10 unusual things you can wash in your washing machine


Though we primarily use our washing machines to clean clothes, you can wash a whole lot of other everyday items in there too. It will save you oodles of time and money and will leave the items coming out fresh and clean.  Read on

  1. Fabric bags : Your fabric or cloth shoulder bags aka jholas deserve a good cleaning too. Air-dry to avoid any shrinkage — especially if your bag has a zipper. Also before washing make sure to watch out for colours that run over.
  2. Gym bags | school bags | backpacks : Cloth or nylon gym bags | school bags | backpacks are also safe to wash in the washing machine. Just empty them before you dunk them into the tub.
  3. Plastic shower curtain : Plastic shower curtains and liners are always a chore to clean. Take it easy and wash them in cold water in your washing machine.
  4. Car mats : Refresh your car mats, and give them a spin in your washing machine to leave them fresh like a car spa.
  5. Chair cushions : You can safely clean cushions in the washing machine when spills happen. No need to fret here.
  6. Curtains :  If you have been dry cleaning curtains all the while, save your self some pennies. Add washing your curtains to your seasonal cleaning list, and launder them in the washing machine. But if they have liners, or tags that suggest that they should be dry-cleaned only, take them to the cleaners please.
  7. Rubber-backed rugs : The rubber-backed rugs in your bathroom or kitchen are safe to wash in the washing machine. Washing them periodically gets rid of any lingering mold or mildew.
  8. Sneakers : Give your sneakers a good cleaning and add them to the wash. Remove the laces from canvas or nylon sneakers and slip them into a cotton pillowcase where they won’t get tangled. Take out any inner soles or padding before tossing them in for a wash. Pair them with a few towels or bed sheets to keep your washing machine balanced — and reduce all the potential sound. Add your regular amount of detergent, plus a dash of vinegar to deodorize. Set your machine on a cold-wash delicate cycle. Allow the shoes and shoelaces to air dry. Ta-dah!
  9. Stuffed toys | Small toys: Set your machine machine to wash and rinse cycle. Use cold water (warm or hot water could melt soft toy’s glue) and half the regular amount of detergent. In case of small toys, toss them into wash bags or illow cases. Run the toys through a second rinse cycle to remove all the soap, and allow them to air dry.
  10. Grocery bags : With the charge on grocery bags you are most definitely reusing them these days. Your reusable grocery bags go from the inside of your shopping cart to the boot of your car to your kitchen platform. Plus, they’re in close contact with your fruits and veggies. Give them the thorough cleaning they deserve. Canvas bags can go straight into the washing machine on a hot-water regular cycle with the recommended amount of detergent. Pop them right into the dryer afterward.


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