How often do you wash your blanket?

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Singapore
January 13, 2010 9:10am CST
You know, that piece of thingy you use to cover your body when you sleep. Some people call it a blanket... how often do you wash it? I know some people are outright gross (*looks around innocently*) and they only wash theirs once a year. Some do so every month or every week. Of course some broke the record by never attempting the act at all. So what about you? Do you ever wash your blanket? How often do you wash it? Once a year? Per month? Every week? You don't use a blanket? What?
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• India
13 Jan 10
i wash my blanket once in a year because i don't have enough time,i am a student staying in the hostel,the owner of the hostel won't allow me to wash.he says that water is important for human so don't waste the water by washing blanket.he allows me to wash my cloths once in a week. i had never met a person like this.so, it's not my mistake. the owner of hostel takes bath once in a month.
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• Singapore
13 Jan 10
Geeeee... that's quite some situation over there. Tough luck.
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@patgalca (12740)
• Orangeville, Ontario
13 Jan 10
Not sure what exact blanket you are speaking off. I don't keep a blanket on my bed because I don't have a queen sized one, besides my husband gets too hot. We have a sheet and a comforter. I wash the bedding (top sheet, bottom sheet, pillow cases) every couple of weeks, maybe more often depending.... The comforter only gets washed every 6 months or so.
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• Singapore
13 Jan 10
Um... blanket... any piece of cloth thingy you use to cover your body with in case you get cold in the night (or fend off mosquitoes )? Alright I don't use a comforter, just blanket but I supposed your comforter acts as your blanket...
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@patgalca (12740)
• Orangeville, Ontario
13 Jan 10
Except that the comforter does not touch my skin, the bedsheet does.
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• Singapore
13 Jan 10
Um.... so you lie on your bedsheets... what's on top? The one touching the top part is your blanket... your "top sheet"?
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@dragon54u (27584)
• United States
13 Jan 10
I don't wash it often. It lays between the sheet and the quilt so it rarely gets dirty. I wash the quilt more often than the blanket because my dogs lounge on the bed. In fact, I only use a blanket about 3 months out of the year. I only need it in the winter season and usually end up throwing off the covers anyway.
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• Singapore
13 Jan 10
Don't you find dogs dirty since they run all over the place and sleep on your bed? I really want to get a dog... but thinking of how dirty it would make the place, I kinda hesitate.
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@dragon54u (27584)
• United States
13 Jan 10
They're not dirty at all. They mostly stay inside and there is a rug beside their dog door to catch any dirt they bring in. They get bathed about once a month and they don't even need that. They are short haired, rather small dogs and don't shed much. The only problem I ever have is when it's muddy outside and I'm not here to wipe off their paws. A dog needs a lot of attention and access to the outside so you would need a dog door. If you can't do that, maybe a cat would be better. I love cats but I'm allergic to them. They are very clean and affectionate. But there's nothing like having a good dog!
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• Singapore
13 Jan 10
How about dog fur? I like dogs because they are loyal.
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@syedayub (252)
• India
14 Jan 10
I think don't wash there blankets for many days, it differs, because of the people in our society, example : people living in the slam areas usually wash there blankets once in a year or twice, people who are living in highly devolop areas will wash there blankets once in a month. coming to me, i wash my blanket once in a month. finaly, i says that it depends standard of living of people.
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• Singapore
14 Jan 10
Yea, that's one good point...
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• Philippines
14 Jan 10
And who knows if those people living in that areas owns a blanket. Some might even have a family blanket at least...
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• Singapore
15 Jan 10
Sure...
@ycanteye (769)
• United States
13 Jan 10
I usually wash mine about every two weeks but I wash the sheets once a week. Once a year???? That would be gross.
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• Singapore
13 Jan 10
I wash my sheets every week too... but well my blanket is big and thick... makes frequent washing tiring (alright I am just lazy shhh).
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@ycanteye (769)
• United States
13 Jan 10
Mine is just a thin one but if I do put the thick one on I only wash it every two months since it's the only thing I can get in the washer.
