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Cleaning the Unexpected In Your Washing Machine

Cleaning the Unexpected In Your Washing Machine

Are you ever surprised to find that some of your items need to be cleaned in the washing machine? You’re not alone! From pet bedding to baseball caps, there is a long list of items that can be put into your washing machine and come out looking like new. Here are some of the most surprising things you can clean in your washing machine.

Pet Bedding

Most people know that pet clothing and even pet blankets should go in the wash. But did you know that you can even clean pet beds—the kind filled with shredded foam or cedar chips—in your washing machine? Just make sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions first, as some may recommend hand-washing instead. To keep these items smelling fresh, add a scoop of baking soda before starting the cycle.

Baseball Caps

Believe it or not, baseball caps can actually be put into the washing machine! Just remember to use cool water and low heat when drying them afterwards so they don’t shrink. To keep them from becoming misshapen during their spin cycle, put them in a mesh laundry bag before putting them into the washer. You may want to use a gentle detergent too, such as Woolite or baby shampoo, for better results.

Stuffed Animals

Stuffed animals often get quite grubby over time from being dragged around and hugged by small children. Luckily, most stuffed animals are quite durable and can be cleaned without any problems in your washer! As with other delicate items, place them inside a mesh laundry bag before tossing into your washer on a gentle cycle using cold water only. Afterwards, dry on low heat or air dry if possible.

Cleaning certain items in your washing machine is actually easier than you think! In addition to pet bedding, baseball caps and stuffed animals, many other household items—from yoga mats to shower curtains—can also be laundered right at home using just a few simple steps. So next time you have something unexpected that needs cleaning up, don’t despair; just pull out the trusty washing machine! Do you have clothing items that are best suited for dry cleaning? Contact your Greenville dry cleaner and take advantage of  our pick-up and delivery program.