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Let's face it, your running shoes get dirty, smelly and gross after a while and hand washing them in a bin of cold water and soap just doesn't do the trick anymore. So you think throwing them in the washing machine to get them clean seems like a good idea. Some will tell you that you should NOT throw your shoes in the washing machine. Others will swear by it! Here are a couple of steps you can take to minimize risk to make sure your shoes get cleaned not ruined when you throw them in your washing machine.
  Throughout university, I never really thought hard about what to do with my hamper of unclean clothing sitting in my closet. I would split them into whites and colours and throw them in the washing machine. It’s not that I didn’t care to check the labels; I just never realized the importance of having my clothes professionally cleaned… That is, until I started investing in more expensive clothing items such as suits for interviews, internships and all that good stuff that comes along with being a new graduate. The first thing I did after graduating was go into my closet and get rid of all the clothes that I felt looked worn. I realized that some of my clothing, looked worn even though I had recently purchased them. In fact, they looked like I had worn them for years. Some of the seams were falling apart and even my more expensive blouses didn’t fit right anymore. Some looked okay, don’t get me wrong, but the majority of my “nice” clothes did not. This is when I realized I needed to make a change. You never want to risk ruining your clothes after you’ve invested a lot of money into building up your wardrobe. So, before you throw that new shirt in the washing machine, don’t be like me, follow these tips to see if it really belongs there or if you need to get it professionally cleaned.