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.
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.
Residues from fabric softeners, as well as the fragrances commonly used in them, can aggravate allergies and sensitivities, and can also be hazardous in some dryers, leaving a buildup on lint screens, which can block airflow, or on moisture sensors.