10 Clothing Items That Do Not Belong to The Washing Machine

10 Clothing Items That Do Not Belong to The Washing Machine

We've all been there: staring at a beloved garment, unsure if tossing it in the washing machine is a recipe for disaster.

But here is the solution, fashion friends!

This guide will be your laundry day savior.

Dive into the world of delicate fabrics, stubborn stains, and confusing care labels.

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From understanding the different types of materials to mastering the art of pre-treating.

We'll equip you with the knowledge and confidence to tackle any laundry challenge.

Whether you're a seasoned laundry pro or a complete newbie, this guide will help you keep your clothes looking their best for years to come.


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1. Delicate fabrics

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Clothes are made from silk, lace, cashmere, or embellished with sequins, beads, or other delicate details.

Such products are easily damaged by the agitation in a washing machine.

Furthermore, hand-washing or dry cleaning is your ideal option.


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2. Leather items

Leather jackets, pants, and accessories can shrink, crack, or lose their shape in the washing machine.

Instead, choose a service for professional leather cleaning or try out spot cleaning at home.

For a step-by-step guide, check here How to Wash Real Leather clothing.


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3. Swimwear

While some swimsuits might be machine-washable, chlorine and harsh detergents can damage the fabric.

Hand-washing with mild soap and air drying is the safest option.


wool sweater in washing machine


4. Wool Sweaters

Wool sweaters can shrink and felt in the washing machine.

In this case, you go-to is hand-washing your sweaters in cool water.

Additionally, you may consider using wool-specific detergent during the cleaning process.

Another option is also dry cleaning.

Read here How to Wash a Wool Sweater.


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5. Down Jackets and Pillows

The high heat and agitation in a washing machine can damage the down filling, causing it to clump and lose its insulating properties.

Hand-washing or professional cleaning are recommended.


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6. Hats With Stiff Brims or Embellishments

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Washing these can warp the brim, dislodge embellishments, or ruin the shape.

Spot cleaning or professional cleaning are preferred.


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7. Anything Heavily Embellished

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Clothes with elaborate beading, embroidery, or other decorations can snag or fall off in the washing machine.

Hand-washing or dry cleaning is best to avoid damage.


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8. Anything With Strong Odors

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The washing machine can trap strong odors like smoke or sweat.

Air out the garment first or try professional cleaning for stubborn smells.


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9. Clothes With Excessive Stains

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Pre-treat stains before washing, especially delicate fabrics.

Heavy stains might require professional cleaning for better results and to avoid setting them further.

If you need further help to remove excessive stains from your (vintage) clothing, check out our Stain Removal Guide.


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10. Anything you're unsure about

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Always check the care label on your clothes.

It will provide specific instructions on washing temperature, drying methods, and any special care requirements.


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