If you own a pair of Lenz heated socks, you know how amazing they are at keeping your feet warm and toasty. But like any garment, heated socks need proper care and washing to keep them functioning at their best.
Don’t sweat it – washing Lenz heated socks is a breeze if you follow a few simple steps. This straightforward guide will walk you through the whole process from start to finish. Let’s get started!
Gather Your Supplies
Before tossing your Lenz heated socks into the wash, you must gather a few supplies. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Mesh laundry bag – this prevents the socks from getting tangled or damaged in the wash
- Mild liquid detergent – steer clear of powder detergents as they can get trapped in the socks’ fibers
- Tap water – avoid hot water as this can damage the heating elements
- Towels – for drying
- Delicate garment wash bag – gives an extra layer of protection
- Fabric softener – use lightly on heated socks
Check the Care Label
The first step is to check the care label on your Lenz heated socks. This will tell you the manufacturer’s recommendations for washing and drying.
Most Lenz socks can be machine-washed warm on a gentle cycle. Avoid hot temperatures over 140°F as this can damage the heating elements.
If your care label says “hand wash only,” don’t fret! We’ll cover how to hand wash Lenz heated socks further down.
Pre-treat Any Stains
We all know how dirty socks can get. Before washing, check your Lenz heated socks for any troublesome stains.
Let the socks soak in cool water for 30 minutes for mud or dirt stains to loosen the dirt. Then gently rub a small amount of liquid detergent on the stain before washing.
For oily stains like lotion or makeup, try rubbing a bit of dish soap on the spot and letting it sit for 10 minutes before washing. The degreasing properties in dish soap can break down oils.
For tough sweat stains, make a DIY pre-treat solution by mixing:
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
- 1 cup cool water
Soak the stained area in this solution for 20 minutes before washing as usual. The baking soda and peroxide help lift discoloration.
Wash on a Gentle Cycle
Once your heated socks are pre-treated, it’s time for the main event – washing!
Place your Lenz heated socks in a mesh laundry bag and secure the opening. This prevents the socks from twisting around other items in the wash.
Wash the socks on the gentle or delicate cycle using cold or warm water up to 140°F. Make sure to use a mild liquid detergent and wash similar colors together.
If washing by hand, use cool water and gently squeeze – never twist or wring – to clean. Rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear.
Avoid the Dryer
The dryer is a no-no for Lenz heated socks! The high heat can damage the heating elements and ruin the batteries.
Instead, lay your washed heated socks flat on top of towels. Gently roll up the towels to absorb moisture. Replace with dry towels as needed.
Air drying prevents heat damage and retains the socks’ shape. Your socks may take a few hours to fully dry.
If in a rush, try drying on the no-heat air fluff cycle for 5-10 minutes. Check frequently to prevent over-drying.
Finish with Fabric Softener
Once washed and dried, it’s time for the finishing touch – fabric softener!
Lightly spritz your Lenz heated socks with liquid fabric softener. Or add 1/4 cup softener to the rinse cycle.
This leaves your socks with a fresh, soft scent and helps reduce static.
While fabric softener can be a great way to give Lenz heated socks a fresh scent and reduce static, some readers may prefer to avoid it due to allergies or personal preferences.
Consider offering alternative options, such as using essential oils or vinegar to achieve a similar effect. During the rinse cycle, a few drops of lavender or lemon oil will leave a light, fresh scent. White vinegar also helps reduce static without added chemicals.
Hand Washing Method
If your Lenz heated socks are labeled “hand wash only,” the process is very similar:
- Fill a basin or sink with cool water and add a small amount of mild liquid detergent.
- Submerge your socks and gently squeeze and agitate to clean. Avoid twisting, wringing, or scrubbing vigorously.
- Drain and refill the basin with cool, clean water to rinse. Rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear.
- Lay flat on towels to dry. Air drying is best, but you can briefly use the no-heat air fluff cycle.
- Once fully dry, lightly spritz with fabric softener if desired. Or, add a few drops of essential oil to the rinse water for a natural option.
Hand washing with care keeps your socks in top condition while still getting them clean!
Storing Heated Socks
Between wears, make sure to store your Lenz heated socks properly:
- Allow socks to fully dry before storing to prevent mildew.
- Fold socks loosely instead of balling them up tight to avoid creases.
- Keep in a cool, dry place away from extreme heat or cold temperatures.
- Avoid storing in direct sunlight, which can fade colors over time.
- Check battery levels and recharge between wears. Remove batteries during long-term storage.
Proper storage habits maximize your heated socks’ lifespan and performance.
Oh darn, your Lenz heated socks aren’t working correctly after washing? Here are some troubleshooting tips:
Socks have no heat:
- Check that batteries are charged and inserted correctly.
- Try resetting the heating element by removing the batteries for 10 seconds, then reinserting.
- Check for rips, tears, or loose connections – this may require professional repair.
Socks heat unevenly:
- Make sure socks are completely dry before use – moisture can impact heating.
- Socks may need recalibration if heating unevenly. Contact Lenz support.
Battery life seems reduced:
- Batteries typically last 1-2 seasons with proper care. Replace batteries regularly.
- Avoid exposing socks to high heat, which can reduce battery performance.
Socks have lousy odor:
- Clean socks regularly using the method above and allow them to dry thoroughly between uses.
- Check for mildew if damp stored – this may require professional cleaning.
Still, have some questions about washing your Lenz heated socks? Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
Can I put my heated socks in the dryer?
No, the dryer can damage the heating elements. Air dry or use the no-heat air fluff setting only.
How often should I wash my heated socks?
Wash after every 5-7 wears or whenever socks look visibly dirty. Wash less frequently if worn daily.
What temperature water should I wash with?
Use cool or warm water up to 140°F. Avoid hot water over 140°F.
Can I use fabric softener?
Yes, lightly spritz or rinse with liquid softener after washing. Avoid heavy quantities. Or try natural alternatives like essential oils or vinegar.
How do I wash battery packs?
Remove battery packs before washing socks. Do not submerge battery packs in water. Wipe down with a damp cloth if needed.
Should I wash socks inside out?
No need to wash inside out. Just be sure to use a mesh bag to protect the socks in the wash.
Can I put my socks in the washer and dryer?
Wash on a gentle cycle in a mesh bag. Air dry only – no dryer to prevent damage.
That covers everything you need to know to properly care for and wash your Lenz heated socks! This handy guide will keep your socks clean, soft, and ready to warm your feet all winter.
With some care, your Lenz heated socks will deliver cozy warmth and comfort for many seasons. So grab your detergent, queue up some tunes, and get those socks washed!
Give them time to fully air dry before slipping them back on for toasty temperature-regulated bliss.