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1. Shower Curtain Liners
To keep yours stink- and stain-free, launder it once a month in cold water on the delicate cycle.
Include them in a load of rags or towels, and air-dry them. Laces can go in with the load, but insoles should be washed by hand.
4. Yoga Mats
Clean yoga mats in a load of towels or sheets, and set it on a delicate, cold-water cycle. Remove the mat before the spin cycle, and let it air-dry completely before using it again.
5. Baseball Caps
Baseball caps with good stitching and sturdy bills can be laundered with like colors on a cold, gentle cycle.
6. Stuffed Animals
Put the toys in a pillowcase or mesh laundry bag, and throw them in along with a load of clothes of like colors.
8. Pet Collars and Leashes
As long as they aren’t studded or have other ornaments on them, non-leather pet collars and leashes can be cleaned in the washing machine.
10. Sports Equipment
Pro tip: Adding laundry sanitizer to the wash cycle will kill bacteria and odor.
11. Makeup Sponges
Add some white vinegar to the wash cycle at about ¼ cup per load, which will help disinfect and deodorize your sponges.
12. Silicone Oven Mitts
As long as it isn’t trimmed in leather or suede, or isn’t bedazzled with embellishments, a backpack can be washed in the washing machine.
It’s best to wash silk in cool water on a gentle cycle (preferably inside a mesh laundry bag that provides an additional layer of protection).
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