Creative uses of Old Blankets

Posted by Evergreen Traders on February 28, 2013

Cotton Blankets

Use as a Pet blanket
For pets, those old blankets make wonderful bedding. A queen twin sized blanket can be cut into 4 equal size pieces to give your dog or cat a clean supply of fresh blankets for his kennel or basket. Smaller pocket pets will also enjoy having a scrap of cotton or wool blanket in their cage to tear apart for nesting material.


Cover the windshield during the winter
For those of us who park outside in the winter, a blanket placed over a car's front windshield is a terrific way to prevent ice buildup. To make this easy windshield cover, simply cut the blanket the height of the windshield, and two feet longer than the width. To use, place the blanket over the windshield and hold in place by tucking the ends into the area behind the door's hinges.


Keep in the trunk for emergencies
You never know when you might need a blanket or two for a road emergency. Those blankets will keep a person warm in case of an accident or car trouble, can be placed on the ground to keep clothes clean during a tire change, and can protect a person from the elements if they need to stay outside for extended period of time.

In snow country, blankets are invaluable in helping cars out of snow banks and mud patches. To use, simply place the blanket under the car's rear tires and back up. The blanket will provide the necessary traction to get the car out of the ditch and back on the road.


Protect a car's upholstery
For hauling pets, transporting plants, or carrying something that's soiled, a blanket placed over the seat of the car or floor of the trunk will prevent a car's upholstery or carpeting from getting dirty.


Bring along for picnics
For use on dirty picnic tables, frosty benches or damp grass, a blanket can come in quite handy for picnics. We also bring them along to outdoor concerts and outdoor theatrical performances.


Make a knotted blanket for a small child
If the blanket has a 3 x 4 section that is still in good, usable shape, why not make a lap blanket or blankie for your toddler? To make a knotted blanket, cut the blanket into a 3 x 4 foot square. Cut an even number of three inch fringes all around the perimeter. Starting at one corner, take the first two fringes and tie into a double knot. Grab the next two fringes, and tie those in a knot. Continue around the entire perimeter of the blanket until all the knots have been tied.


Make a no sew poncho
For an easy to make poncho to wear around the yard, a warm poncho can be made from a heavy wool blanket. To make a no sew poncho, cut a 6 x 6 foot section from one half of the blanket. Find the exact center and cut a 12 inch slit for the head opening.
The poncho can be finished by using 3 strands of embroidery floss to whip stitch the edges and neck opening.

Cut into soft dust rags or drying towels
Cotton blankets can be cut into 12 inch squares to be used as dust rags, or drying towels for the car.

Make a tent
For back yard fun for the children, tie a line between two trees and drape a blanket over the line to create a play tent.

Pickup truck liner
Our teenaged son uses an old wool blanket to line the bed of his pickup truck whenever he's hauling something to the city dump, bark chip from the gardening center, or odds and ends to the thrift store. The blanket protects the bed from scratches, and makes cleanup a snap.

Weed barrier
When a blanket finally has more holes than fabric, it can be cut apart and used as a weed barrier in your vegetable garden. The fabric prevents weeds from coming up, while still allowing water to drain to the roots of your vegetables.

Washing Polyester Items

Posted by Evergreen Traders on January 17, 2013

Cotton Blankets

Separate all 100-percent polyester fabrics from other types of materials---even polyester blends. Wash dark 100-percent polyester items separately from light-colored fabrics.


Apply a stain remover to any items that have spot soiling. Secure buttons, zippers and snaps and turn the garments inside out before placing them in the washing machine.


Set your washing machine cycle to the permanent press cycle on warm for garments such as heavy work shirts and uniforms or to gentle for blankets, robes, sheets, delicate shirt materials or pants. Items marked "hand wash only" should be washed in cold water on the hand wash setting on the washing machine, if available, or washed by hand in the sink or bathtub.


Use a quality detergent with non-chlorine bleach following the manufacturer's recommendations for detergent. Never use chlorine bleach on any 100-percent polyester item. Dull, white polyester may be soaked for 15 minutes in the machine before washing with 1 cup of vinegar.


Remove items promptly from the washing machine once the cycle finishes.


Hang items recommended for hand washing outside on a clothesline to dry or dry them inside on a sweater rack. Tumble dry the other items on low with a fabric sheet, removing them from the dryer at once to hang before they wrinkle.


Touch up wrinkles with a warm iron on the polyester setting---never set to hot. Polyester can melt when subjected to high levels of heat, both in the dryer or from the iron.

Cotton Blankets

Posted by Evergreen Traders on December 25, 2012

Cotton Blankets

Blankets made of 100 percent cotton offer soft comfort, breatheability and absorbency. One of the most popular types of bedding, cotton blankets also provide lightweight warmth and durability.


Types of cotton blankets
Common cotton blanket materials include cotton fleece, cotton thermal material, cotton flannel, woven cotton, Egyptian cotton and organic cotton. Popular cotton blanket types include bed blankets, cotton throws and baby blankets.


Effects
Because cotton blankets are not bulky or heavy, they can be used as a single bed blanket during warm summer months or as an additional layer during colder seasons.

