Not just clothes: what other items can be machine-washed

Alina MilsentLife
What can be cleaned in the washing machine except for clothes

A washing machine is an indispensable household appliance. It's important to clean the filters, rubber holders, drum, and powder containers periodically to prevent mold and fungal spores from growing. In fact, experts say that you can wash more than just clothes in a machine.

Like the dishwasher, this appliance can make cleaning much easier. OBOZ.UA analyzed what, besides clothes or home textiles, can be washed in a machine.

Soft toys

Soft toys need to be washed regularly as they accumulate dust, dirt, food debris, etc. Fill the drum of the machine with toys, add a little detergent to the tray, and turn on the delicate cycle. Important note: if soft toys have electronic components, they should not be machine-washed.

Puzzle mats

Puzzle mats are a safe and practical attribute for children's rooms. You don't have to wash all the dirt by hand as these mats are also machine-washable. All you need to do is disassemble the cover and put it in the washing machine. Then turn on the delicate cycle.

Shower curtains

Shower curtains can be washed in cold water. Use a short cycle and do not wring the product to avoid damaging the material.

Construction sets

Children's construction sets get dirty quickly, and a mesh bag or a regular pillowcase will come in handy for washing. You can also add towels to the drum so that the construction set doesn't rattle too much during washing.

Car mats

Before washing car mats in the machine, vacuum them and rinse them under running water. Then put them in the drum and run a short cycle.


According to research, bacteria and fungal spores that accumulate in pillows can cause health problems. You can machine wash down (feather) pillows.

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