Help make your life easier by throwing these items into the washing machine.
Did you know your washing machine could clean more than just your dirty laundry? Why not try to wash some of these items:
1. Shower curtains – yes even plastic ones
When your shower curtain gets dirty and mouldy just throw it in the machine in cold water – voila it’s like new again.
2. Your pillows
We probably don’t think about it but our pillows can get pretty dirty. Just make sure you read the label first to ensure your pillow is OK to pop into the machine.
Most of us wouldn’t think to look at our curtains but they can get pretty dirty. Check the label first but you’ll find many types can be thrown in the machine. Then just rehang to dry.
4. Car mats
Even though they usually have a rubber backing you can throw your car and bathroom mats into the machine. Just be sure to vacuum them to remove dirt before throwing them in the machine then hang them out to dry.
5. Smelly sports apparel
It’s good to know that your dirty, smelly shin pads, gloves, knee and elbow pads can all go in the machine. You won’t know them when they come out smelling fresher and looking brighter.
6. Your pet’s bed
Our pets are very dear to us but how often do you actually clean their bed? Before throwing it in the machine take the bed outside and give it a good shake to remove the fur. Before giving it back to your pet hang it on the line in the sun to dry.
7. Your shoes
Most sneakers and sport shoes can be thrown in the machine but just be sure to remove the laces. Make sure to dry them in the fresh air and not the dryer.
8. Your doona
Not many people realise your doona can actually go in the machine. If it can fit throw it in. To help prevent the feathers clumping together in the dryer throw some tennis balls into the dryer to help fluff it up.
9. Backpacks, gym bags and lunch bags
Yes, you can actually throw your backpacks, gym bags and lunch bags into the machine. It’s probably a good idea to empty out the crumbs before you throw them into the machine. As they will take a while to dry it’s best to think about doing this on a sunny weekend.
10. Soft toys
While our kids love their soft toys they can get pretty smelly and dirty. Remove any clothes or bits and pieces on the toys and then just throw them in the washing machine. If the toy is old or delicate you may want to throw it in a mesh washing bag.
You’d be surprised how grimy and dirty lego can get. To give you piece of mind just throw them in a wash bag and into the machine.
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