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Sitting in the corner of your bathroom or your laundry room is one of the most actively used and magical machines that can wash and clean more than just your clothes or towels or sheets. Yes, it’s the washing machine we’re talking about.
If you’re one of those who assumes that your washing machine is only for clothes and linens, we are sorry to say, but you are in the dark. There’s a long list of surprising items that this mighty machine can clean.
Here’s a list of 10 household items that your washing machine can clean other than your clothes of course. All you have to do is press “start.”
Keep in mind to check each item individually to ensure that they are not labeled hand-wash only. If so, clean them separately by hand. The trick to successfully washing the below given 18 items in your washing machine is to use the gentle cycle, right water temperature and putting any small items into a laundry bag of mesh to avoid the dryer’s heat.
For some items, you may want to add some disinfectant to kill bacteria and other germs. While some items can endure bleach, others can’t. To avoid spoiling such materials, use a disinfectant like Lysol while washing them.
1. Backpacks & Gym Bags
Apart from leather backpacks or gym bags, vinyl and fabric made backpacks and gym bags can be undoubtedly lobbed in the washing machine with other similarly colored laundry. Make sure to empty out each pocket of the backpack or gym bag.
If there are stains present, treat them with stain removal products. Also, ensure that you turn the bag inside out before washing it. Wash it with a suitable detergent in warm water to get the best results.
Make sure to wash your pillows only two at a time a gentle cycle with warm water. To completely wash out all soap from the pillows, add some cold water and then rinse and spin. To fluff up your pillows, ensure to dry them on low heat beside a few rubber dryer balls.
3. Tennis Shoes
As we all know, shoes are bound to get dirty and filthy no matter how hard you try to keep them otherwise. To wash them in your washing machine, first take out their laces and zip them in a mesh lingerie laundry bag. Now, toss your shoes along with the mesh bag and some old used towels.
You need to add towels or some other old laundry to level the load and prevent the bothersome banging noise. If your shoes are muddy, rinse them off first in the sink before cleaning them in the washing machine.
4. Yoga Mats
You must be washing you yoga pants and tops in the washing machine, but why not your yoga mat? Simply unroll your yoga mat and arrange it in the washer carefully. To balance the load, toss in some towels to thwart your washer from shaking and rocking.
Use a heavy-duty detergent and gentle cycle to wash the mat properly. You can use either warm or cool water. Never put the mat in the dryer to dry it.
Use an absorbent towel to squeeze out as much as water possible from the mat. Dry it on a drying rack or clothespin, ensuring that it is distanced away from direct heat.
5. Stuffed Toys
Unless the stuffed toy has an electrical or mechanical part, it can be easily washed in the machine. Make sure that the toy has no rips before tossing them in the washer; otherwise it will lead to the loss of filling.
Place the stuffed toys in a mesh laundry bag and wash them in a gentle cycle with cool water. Let it air dry.
6. Small Rugs and Bathmats
Shake away any loose dirt from the rug and mat before loading them into the washer. Toss some towels to balance the load. Wash them on a delicate cycle with cold water.
Add half the regular amount of detergent you normally use. Instead of loading them in the dryer, allow the mats to air dry.
7. Plastic Toys
Plastic toys such as Legos, action figures, dog toys can get mucky over long periods of time. Cleaning them by hand is no easy feat, but cleaning them in a washer is a child’s play.
Put all the toys in a mesh laundry bags and wash them on a delicate cycle with cool water and some detergent.
8. Hot Pads and Oven Mitts
You may regularly wash your kitchen towels but what about your oven mitts and hot pads? Simply add them to your load of kitchen towels and hang them to dry afterwards.
9. Small Cushions
Small cushions can be washed easily as long as they fit in your washer, whilst leaving ample space for it to spin. Unless the tags on the cushion otherwise, you can just toss them in the washer and clean them on a delicate cycle with warm or cool water. Do not place them in the dryer. Instead, allow them to air dry or use to dryer balls.
10. Sports Gear
It is crucial that you give your sports gear such as knee pads, shin guards, gloves, etc. a thorough cleaning each month. Fasten all the Velcro closures to avoid them from tangling with each other. Put them in separate laundry bags and toss them into the washer. Add half the amount of usual detergent and wash them in cold water on a regular cycle.
So, these are some of the things you can clean with your washing machines. There are still many more things you can clean with washing machines. Do not be hesitant in trying things and you may be in for a surprise.