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• Singapore
13 Jan 10
I have to squeeze mine real hard into the washer. Couldn't bear to choke the washer too often lolz.
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@SHAMRACK (8350)
• India
14 Jan 10
Dear friend, My blanket is mostly washed at an average of two or three months. May be it changes according to the dirt in it. If too much I would change it. May be changing blanket is more as there is two dozens of blankets and these are washed at an average of every 3 three months that too if it is seen any dirt in it.
• Singapore
15 Jan 10
Yea if it gets visually dirty, I will wash it too.
• Philippines
14 Jan 10
I wash my blanket for every after 3 months because it is heavy and i cant wash them every month because i feel so lazy washing them and even if it gets so dirty i keep it on using ^_^ because it is cold at night and i cant sleep without blanket.
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• Singapore
14 Jan 10
Heavy so harder to dry too.
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@wolfie34 (26895)
• United Kingdom
13 Jan 10
Hello my dear friend, long time no see, Happy New year to you! Well as for blankets I have to say I never wash mine! But before you jump up and down and call me fit to burn and being a dirty wolfie, I have an excuse, I don't use them. I can't have blankets on my bed because I generate too much heat as it is, I don't need them and also I find that wool irritates me. I have a big duvet on my bed which I wash fortnightly, and that is all I need, I don't feel the cold which in some way is an advantage!
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• Singapore
13 Jan 10
Hey Wolfie, I was just thinking of you yesterday! Long time no see too and new avatar, eh? How's those 6-p coming along? Happy new year to you too! But you don't need a blanket! You have those thick werewolf fuuuurrrrrrr.
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@ElicBxn (59307)
• United States
13 Jan 10
Generally speaking, when a cat throws up on it, and at the end of the season - but since I'm not doing anything but sleeping under it and the cats are sleeping on it, it would be instantly covered in cat hair as soon as I put it on the bed anyway
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• Singapore
13 Jan 10
Makes it pointless to wash, haha.
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@sagnik42 (3599)
• India
13 Jan 10
Well, I live in a country which is quite hot for about 9-10 months of the year. We cannot imagine sleeping under a blanket. We only take it out for the winter months and then put them away. If you take this year for example, I took out my blanket in the last week of December. I washed it before using it like every year. I will again wash it when I will no longer need it. I guess it will be sometime around the last week of January or early February. I will wash it and put it away for the rest of the year.
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• Singapore
13 Jan 10
Hmm... for me, I can on the air con here. But even if I don't, I just have the habit to sleep with blanket anyway... no matter how hot (though it usually won't get too hot over here).
@sagnik42 (3599)
• India
13 Jan 10
We do not have an air conditioner. So, we just cannot afford a blanket in the summer.
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• Singapore
13 Jan 10
You can make a blanket for cheap against natural wind too.
• United States
14 Jan 10
I used to wash my blanket once a month. Now that I have a dog that sleeps in my bed I wash it once a week. It's worth it.:)
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• Singapore
14 Jan 10
Love your dog, eh?
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• United States
14 Jan 10
Guilty as charged!
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• Singapore
15 Jan 10
That's not against the law!
• Boston, Massachusetts
14 Jan 10
Hi Lord, we wash our blanket weekly together with all the beddings and pillows. i love the feeling during sunday as it's so fresh to be sleeping in a newly changes bed sheet and of course covering my body with my ever clean and fresh smelling blanket. once a year is really gross. the mite dust will be cockroaches already LOL.
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• Singapore
14 Jan 10
Hi msfrancisco9369, Yes it feels good to sleep with clean stuff... but washing can be tough for the lazy haha...
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• Boston, Massachusetts
14 Jan 10
you're right! i can't imagine using a one year old blanket of not having any wash. gosh--just the thought of it makes me scratch...itchy! ewwwwwww. let's stay fresh and clean ALWAYS!
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• Singapore
15 Jan 10
Lol it's all in the mind.
