How to Wash Yoga Blankets
Yoga is undeniably one of the most popular low-intensity exercises today. Just like in any other form of work out, enthusiasts are bringing in props in the game, these props include yoga blocks, exercise balls, trapeze, and blankets are part of the favorites list. Its affordability and versatility made it an excellent prop choice, be it for a beginner or a yoga expert.
Although it is way different from the regular cardio exercises, yoga is also designed to strengthen the muscles, therefore, would still make one sweat a lot. And sweating means that the yoga blanket used will accumulate bacteria and it can be multiplied fast if it is not cleaned regularly and properly. And the way to use yoga blankets is to support and wrap our body, bacteria and germs can be transferred easily. Bacteria can also cause bad odor. Which will make the practice of yoga uncomfortable not only for you but for those around you as well.
Yoga blankets, just like any other linens, are made out of different types of materials, and there are several of them. The type of care that is needed for the yoga blanket, would definitely depend on the type of materials used. It is also important to check the product’s label before washing, as many manufacturers provide and include instructions on how to care and wash the yoga blanket depending on the material used.
How to Clean Your Yoga Blankets
1. Cotton blanket
This is the most common material used in yoga blankets. This soft and luxurious material varies in sizes, colors, and even weaves for different climates.
To wash, use cold water and wash either by hand or using a washing machine. A non-scented or lightly scented detergent can be used. This material easily shrinks, so hang to dry.
2. Wool Blanket
These blankets need not be scratchy. Recycled wool does not only help protect the environment but is also durable and soft. It is by far the thickest and warmest material you can get.
Wash using cold water, either by hand or using a washing machine. Use a non-scented or lightly scented detergent and hang to dry.
3. Blended Blanket
This is the most commonly used Mexican Blanket you can get for several reasons. This material is generally a mix of polyester, acrylic, and cotton. This greatly decreases the prices and provides a greater staying effect for dyes. Most of the materials used in this type of blankets are recycled from textile manufacturers and are cleaned and processed to make materials reusable.
Use cold water and wash either by hand or using a washing machine. Use a non-scented or lightly scented detergent to wash and hang to dry. Never tumble dry blended-material blankets as it may affect the weave.
4. Mexican blanket
This is one of the most popular types of yoga blanket. These are typically crafted from cloth, which is extremely absorbent and hand woven. Since these blankets are machine-washable, they are durable and can last for several years if handled correctly. Although this is another type of blanket, its wash and care instructions would still depend on the material.
Some people prefer to use a scent to freshen up their yoga blankets. This is okay, as long as the person who will use it does not have allergies.
How to Remove Stains
Most materials that are best used for blankets are also the fabrics that shed the most, which means more lint to remove. Part of the blanket care, unfortunately, is removing or keeping lint under control. Fortunately, there are several easy ways to prevent the yoga blanket from shedding, keeping them as warm and soft as new.
First, to make the whole process easier, take off as much of the loose lint on the yoga blanket as possible. This can be easily done by shaking or beating the yoga blanket outside. A good lint roller can also be used.
Wash the yoga blanket by itself. Never wash it along with other linens or clothes. This important step helps in preventing the blanket from rubbing against other fabrics that could cause it to shed even more. This would also prevent the lint from affecting other items.
Make sure that there is much more than enough water in the washer. Never warm or hot water instead, use cold water. This is important as the cold water will help stop the blanket from shedding.
Use the gentlest cycle option of the washer. Never disregard this step, especially if a top load washing machine is used, this is because the agitation bar can harm the blanket, causing it to shed more.
Add fabric conditioner or softener to the rinse cycle. Alternatively, a cup of white vinegar can be used and added on the washer. This helps hold the fibers of the material in place.
How to Dry Yoga Blanket
To prevent the material from shredding, let the blanket dry only by hanging, if podssible. If for some urgent reasons, there is a need to use the blanket right away, it may be tumble dry, but never use heat. In addition, laundry starch can also be used on the yoga blanket to further avoid shedding. Simply spray a small amount, making sure not to use a lot because it may cause stiffness and will make the blanket scratchy.
Aside from washing your yoga blanket regularly, after every use, if possible; it is also important to remember never to dry yoga blankets in high heat. Drying the yoga blanket on high heat might sound like a good idea to let it dry faster and will, therefore, save time and quarters. However, this would definitely damage the blanket every time you do it.
Different blanket materials will shrink on different temperatures. If a yoga blanket is subjected to high temperature for drying, the blanket will eventually shrink. A good-quality, hygienic, well-maintained yoga blanket will extremely benefit your healthy practice, whether you are hoping to use this prop for comfort, warmth, or support and will also extend the life of the yoga blanket.