April 22, 2011 11:57 AM Subscribe
Can I launder a wool blanket at home?
Miss Monty McPissbottom
posted by jamaro to home & garden (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
has peed on a thick wool blanket. I'd like to clean it at home if possible because the last time this blanket was sent to the dry cleaners it came back reeking of chemical odors and felt sorta gross and greasy in texture.
The blanket is black, so there's no pee stain showing. I'm not fussy if the color changes because this blanket has no pattern and is usually out of sight, sandwiched between a comforter and a topsheet. I'm pretty sure it's 100% wool (it sure is scratchy) but it has no label and my dad doesn't remember where he got it before he handed it down to me (my guess: it's army surplus, given that every other blanket at my dad's house is army surplus).
My primary goal to make sure I get the pee smell out so it doesn't attract the attention of the cat again. I have an awesome front loading washer, can I just stuff it in there on a cold cycle? What kind of soap/detergent should I use? Other tips?