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5 Every-Day Items You Shouldn’t Try to Clean in a Washing Machine

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5 Every-Day Items You Shouldn’t Try to Clean in a Washing Machine

5 Every-Day Items You Shouldn’t Try to Clean in a Washing Machine

Washing machines are a convenient household appliance.  They make the task of laundering clothes speedy, and effortless.  But just because washing machines are handy, doesn’t mean they can clean everything under the sun.  Many items of clothing actually need to be separated, or else your washing machine will destroy them irreparably. Lifestyle Writer Molly Grace cautions that “doing laundry the right way is a little more complex than most people realize. It may be tempting to just throw in a load on ‘normal’ and then toss it in a dryer without thinking too much about things like fabric type, load size or the state of your machines. By doing this, however, you could be speeding up the process of wearing down your wardrobe, meaning you’ll have to buy new clothes more often.” Here are a few things you should never try to clean in a washing machine:


1.     Overalls Stained with Engine-Oil:

If you’ve spent a lot of time working around flammable mechanical fluids, use caution before trying to wash away any heavy stains.  Not only can such liquids cause fires, but viscous solvents also end up clogging drainage without dissolving away.  Soak any clothes you use for mechanical work/crafts in a bucket of hot soapy water first.  Then attempt to wash them in a machine after the oil has melted.


2.    Fabrics with Pet Hair on Them:

If you own a pet, be cautious about washing fabrics coated in fur.  Mainly because fur tends to build up in pipes and plumbing over time.  Before washing any blankets or fabrics which pets use regularly, take them outdoors and shake the stray hair out of them.  Use a lint brush to extract as much fur as you can, then toss them into a washing machine.


3.    Neck-Ties:

Neckties might seem sturdy at first glance, but they’re actually stitched together with very fragile seams.  Moreover, high-end neckties are usually made of delicate and expensive fabrics.  If you have to clean a necktie, it’s best to have it taken care of by a dry cleaner.  Tossing it into a washing machine will warp and tear the tie.


4.    Sneakers/Shoes:

Some people have a habit of using washing machines as a shortcut to clean shoes.  Unfortunately, this is always a bad idea.  Not only are shoes heavily contaminated by ground-level germs (which don’t dissolve away in a washing machine), but subjecting shoes to a spin cycle loosens all the adhesive joints which keep the shoe together.


5.    Bathing Suits:

Before stuffing your favorite bathing suit into a load of laundry, check to see if it has any tassels and straps.  Such intricate stitch work can easily get snagged during the spin cycle, and get ripped apart by a washing machine’s force.  If you must wash bathing suits in a washing machine, use a garment-protection mesh/bag.  These are available in many different sizes and designs to prevent delicate clothes from rupturing in the machine.



As society comes to terms with life after the pandemic, it’s important to make sure that your domestic routines are well-organized.  That includes managing the way we perform errands and chores.  Before putting items of clothing into your washing machine, inspect them to confirm whether they need a special method of cleaning.  There’s usually a label somewhere on your garments which indicates the best way to take care of them.  If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative courses, workshops and events listed on our websites and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Academy can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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