In the deep of winter, nothing's nicer than snuggling up with a good book or movie and a comfy throw (oh, and my precious mini schnauzer, Cabbie!). But those lightweight blankets don't often get the attention we give to other linens and bedding. Every couple of months, I toss them in the dryer on the air or fluff setting to quickly freshen them and remove light dust. Ones with fringes or tassels go into a mesh laundry bag to keep them from tangling. I like to pop in a scented fabric softener sheet or an old facecloth with a drop of my favorite essential oil, calming lavender, too. On a really cold day, I'll run the load on the low-heat setting, so the throws come out warm and toasty. Once or twice a year (unless something spills, of course), I launder according to the care label. If the item is handmade, I hand-wash it in the tub using mild laundry detergent (no bleach), rinsing well to be sure all of the soap is removed. If the material can be put in the washer, in it goes, on the delicate (or hand-wash) cycle, followed by a second rinse.
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Source Citation:"Cozy throws.(laundry )(Brief article)." Good Housekeeping 248.2 (Feb 2009): 32(1). General OneFile. Gale. Alachua County Library District. 22 Sept. 2009
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