How do you wash the winter blankets?
Clearly it is time to wash Citrus' winter blankets.... any suggestions on how to do so?
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.
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.
So you wash them at the laundry mat and hang them to dry?
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. :lol:
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.
ROFL MY BEAU! You crack me up!
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.
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. =)
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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