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    09-23-2008, 04:06 PM
washing blankets

So I have been washing all of my horse sheets/blankets in a home washing machine... I have done so all my life (cept the winter blankets are too thick). My BF and I moved in together in feb and it has been a fight about it. I run a extra rinse cycle after Im done and then wipe out the machine with an old towel. He also thinks it is a problem for me to wash my "horse" clothes with his clothes too (Jeans, shirts etc)... Something with it is gross and he doesnt want his clothes to smell.

I find this funny cause he will help with cleaning barn, leading horses to the different turnouts and he grew up working a a dairy farm (which in my opionion smells way worse...lol) he wants me to bring them to a laundrymat... but that is really expensive afterawhile. I have been sneaking around with washing...when he isnt home, I like to hang the blankets to dry in the garage but if im short on time I have to throw them in the drying and listen to the buckels make tons of noise.... he doesnt complain if he doesnt know...lol

Anyways where or how do you wash your blankets? Im I doing the wrong thing? Thanks in advance!!!
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    09-23-2008, 06:43 PM
My mom won't let me wash my horse blankets at home because she says it's a pain to get all the hair out so we have to take everything to the laundromat. I have to agree it's really expensive and a pain in the bum to drag a bunch of dirty horse stuff to the laundromat. I'm hoping to find an old washer really cheap from salvation army or a garage sale that I can use to wash all my horse stuff, but that probably won't happen for a while.
    09-24-2008, 12:41 PM
Washing machine at home.

And, because I work on a dairy, I wipe my machine out so my pads and blankets don't smell like cow poop, but like lovey hossie.

All kidding aside, I do the blankets at home, then wipe out, then run a rinse of light bleach water to kill any bacteria.
    09-24-2008, 01:51 PM
That's a good topic. I have never washed my blankets at home. I didnt think you could without wrecking them. What setting do you use? Cold, warm, hot?
Whenever I have needed to get my balnkets cleaned, I have sent them over to a cleaner tho does them.

Curious to see what others say.
    09-24-2008, 02:55 PM
I wash the sheets in warm water with a medium setting. It tends to get most of the stains out but a few blankets are stained for life...lol... But I really don't care as long as they are washed.

I try to shake out as much hair as possible outside before I put them in the washing machine to help with the clean-up. I can usually wash 3 light weight sheets in one load. And then I have those hoodies/slinkies...whatever people call them and I make sure it is velcroed togther and I wash those too.

The bigger blankets don't work in an agitating washing cause it just doesnt have room to move anywhere (yes I have tried it...lol). I I will either hang them and spray and scrub them or bring them to the laundry mat and use the extra large washers.... but I don't use the heavy blankets very much, just in the fall and spring to help with the show coats, but they get to grow their fuzzies in the winter...lol.

I have a number of blankets so I use till have no clean ones left, so that's how I have been able to sneak them to clean them but since the show I have them in the bed of my truck and my BF wont be gone for a long enough period of time for me to sneak them in.

Maybe just do it and ask for forgiveness later?...lol I've never ruined a blanket in the wash, my horses tend to do the damage on them, then I send them to mom for mending...lol
    09-24-2008, 03:34 PM
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For some of my stuff, I will fill a wheelbarrow with warm water and soap and act as my own "washing machine" - - it actually works pretty good.

I send the blankets off for washing/repair every other year (we're in GA, they don't get much use). I used to take them to the laudromat (~$15 for 10 blankets), but the time spent there was crazy!!!

All of my dirty jeans go in with everyone else's...never had a problem with smell.
    09-25-2008, 07:49 AM
I miss living near an Amish communitery. They repaired blankets cheaply and extremely well.
    10-28-2008, 11:11 AM
UHM, Just tell him to live with it. As long as you are cleaning it out well afterwards there shouldn't be a problem with hair or smell.
    10-28-2008, 11:57 AM
My hubby is really forgiving about a TON of horse related stuff...HOWEVER...Washing machine and Dishwasher are OFF LIMITS to all horse related articles....See section 427B, sub section E, article M of the "I don't want to fight about this crap resoloution"

LOL... Really I just choke it up and ask HIM for the $ for the laundry mat!

He's perfectly willing to part with his quarters if that means no horse stuff in the home washing machine.

(Bits are washed by hand now instead of the dishwasher.:roll:)
    10-28-2008, 06:54 PM
Wimp! LOL

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