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7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Put In The Washing Machine

Mind-spinning fact: So many items you probably consider “non-washable” can be cleaned in the washing machine, and it's as simple as grabbing the right expert-formulated detergent and cranking your machine to the correct cycle. Below, we’re cycling through our dry-clean-free formulas for washing everything from puffer coats to shower curtains and liners.

1. Wool and Cashmere Sweaters

Check this off your fall cleaning checklist! Nix odors and buildup from fine gauge knits, chunky pullovers, and other woolen accessories sans fabric and wallet-damaging dry cleaning with our non-stripping and conditioning Wool & Cashmere Shampoo formula. For optimal results, place items inside a Mesh Bag, select a delicate cycle, and always reshape gently before air drying. To refresh in between washes, mist with our complementary Wool & Cashmere Shampoo, which smells like a crisp, morning walk along a wooded trail. Check out our master guide to laundering sweaters and knitwear here.

2. Silk Pillowcases

Protect the glossy finish of your silk pillowcases, scarves, and eye masks by washing with our Delicate Wash formula. Made with mild cleansers that gently dissolve dirt, oil and stains from silk, lace, and synthetic fabrics without shrinking or dehydrating, this formula will leave your delicate silk pillowcases and even eye masks beautifully clean, supple, and smooth. Always protect items using a Mesh Bag Bundle, select a hand wash or delicate cycle, and lightly mist with Crease Release while air drying to prevent wrinkles. Zzzz how to do it for yourself with our silk pillowcase and eye mask cleaning guide.

3. Puffer Coats

Despite what their care labels say, down alternative jackets, polyester puffer jackets, Burberry quilted jackets, fiber fill, and synthetic blend coats can all be tossed in the washer. After treating stains from collars and cuffs with the oil and grease-busting Wash & Stain Bar, remove any fur or leather attachments, and wash on a cool setting using Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. Follow our woolens roadmap for stain removal, washing, drying, and seasonal storage here!

4. Down Bedding and Pillows

Tired of your down comforters and pillows finishing flat after laundering with grocery store detergents? Grab your Wool & Cashmere Shampoo and select a cool wash temp. The key to maintaining that cloud-like plushness is to air fluff with Wool Dryer Balls, removing once halfway through the cycle to shake vigorously. Get the low down on washing with our easy tutorial!

5. Dress Shirts

To mimic that “dry clean” finish on dress shirts at home, spot-clean collars and cuffs with the Wash & Stain Bar to remove oily marks from perspiration and natural body oils, then launder on a warm or cool setting with our best selling, plant-derived Signature Detergent. Hate ironing? Mist with Crease Release while air drying shirts to keep wrinkles at bay. Get five steps to dress shirt success.

6. Canvas Sneakers

Kick smells, dirt, and grass marks to the curb by giving your sneaks a deep clean in the washer! First, remove any sole inserts and laces and place them inside a Mesh Bag Bundle. Then, launder on a warm setting using 1-2 capfuls of Signature Detergent. To remove extra-heavy buildup and odors, try presoaking with a capful of our like-magic, oxygen-powered All-Purpose Bleach Alternative and Scented Vinegar before washing.

7. Shower Curtains and Liners

Close the curtain on mold and mildew by using your washing machine to clean both fabric and plastic or vinyl curtains! We recommend soaking away heavy buildup with our multipurpose Scented Vinegar or All-Purpose Bleach Alternative, then laundering with our everyday Classic Signature Detergent formula. Check out the three easy steps to washing shower curtains and liners by reading our blog here, and click through to discover more ways to use Scented Vinegar and All-Purpose Bleach Alternative!

Laundress Pro Tip: Don’t forget to regularly clean your washing machine according to our guide to prevent mold and mildew from building up!