Unexpected Items That Can Go in the Washer

So, you consider yourself a bit of a washing warrior, having mastered the art of laundry long ago. Well, guess again. We bet we can teach you a thing or two about unexpected items that can go in the washer. Here we’ll list a few surprising items you might want to bring with you the next time you make a trip to the self-service laundromat and how you should handle these items when washing.

Yoga Mats

After you’ve finished your daily downward dog, don’t just roll that yoga mat up. Yoga mats collect all your sweat and perspiration, creating the perfect breeding ground for nasty germs. To ensure your yoga mat stays hygienic, wash them regularly. Rubber mats are perfectly fine to be put through the wash, ideally on a cold and delicate cycle.

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Pet Bedding

We regularly wash our own bedding, but what about our four-legged friends? After all, they need a clean place to sleep too! Both the fabric lining and cushioning are items that can go in the washer. However, be sure to separate pet bedding from your regular washing. Many Liquid Laundromats locations, such as our Queenstown Laundromat, have dedicated pet blanket washers to make things even easier for you.

Oven Mitts

Oven mitts are prime territory for caked-on, hard-to-clean stains. Whether it’s lasagna or your speciality shepherd’s pie, most of the food you pull out of the oven seems to be made to spill. Mix that with the heat of the oven, and these stains quickly become impossible to clean. To help get rid of those caked-on stains, throw those mitts in the washer and let the machine handle the hard work.

Stuffed Toys

Teddy bears get a lot of love from your kids but can look less than lovable when covered in dirt and grime. The good news is that these fluffy friends are another item that can go in the washer.

Tips for Washing Unconventional Items

• Most items fare much better in the wash if you use a mesh laundry bag. You can even use an old pillowcase too!
• When washing heavier items, throw in a few towels. The towels will help cushion the items and stop them from knocking around in the machine.
• It’s usually best to wash these unconventional items on the most gentle cycle and on the coldest water setting.
• Even with really dirty items, you should only use a small amount of detergent. Using too much detergent may leave further marks or stains.

The Washing Machine isn’t Just for Clothes!

The world of washing is much larger and more inclusive than you may have initially thought. Whether it’s lasagna-stained oven mitts or teddy bears that have experienced a bit of tough love, many more items can go in the washer than just clothing. Next time you need to wash something a little unconventional, head to your nearest Liquid Laundromats.