@zed_k4 (17640)
• Singapore
14 Jan 10
I think 2 weeks once should be fine for me.. but during a hot weather, especially in our country, 1 week once. Otherwise, I'll have itchy skin. Can't do with once a year, bro LOL... I'll suffer ..
• Singapore
14 Jan 10
Mild allergic?
@zed_k4 (17640)
• Singapore
14 Jan 10
Yup.. slightly mild allergy to dust.. I will scratch like crazy, haha..
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• Singapore
15 Jan 10
Oh mine... but most places are so dusty!
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@dawnald (84060)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Jan 10
Sheets - weekly. Blanket - whenever the mood strikes me. The sheet's the part that touches my body directly anyway.
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• Singapore
14 Jan 10
Aren't we supposed to be... sandwiched in between?
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@dawnald (84060)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Jan 10
Fitted sheet below me, flat sheet above me, blanket above that....
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• Singapore
15 Jan 10
Oh... I skip the flat sheet.
@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
13 Jan 10
hhaaha unfortunately i haven't broken the record yet. i wash my blankets maybe every 2 weeks or sometimes, i might forget and it extends to a month ehehe i'm the lazy type so i don't usually think of these things. it's my husband's influence that i wash it so often, sometimes often being a week. hehe but that's seldom of course. he's more of a clean freak.
• Singapore
13 Jan 10
That's clean!
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@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
14 Jan 10
yea he is clean. but still despite that, my house is still dirty because i'm just too lazy. BP
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• Singapore
14 Jan 10
Hahahaha...
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@blackbriar (9095)
• United States
14 Jan 10
Depends on which blanket your talking about, wizard. I have over 20 of varying degrees of material/warmth/size. The 3 main ones get washed at LEAST a few times a year, depending on how dirty/smelly they get and if a cat pukes on them or not. Then we have a few hand-knit blankets and throws that get washed on a as-needed basis. I bet yours actually stands up on it's own which is an indicator for you to wash it.
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• Singapore
15 Jan 10
Gee... most of us have only one or none.
• United States
15 Jan 10
So I tend to collect them....
@alottodo (3063)
• Australia
14 Jan 10
Since my blankets are too big to fit in the washing machine I take them to the laundrymat once a year at the end of winter and then pack them away during summer until winter again! during winter I ventilate my blankets once a week and leave them in the sun for 1 hour or 2 and hit them hard with a stick to get rid of dust and what ever I find this help to keep the blankets nice smelling and clean. Im allergy to dust so I have to do this every week in winter time.
@alottodo (3063)
• Australia
14 Jan 10
Hey Im a bit confused here are we talking about blankets or bed sheets? because if it bed sheets I change them once a week! and so with pillow cases! and the quilt cover would be changed once a fortnight!
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• Singapore
15 Jan 10
Blankets.. the thicker ones...
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
14 Jan 10
Hello lordwarwizard, Be it hot or cold, I need my blanket when I go to sleep at night! That is one of the routines before I can sleep 'soundly' *laughs* I wash my blanket every week or if it gets dirty, I just throw into the laundry basket and wash it. My husband has different habit - He doesn't use a blanket at all; doesn't matter whether it is cold or not!
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• Singapore
14 Jan 10
Hi gr8life, Likewise! Hot or cold, my blanket is with me.
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• United States
11 Jun 10
My daughter, who works in a boutique hotel turned me on to this trick: Put a flat sheet OVER your blanket, and encase the blanket by folding the other flat sheet (the one under the blanket) over it. Keeps your blanket clean, and a great trick for staying at hotels. I always ask for an extra flat sheet and remake the beds so the blanket is enclosed.
• India
14 Jan 10
i wash it every week if it skips twice a month .
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• Singapore
15 Jan 10
Whoop.
@Hazelrose (2187)
• Philippines
14 Jan 10
Hi lordwarwizard,I used to wash my blanket once a week,because i am allergy in dust due to asthma.Happy mylotting!
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• Singapore
15 Jan 10
Aww