Keeping Your Minky Blanket Fluffy and Soft

What do you picture when you hear the word blanket? Do you immediately think of a familiar blanket that you love snuggling up with or perhaps a security blanket you had when you were a kid? Blankets are the epitome of comfort. When we think of cuddling babies, we imagine swaddling them in a soft, pillowy blanket full of fluff and warmth. Just thinking about it can bring back memories of the scent of a newborn or a feeling of peace.

The amazing softness of a minky blanket is something that nobody wants to go away. People who own soft blankets are always trying to figure out how to keep their blankets softer longer. Minky blankets can maintain the fluffy comfort for longer if they are maintained the right way.

How To Keep Your Soft Minky Plush & Fresh

The very first thing that you are going to think when it comes to keeping the fluffiness of a minky blanket is that washing it is going to ruin the plush feeling. That isn’t true. If minky blankets are washed properly, they can keep the soft feeling for a long period of time.

How Often Should Minky Blankets Get Washed

How often you wash a blanket is going to depend on what you use it for. If you are using a blanket as a couch or chair drap and it’s not used often, you won’t need to wash it more than once a month or so. But, if your blanket is being used by an infant or toddler who constantly has dirty hands, is putting things in their mouth, or getting the minky blanket dirty in general, it’s definitely going to need to be washed more often – probably more than once a week.

Cleaning Your Minky Blanket With Care

To carefully clean your minky blanket so that it maintains its comfortable soft feeling, you are going to want to start with cold water and gentle wash cycles. This doesn’t mean that minky blankets are high-maintenance blankets. You don’t need to take them to the dry-cleaner or wash them by hand, but you do want to be gentle when washing them.

Minky blankets lush, soft fibers do not mix well with heat and friction. So taking care of your blanket using the proper wash settings will keep your blanket smoothly soft longer.

To wash your minky,

  • Use only cold water.
  • Use a very mild detergent that does not contain dyes, scents or additives (detergent made for newborn babies is the best kind to use).
  • If you choose to wash in the washer, choose the most delicate cycle to minimize agitation and friction.
  • Do not use a washer that has an agitator.
  • Don’t include any other fabrics in the washer while washing. The friction with other fabrics can damage the fibers.
  • Try using a laundry bag for the minky to reduce friction.
  • Do not use fabric softeners as this will flatten the luxurious minky fibers.
  • Air dry your blanket. If you do use the dryer, make sure it is set on a no-heat setting.

Tips & Tricks For Your Minky

If you’re washing the blanket for a toddler who won’t fall asleep without it, try using wool dryer balls to help it dry faster. Not only will this help get the drying process done so that your child can fall asleep with comfort, it could potentially reduce static.

If your minky isn’t intended for everyday use, fold it as soon as it comes out of the dryer or is taken off the laundry line.

Minky’s should be stored in a container that isn’t stuffy and allows airflow. Wicker baskets with lids make a great storage container for minky blankets. Containers that seal or are airtight will retain moisture and cause your minky to smell when they are removed.

Don’t scrub a blanket that has had something spill on it. Scrubbing minky fibers will cause damage and reduce the softness the fibers have. For spots, try massaging the area with your fingers or another plush fabric, then rinse or soak in cold water.