Washing machines are one of man’s best inventions. They make are life easier tenfold. No more scrubbing clothes for hours. Now you just toss them in and relax while the machine does all the work. But did you know your washing machine can clean a lot more than just clothes? Yep, that’s right. This marvelous machine can surprise you with how many extra things it can help you clean. That’s why today we are going to show you some unusual things you never knew you can clean in your washing machine.
Washing machines are one of man’s best inventions
There are plenty of things you shouldn’t wash in your washing machine. However, there are also plenty of things you’ve probably never even thought about putting in there, but can. The washing machine is definitely a multipurpose tool. Saving you time and efforts from scrubbing. And even when it stops working, you can still find a bunch of ways to repurpose it and use it. Tossing things in the washer is probably one of the fastest and easiest ways to refresh a ton of household items. Let’s see what you can add to your next load.
There are also plenty of things you’ve never even thought about putting in there, but can
Shower curtains often become yucky over time. They start to collect mildew, scum from soap and slowly start to turn yellow. Instead of spending hours scrubbing, you can easily toss them in the machine. Yes, this also goes for plastic shower curtains. Just set the washing machine to a cool setting and add some towels to act as a cushion and “scrub” the curtains. You can also add a cup of baking soda to your regular detergent to help loosen the gunk, but this is not mandatory.
Instead of spending hours scrubbing, you can easily toss them in the machine
While wringing it out gets the dirty water out, it doesn’t really do all that good of a job of cleaning the mop head itself. And boy do these things collect a ton of dirt in them. In order to clean your mop heads fully and lengthen their life, you can rely on the washing machine. Just put the head in a mesh bag and add it to a small load with hot water. Use your regular detergent and voilà, clean mop heads.
In order to clean your mop heads fully, you can rely on the washing machine
Sponges take a beating. We scrub and clean pretty much everything with them. And we often have to go through a ton of sponges throughout the year. However, you can easily save some sponges (and money) by just giving them a good wash in the washing machine. When your sponges start to get discolored or look dirty, place them in a mesh bag and just set your machine to sanitize or on a hot water cycle. You can also clean them in the dishwasher.
You can easily save your sponges by just giving them a good wash in the washing machine
While it’s not recommended to toss in a foam pillow, you can wash regular bed pillows, dog beds, as well as cushion pillows in the machine. This will help give them a more thorough clean and get rid of any nasty stains. Put the pillows on a warm, gentle cycle and use a mild detergent. After the cycle is finished, it’s best to leave the pillows to air dry. If you do however want to put them in the dryer, make sure to place some towels with them, so it goes faster.
Put the pillows on a warm, gentle cycle and use a mild detergent
This one may come as a surprise, but you can actually wash your rubber car mats inside the washing machine as well. Of course, this goes if they aren’t super heavy or too big to fit. You can even wash the mats and rugs (like those in the bathroom) that have a rubber back in the machine. However, wash these things sparingly, as washing them too often can cause them to lose some grip. It’s best to stick to just vacuuming until they really need a wash. You can even wash your yoga mat. Make sure to dust them before the wash and them on a cycle without spin or on a gentle cycle with warm water.
You can actually wash your rubber car mats inside the washing machine as well
Stuffed animals, silicone, and plastic toys can all be washed inside the washing machine. Just make sure to put them in a mesh bag first (or a pillowcase with a rubber band on top) and then wash them on a delicate cycle with cool water. Make sure to not wash any toys that have rubber, really small parts or batteries in them. It’s also not recommended to wash toys that have beaded fillings.
Stuffed animals, silicone, and plastic toys can all be washed inside the washing machine
Backpacks and gym bags can easily be cleaned in the washing machine. These bags tend to get dirty fast, since we are constantly carrying them around, placing them on the floor, and so on. When that happens, it’s time for a good wash in the washing machine. You can place bags with straps inside a mesh bag, or if you don’t have one big enough, simply turn the backpacks inside out. This way the straps will stay contained. We also recommend you unzip and open up all the pockets before washing.
Backpacks and gym bags can easily be cleaned in the washing machine
These were some unexpected things you can clean in your washing machine. We hope you found this article interesting. Now you can easily clean all of these things by just tossing them in the machine and relax. Just don’t forget to also give your washing machine a good clean from time to time.
These were some unexpected things you can clean in your washing machine