|Posted on May 27, 2014 at 7:20 PM|
Check out these household cleaning tips. Great way to save time.
Save Time and Clean These 8 Things in Your Washing Machine
On the days you just can't hand wash or spot clean another thing, remember that you have a major time-saving machine in your house. Lots of things, like these eight items, can be tossed in the washer. Just be sure to check any care tags or manufacturer guidelines first.
1. Stuffed animals
If your son's favorite teddy bear looks like he's been mud wrestling, give him a bath in the washing machine. Secure any loose strings, remove any "clothing," and place the toy in a mesh bag or pillowcase for added protection. Don't forget to check the care tag (it he has one). Certain furs might not be washable, and the same goes for a toy stuffed with small foam balls, like Beanie Babies.
Wash athletic shoes in cold water to prevent any warping, and throw in an old towel to prevent them from knocking around too much in the machine. Remove the insoles and laces if you can, and wash those separately.
Good news: If your pillows are down or fiberfill, you can clean them in the washing machine. Use a gentle cycle with warm water, but always read the care label first.
4. Backpacks or lunch bags
Although you might not think to check, some backpacks can be washed in a front-loading machine (and throw in your soccer star's stinky shin guards, too). Remove straps (or turn the bag inside out) and metal parts, and know that any bejeweled elements or decals might not withstand the spinning. Place the bag in a pillowcase to protect it, and wash on a gentle cycle.
5. Rubber-backed rugs
These no-skid mats get a lot of foot traffic, and can quickly become dirty instead of decorative. If your rug is made of cotton or synthetic fibers, you can throw it in the washing machine along with bath towels. Treat it with care -- the rubber backing can't withstand weekly trips to the laundry room.
Save yourself the chore of hand washing as you refresh your windows. Unless your curtains are made of a delicate material, they can likely be washed on a slow-spin cycle in cool water.
7. Chair pads
Bring your patio furniture out of hibernation. Wash one chair pad at a time, use the gentle cycle, and make sure your machine has enough space -- if you're forcing the pads to fit inside, you may have to wash them by hand.
8. Car mats
After months of carpooling, your mats need a thorough cleaning. Pretreat them with a stain remover, like Shout Advanced Gel, and wash them with your normal detergent.