Organic Cotton Blankets
All-natural organic cotton blankets are an ideal choice for allergy and asthma sufferers. These types of blankets offer softness and comfort but don't contain pesticides or chemicals.

Care Instructions
Cotton blankets don't pill or shed and retain their original shape if cared for properly. Cotton can be machine washed and dried. Cotton blankets can fade or shrink if not laundered properly. Blankets should be machine washed in cool water in the gentle cycle and dried using only a low-heat setting.

Caring for your Electric Blankets

Posted by Evergreen Traders on November 21, 2012

Electric Blankets

Care

  • Read the manufacturer's instructions before using the blanket
  • Do not use an electric blanket for an infant, handicapped person or one who is insensitive to heat
  • Keep small children and pets away from the blanket. It is an electrical appliance that can be damaged
  • Turn off the blanket when it is not in use
  • Do not tuck-in, bunch-up, or fold over the wired area of the blanket
  • Do not lie on top of an electric blanket with the control on because there is a possibility of getting burned or damaging the electrical wiring
  • Do not use pins, they may damage the wiring
  • Do not dry-clean electric blankets; follow manufacturer's care instructions
  • To prevent damage to wiring, never store anything heavy on top of blanket, and never put moth repellents in with it
Electric Blankets

Laundering
Laundering an electric blanket is as easy as laundering a regular blanket. Follow the specific manufacturer's care instructions for best results. Machine wash for a limited period of time; generally one to five minutes is suggested. Dissolve detergent in the suggested water temperature before placing the blanket in the washer; do not use bleach. Evenly distribute the blanket in the washing machine. Use a regular cold water rinse and spin cycle. If a conventional washing machine is used, DO NOT USE WRINGER TO EXTRACT THE WATER
OR
Hand wash by soaking the blanket for 15 minutes in detergent and lukewarm water. Squeeze the suds through the blanket. Rinse in cold water at least twice. Do not vigorously twist or wring the blanket.
Machine dry by preheating the dryer at medium temperature. Add the blanket and allow it to tumble dry for ten minutes. Most manufacturers suggest the damp blanket finish drying by draping the blanket over two parallel lines. Use both hand to straighten and pull into shape.
Electric mattress pads and footwarmer pads probably can be washed in similar manner, BUT follow directions on care tag that came with the articles.

Caring for your Silk Blankets

Posted by Evergreen Traders on October 21, 2012

Woolen Blankets

Silk, a natural material made by worms, comes in a variety of types. Yet, all silks are lightweight, insulating materials. Due to their construction, people often choose silk blankets for their bedding. While this material may seem delicate, it actually possesses strong fibers that, if properly cared for, can last for many years.

Woolen Blankets

Silk Duvets and Silk Pillows

  • Your silk duvet and pillow will not need cleaning if you air them regularly each season to keep them fresh
  • Place your duvet or pillow in indirect sunlight for a few hours each season and this will revive the silk and help it to retain its lightness and fluffiness and also renew its insulating properties
  • Do not hand wash or machine wash your duvets or silk pillows as this will flatten the silk fill and reduce its natural benefits
  • Professional dry cleaning is recommended only if necessary
  • It is recommended that you use a removable washable cover to protect your duvets and pillows
  • Store flat in a cool dry place in the bag provided
Silk Blankets

Silk Blankets

  • Your silk blanket can be washed by hand in luke warm water using mild detergent. Drip dry in the shade
  • Your silk blanket can be dry cleaned (for larger blankets dry cleaning is recommended)
  • To iron your blanket, always place a piece of cloth over it and iron on low heat.
    Store flat in a cool dry place.

Caring for your Woolen Blankets

Posted by Evergreen Traders on September 21, 2012

Woolen Blankets

At one time, woolen blankets were found in every home, but today, the majority of our blankets are woven of cotton or acrylic fibers which are fairly easy care. If you already own a woolen blanket please follow the tips on caring and storing these warm covers.

Clothing and blankets usually have an attached fabric care label which will denote the type of fabrics present in the garment and how to care for them. For best results, always follow the manufacturer's recommended care instructions. Dry clean garments should only be laundered by professional dry cleaners. In the absence of washing instructions, follow these general guidelines for washing wool items.

Woolen Blankets

Washing Woolen Blankets
The rule of thumb for all pure wool clothing and blankets is to wash in cold water and gently wring or use the delicate cycle and low spin on your washer. It's no longer necessary to handwash woolen items, as most washers now have a delicate agitation cycle and low spin feature. Heat can and usually does shrink woolens, reducing them in size and ruining their appearance. Cold water and gentle washing will help keep your woolens in good condition.

Woolen Blankets

Special Care Laundry Detergents
Although you may use regular laundry detergents for your woolen washing, specially formulated detergents like will further protect and keep your delicates and woolen blankets looking terrific.


Woolen Blankets

Drying Woolens
It is preferable to hang wool blankets outside in summer and let them air dry, but if that's not possible, you could hang a slightly damp blanket over a door or lay it across a few chair backs and it will dry overnight. A non-rusting shower or towel bar is also a good option. Woolen clothing such as sweaters should be laid flat to dry on a towel or drying rack to retain their shape. Short items could be hung.

