With autumn quickly approaching, the nights will soon be cool enough to warrant use of an electric blanket. Whether you intend to purchase a new full-sized electric blanket, travel-sized electric blanket, or heated throw from CozyWinters or simply pull an existing one out of summer storage, here are some tips on how to clean it before use.
- Remove all cords and controllers from the blanket
- Vigorously shake the blanket to dislodge dust, pet hair, and other debris
- Presoak in a mixture of cold or lukewarm water and laundry detergent to help get rid of tough stains or musty odors
- Follow the manufacturer’s washing instructions printed on the care label attached to the blanket
- If the instructions are missing, run the blanket through the “gentle” or “delicate” cycle of your machine
- Put the blanket in the dryer for no more than 5-10 minutes at the lowest heat setting
- If necessary, gently stretch the blanket out to its original shape after removing from the dryer
- Finish drying by draping the blanket over a clothesline
- Hand-wash with cool or lukewarm water in a tub if your washing machine is not large enough to accommodate the blanket
- Dry clean, as the chemicals used in this process can damage the wires and insulation
- Wring or twist to remove excess water
- Iron the blanket
- Use commercial dryers found in laundromats since the heat they generate is too intense
- Use clothespins, safety pins, or similar items to secure the blanket to a clothesline
- Plug in a blanket with frayed or damaged wiring, cords, or controls
Nothing beats the feeling of snuggling up with a warm electric blanket on a cool autumn night. Follow the above steps to get your blanket looking and smelling as fresh as possible before you put it into use for the season.
Poor circulation can be caused by any number of medical or lifestyle factors, including diabetes, hypothyroidism, lack of exercise, smoking, and obesity. Individuals that suffer from poor circulation typically experience coldness or numbness in their extremities, pain or cramping while walking, and slower healing of wounds. More serious issues, such as greater susceptibility to blood clots, kidney damage, and heart problems, may develop if the condition is left untreated.
If you currently exhibit any signs or symptoms of poor circulation, you should see your doctor immediately. In the meantime, you might be able to improve your circulation by doing one or more of the following:
- Engage in some form of moderate aerobic exercise, such as walking, swimming, or biking, for at least 30 minutes per day
- Stand up at least once an hour to stretch, shake out your limbs, and get your blood flowing a bit more
- Wear battery heated socks (which you can find at CozyWinters.com) or compression socks to promote circulation through your lower legs
- Do simple yoga poses designed to aid circulatory performance
- Use far infrared heat technology, available in our Universal Heat Wrap, on your legs, back, shoulders, neck, and elsewhere to penetrate deep into tissue and stimulate blood flow
- Limit your consumption of sodium, saturated fats, caffeine, and unhealthy, processed foods
- Keep well hydrated by drinking at least 64 oz. of water per day
- Prop your feet above heart level for a few minutes several times throughout the day to increase lower body circulation
Although these tips are in no way meant to replace professional advice or medical treatment, they could help improve blood flow and ease some of the discomfort caused by the more common side effects of poor circulation. Give them a try today.