Most of us give little thought to our dishwashers -- we just load the dishes, add the detergent, and turn it on. But a bit of planning goes a long way toward keeping your dishes and utensils in their best shape and getting them as clean as possible.
Although some experts recommend professional dry-cleaning for down and other fluffy bedding items, it is generally safe to wash them, either in the machine on gentle cycle or by hand. Here are some nifty tips from "Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook" on how to keep your pillows and comforters looking like new.
It's time to get your hands dirty. Machine-washing is not appropriate for most delicate fabric. But hand-washing isn't exactly foolproof either. Here's how to ensure your clothes come out of the wash not only cleaner ... but intact.