HOW CARE FOR YOUR BLANKET:
The Faux Fur (Minky & Cuddle) Material I use is extremely durable. The only thing that wears them out faster is heat in the cleaning process. So....
Wash your Items in COLD water with Eco-Friendly Soaps. No Dyes, perfumes or Fabric softeners in the soap. (Click on the link to see a few examples - Eco-Friendly Laundry Soap). I recommend 1-3 Tablespoons Eco-Friendly Soaps because they are known for keeping the soap simple, and will leave out the unnecessary ingredients. Baking soda and Hydrogen Peroxide** is an excellent way to get rid of body oil, dirt or stubborn stains. I will add a 1/4-1/2 cup of Baking Soda and a 1/3-2/3 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide to the wash cycle. Makes everything very clean and Soft. (See additional cleaning links below)
NEVER Use Fabric Softeners! Heavy Soaps & Softeners will cling to the fibers and will drastically reduce the softness. Vinegar is an excellent fabric softener & can be used as a substitute. Just add it to the "fabric softener" dispenser. Vinegar in the rinse cycle will also help reduce static.
Air Dry when possible. You can use a Low Heat but keep in mind that even low heat can increase static, and reduce the softness slightly. When using Low Heat to Dry, pull the item out of the Dryer before it is 100% dry. So, take it out of the Dryer when it is about 80% dry to avoid excessive static cling.
I have noticed that Air Drying is the best. Use dryer sheets without fabric softeners or "Wool Balls" to help reduce static. (See addition info. below) Tumble air dry until it is about 90% dry, then pull it out and lay/hang it to dry the rest of the way. If you use Dryer Sheets, make sure that they DO NOT contain Fabric Softener. Faux Fur materials dry's very quickly. One 50" x 60" blanket drys in about 8 minutes with Low heat, and 20 minutes on the "Air dry" Cycle. Remember, your Faux Fur Items will feel softer if you tumble dry the item until it is about 85-90% dry. After that, static will dramatically increase if you try and take it to 100% Dry. However, don't worry if you do, a light misting with plain water and spray bottle will remove Static Cling.
I suggest that you wash them often to remove dirt, body oils and lotions that accumulate with use. A light wash can be effective, or even just running the Items in a Rinse & high speed spin Cycle can dramatically revive the item. Just add a 1/4-1 full cup of White Vinegar, depending on the load size, to the rinse water.
Follow these suggestions and they will last for years and years, and feel like new after every wash. There is no need to Dry Clean, but it's perfectly fine to dry clean if you desire.
** If the Minky item is extremely soiled, dirty or smelly, you can add Vinegar to the "wash" cycle. Follow these steps: Add 1/3 cup (or more, depending on the load size) the the wash cycle. I recommend that you do a "soak" cycle with vinegar only, nothing else. Let it soak for 30 minutes. Vinegar is a great way to sanitize. After soaking, start a wash cycle with the baking soda and soap. (see "wash" instructions above)
I Consider both methods, Vinegar or Hydrogen Peroxide, great cleaning methods. Very gentle cleaning, better for the environment and Minky will feel new again. However, in my experience I have noticed that the Hydrogen Peroxide method comes out of the cycle just a little bit softer. Not much, but a little.
This is a great "How To..." Video from our friends at One Good Thing by Jillee. They know how to DIY everything. In this video Jill teaches us how to remove stains with baking soda. With Minky or Faux Fur Material you can use either Warm or Cold Water. Both are equally effective.
1/4 - 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
1/2 - 1 Cup Hydrogen Peroxide
Eco Friendly Soap ( Use smallest amount as directed)
Vinegar in the "Fabric Softener" cup
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