15 Surprising Things You Can Clean in a Washing Machine

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My washing machine is churning right now, busily working on a soapy load of jeans.

It’s one of the most active appliances in our house, dutifully returning my daughter’s winter jacket to snowy white or just whirring its way through another endless pile of dirty T-shirts.

I usually just empty our regular clothes hampers full of standard dirty clothing into the washer and don’t think twice about it. But over the years, I’ve also thrown everything from car mats to pillows in the washer, and they’ve all come out fine.

To avoid disasters: Check individual items first to make sure they’re not labeled hand-wash only. If an item is absolutely irreplaceable, best to hand-wash it in a sink with some Woolite rather than risk the washer.

Now, here’s a look at more than a dozen items your washing machine can handle. Soon, you’ll be cleaning up big-time.

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