you washing the blankets when your SO isn't around what do you do to get the excess hair out of the machine? Wipe with a cloth on the inside? Run the machine empty on a rinse cycle? I don't think I can be all sneaky about it, I was thinking it would be much easier to just buy a second washing machine, used, for this purpose. Anyone do that?


                                      • #20
                                        I have washed my horse blankets in my wringerless washer for years and they are still going strong and waterproof.
                                        I wash with a cheap human shampoo, Tresemme, for "normal" hair (dont know what the special types would do to the blanket and I don't want to de-frizz blankets) and on delicate cycle. I wash blankets a lot as I hate for them to look muddy or manure coated and they are still waterproof. Turn them inside out to clean the lining.
                                        Gotta love Maytag and other washers with the no wringer feature. King size comforters, big dog beds and big horse blankets all go thru the cycle well.

                                        In my Maytag (and this is my 2nd one) all the dog and cat and horse and human hair goes out with the rinse. I do have to unclog the external drain sometimes.