Woolen Blankets

Storing Wool Blankets
Since woolen blankets are usually stored when not required, it's important to protect them in storage from pests and dampness. Years ago, moth balls were used to keep insects from destroying the wool fibers, but this method left a lasting, hard-to-get-rid-of unpleasant scent that permeated the whole room.
Today, you can easily store these blankets in a tightly-sealed bin or heavy plastic bag. If pests are a real concern in your area, you can add a few cedar chips which are available from most general merchandise outlets. Cedar wood is a natural flying insect repellent and is a good alternative to moth balls.

Woolen Blankets

Sensitive Skin Alert
Persons who have allergies or sensitive skin may find pure wool blankets or fabrics irritating on their skin.


Why do many need blanket to sleep, be it summer or winter?

Posted by Evergreen Traders on August 21, 2012

Blankets and Rapid Eye Movements

First of all not everybody use a blanket! But as a matter of fact during the night when you go in to deep sleep which is called REM (rapid eye movement) your body goes into a real automatic pilot mode, your metabolism rate is very low, breath rate is low as well as body temperature! During this time you would tend to feel the need for cover if you ever would, the catch is of course you are totally absolutely unaware of this at this time! But if you would happen to awaken from this state you would tend to feel chilled or at least cool! You would at least want a sheet, a pillow or something to put on top of you!

Before you buy a new blanket...

Posted by Evergreen Traders on July 21, 2012

Polyester Blankets

Polyester Blankets
Polyester offers less breathability and lower resistance to static and pilling than most other fabrics. Some of the key benefits of polyester; it is durable, Machine washable - washes easily and dries quickly & Dry-cleanable Resistant to wrinkles, mildew, stretching, shrinkage, abrasions and most chemicals. Polyester balnkets are available in varied colors and designs

Cotton Blankets

Cotton Blankets
Cotton blankets are widely used because of the versatility in look, styling and color that is available. They are excellent as a layering piece to enhance your bed or to use alone. For hot-natured people, a cotton blanket is often all that is needed to stay comfortable on a winter night. Cost can range depending on the type of cotton that is used for construction but you can always find styles that are very affordable and easy to care for.

Down Blankets

Down Blankets
Like down comforters, down blankets are filled with goose down, duck down or down alternative for the allergy-prone. Down blankets are lighter and more breathable than down comforters, making them perfect for summer sleeping. If your duvet, quilt or comforter tends to be a little too warm during the summer months, consider replacing it with a down blanket. If you don't want to bother with dry cleaning, try to find a down blanket that's machine washable. Also, make sure the fill power -- a measurement of down density and warmth -- meets your temperature preferences. If you want a down blanket for year-round use, find something with a fill power of at least 550.

Electric Blankets

Electric Blankets
Electric blankets or warming blankets are just what the doctor ordered for the chronically cold person in your life. In areas where humidity and temperature guarantee sudden aches and chills, electric blankets can be lifesavers. You can also keep your heating bills low when you turn down the thermostat and sleep with an electric blanket. Modern electric blankets contain small, insulated wires sewn throughout the fabric. A component called a rheostat (also referred to as a variable resistor) regulates the heating elements, responding to room and body temperature to maintain a consistent comfort level. Large electric blankets designed for two sleepers have digital controllers for each side and can improve sleep amongst couples who want to share a bed without forfeiting comfort. Most modern electric blankets are machine-washable; just be sure to follow the manufacturer's care and safety instructions.

Fleece Blankets

Fleece Blankets
Enjoy the ultra-soft, plush feel of fleece and stay super warm through the winter months. Generally they are light-weight and easy to care for because of polyester and other synthetic fibers used for construction.

Wool Blankets

Wool Blankets
Enjoy the durability and warmth of owning a wool blanket. For those sensitive to wool, consider a cotton covered blanket that is wool filled. A lightweight weave can be used year round. Wool blankets often come in a wide selection of plaids, and colorful solids that will enhance the decor. Because of the durability of wool, you'll find it will last a long time, so choosing neutral colors will blend in with popular colors now or in years to come.

Quilted blankets

Quilted blankets
The layers of quilted blankets are sewn together in a patterned design, giving a classic country feeling to a bedroom. Densely layered fabric, as opposed to pockets of fluffy down, makes quilted blankets both a bit heavier and less baggy than down blankets. If you sleep better with the weight of substantial bedding, then a quilted blanket may be just what you're looking for.

Silk Blankets

Silk Blankets
Known for its strength, softness and warmth, silk blankets offer the ultimate in luxury. Silk also has natural anti-fungal and anti microbial properties


Cashmere Blankets

Cashmere Blankets
Cashmere is the fine, soft downy wool undergrowth produced by the Cashmere goat, which is raised in the Kashmir region of India, Pakistan, Tibet, and parts of northern India, Mongolia, Iran, and Iraq.


Chenille blankets

Chenille Blankets
The French word for caterpillar, Chenille yarns are fuzzy with a pile that resembles a wooly caterpillar.