Tips for Washing Large and Odd Shaped Clothing

Washing machines have come a long way in the last decade. Some items that you would have never dreamed of washing at home years ago are perfectly safe to throw in your washing machine today. However, you need to be aware of what can be machine washed and what cannot. Here are some tips for washing large and odd-shaped clothing.


Jackets and Coats

Always check the labels on your outdoor items before washing. You may be surprised to find out that most jackets and coats can be machine washed. We recommend washing all coats by themselves, on a gentle or delicate cycle with cold water. If the tag says the coat is dryer safe, then go for it, otherwise, hang to dry.

Comforters and Quilts

If you have a large capacity washing machine, then you probably can be washing your comforters and quilts at home. Your washing machine may even have a bedding or comforter setting. For quilts, we recommend a gentle cycle with cold water and dry and low. However, you may want to use warm water for your comforters, but a gentle cycle is still best.


It can get a bit iffy when it comes to washing shoes at home. Leather shoes should never be thrown in the washer and should be wiped clean instead. Sneakers and tennis shoes are safe to be thrown in the washer, but you need to balance the load. We recommend washing all shoes on a gentle cycle with cold water. Throw in a few towels to keep the load balanced. Never put shoes in the dryer, and instead air dry, or hang outside.


Always read the label on your pillows before washing. Most fiber filled and down pillows are machine washable. However, you MUST use a delicate cycle on the lowest spin speed. Washing your pillows on a heavy-duty cycle can lead to a feather or fluff disaster.


Remember to keep Express Appliance Repair in mind for all your washing machine and appliance needs.