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post #1 of 13 Old 06-24-2010, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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How do you wash the winter blankets?

Clearly it is time to wash Citrus' winter blankets.... any suggestions on how to do so?
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post #2 of 13 Old 06-24-2010, 10:36 PM
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It is expensive to get them professionally done so I just throw them in my home washer. I have done it for years. One blanket at a time. I use a non scented (allergy type) laundry detergent. I get a can of camp dry from Walmart and spray the entire can on one blanket after it is completely dry. I hang them on the porch to dry. After washing the horse wear I put all the dog bedding in. Kills two birds, the dog's stuff gets washed and it cleans the horse out of the washer.
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post #3 of 13 Old 06-24-2010, 10:43 PM
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I take mine to the Laundromat and put them in those large Front Loaders.

First I make sure all the straps and buckles are secure and then I toss them in. I put them on COLD wash and COLD rinse.

I hang mine up to dry as well - Once I put a nice winter blanket into the dryer, and when I took it out, the straps melted off. I will never do that again.....dang.

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post #4 of 13 Old 06-24-2010, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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So you wash them at the laundry mat and hang them to dry?
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post #5 of 13 Old 06-24-2010, 10:54 PM
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I sneak mine into the laundromat also.

I've been known to drive by a few times a day, and when I don't see a lot of people I dash. I bundle the blankets up in hopes that people assume they are sleeping bags... or something... not horse blankets ;)

Toss 2 sheets or 1 blanket per front loader, cold/cold. Come back 1/2 an hour later or so right before the timer's up, and get soaking wringing wet sprinting to and from the building to the car. By this time I think people know what I'm up to!

When I back out of my parking space and they see the horse decals on the back of my SUV they probably cuss me out as I drive away.

Haven't washed mine this year yet, there may be a "DO NOT let this girl in our laundromat!" sign.

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post #6 of 13 Old 06-24-2010, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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So far the only one that needs washing is his main heavy winter blanket.... but I live in a small town. I will just walk in and wash it. I bet there are no rules on washing big blankets........ I will just bring a book.
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post #7 of 13 Old 06-24-2010, 11:49 PM
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ROFL MY BEAU! You crack me up!

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post #8 of 13 Old 06-25-2010, 12:17 AM
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We have a pressure washer :) You know that hose thing where you hold the trigger and spray water?

Well we hang our blankets up on a fence, spray them down, let them dry, then if they are particularly dirty, we'll take the straps off and wash them.
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post #9 of 13 Old 06-25-2010, 01:28 AM
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I just take mine to the laundromat. Wash and dry, then my mom patches any tears they mangled into the blankets over winter. I store them in rubbermaid tubs in the tack room.

I've never had a problem taking them to the laundromat near me. The owner's wife is a barrel racer and we usually end up talking horses and watching our blankets go round and round together. =)

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #10 of 13 Old 06-25-2010, 06:08 AM
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Our laundromat will not let horse people in the building. They have a sign up in the window "NO horse blankets" (I must live near My Beau ) so I have to go the pressure washer route.
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