Originally Posted by xxJustJumpItxx
How would I go about cleaning a blanket?
If it just has dirt and mud on the outside, and it's warm enough, you can drape it over the fence and spray it clean with the hose. Use a stiff brush to scrub stubborn spots.
If it's too cold to wash off outside with the hose, you could take it to the laundromat. Other people have done this, but the last time I washed a blanket at the laundromat it got destroyed. If you decide to go this route I'd remove as many of the straps as you can (so the metal ends don't fly about in the machine and catch on the blanket). Be sure to sneak into the laundromat, because some places will get upset with you for washing tack. (As a kindness to the next patron, you should run the machine empty before leaving.)
If you don't want to do it yourself, tack stores will often clean blankets (or at least know of someone who will perform this service). Expect it to cost about $20, which isn't really that much more than taking the blanket to the laundromat. If you use one of the big loaders at around $4 per wash, and run the machine twice to be nice to the next person, plus if you run the blanket in the dryer for a few minutes or use the centrifuge machine, you're up to at least $10 already.