Things You Didn't Know

You Could Clean in Your

Washing Machine

1. Shower Curtain Liners

To keep yours stink- and stain-free, launder it once a month in cold water on the delicate cycle.

2. Sneakers

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.

13. Backpacks

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.

14. Silk

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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