Taking Care of the Washing Machine
The washing machine takes a beating. We toss in loads of dirty clothes, pour in some soap and hit the start button. It’s all too easy to set it and forget it. Both the washing machine and clothes are expensive, however, and deserve to be treated properly. That’s why there are some things that should never be put in the washing machine. Have you made the mistake of putting any of these items in there?
Embellishments are delicate items that require TLC to maintain their glitz. Delicately sewn-on items can easily tear from the jostling of the machine, or from getting caught on other items. What’s more, the washing machine’s hot water can break down the adhesive used to attach glued-on pieces.
Fluffy Throw Blankets
Tossing cozy throws in the washing machine can lead to shrinking and cause them to lose their soft feel. Keep throw blankets in prime shape with spot cleaning or dry cleaning.
Items Covered in Pet Hair
Picking up the pup or cuddling the cat can lead to lots of loose pet hair on your clothing. Machine-washing items that are covered in pet hair should be avoided, as the hair can clump together and clog the drain pipes. Be sure to use a lint roller prior to putting the items in the machine.
Memory Foam Pillows
Extra Large Items
Items should always be able to move fairly freely in the washing machine. If you jam a large comforter in the machine, the soap and water can’t tackle the entirety of the item. Furthermore, overloading could cause the item to get tangled, resulting in a broken agitator or misaligned rotating drum.
Wool and cashmere are prone to shrinking in both the washing machine and dryer, while velvet, silk, leather, and suede can lose their integrity with just one wash. All-natural fabrics should stay out of the machine, to keep them from becoming misshapen.
Related: How To: Hand-Wash Clothes
Loose change ends up in pockets all the time. Besides the annoying sound of coins rolling around the washing machine, the small pieces of metal can make their way past the filter and damage the drain pipe.
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