Stain Removal

Declare a Spring Wash Day

Dirty socks, pants and shirts pile up. Hampers overflow. But, items we use most frequently are easy to forget when laundry day comes around.

If you want a really clean house this spring, add these items to your laundry list:

•  Shower curtain and liner – Daily showers leave soap scum and other residue on the liner, and moisture may lead to mold and mildew buildup. Wiping down your shower liner can be difficult. But, did you know you could clean it in your washing machine? Good Housekeeping offers great tips on how to easily wash both the shower curtain and liner.

•  Bath mats and other small rugs – Vacuuming or shaking out small rugs and bath mats can’t get tough dirt out. (And, bath mats may be susceptible to the same mold and mildew problems as shower curtains.) Follow available wash instructions or put them in your washing machine on the delicate cycle inside a zippered pillowcase or laundry bag.

•  Pillows – Body oils and sweat can build up on pillows. Most pillows—except foam pillows—can be put in the washing machine, if you follow wash directions. Then, put them in the dryer with tennis balls for best results. Imagine how much better you’ll sleep knowing they’re clean.

•  Fabric/knit hats, scarves and mittens – Before you store these items after winter, wash them on a gentle cycle with mild detergent.

•  Jackets – Like other accessories, it’s best to clean these items before they are stored.

•  Gym bag – If you or your family members tote workout clothes from the gym to home, it’s likely your gym bag could use a good cleaning! Check the label to ensure it is machine washable. (Then, enjoy the fresh smell before your next workout!)

•  Curtains – Curtains hold on to dust and other irritants that may affect family members who suffer from allergies. Cleaning them twice a year may cut down on allergy symptoms. We’ll leave you to decide whether clean curtains also make sunrises and sunsets more beautiful.

•  Pet beds – Dogs and cats may track dirt from outside or other areas of the home. Plus, pet beds are magnets for pet hair. Remove the outer cover and wash it with the inner cushion (if it’s washable) in a mild detergent. Baking soda works like magic to eliminate odors.

So, what’s missing from this list? Let us know in the comments below. And, cheers to a successful wash day!