American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To wash or undergo washing in a washing machine.
- v. wash by machine
“But it can be tricky to figure out when to dry-clean and when to hand - or machine-wash.”
“You may also be able to machine-wash small rugs, and it's a good idea to occasionally take larger ones outside and beat them with them with a broom.”
“I machine-wash basic pieces in cold water on a delicate cycle and hand-wash those with decoration, drying them with care to preserve their shape.”
“As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.”
“Don't machine-wash brass, bronze, cast iron, disposable plastics, gold-colored flatware, gold-leaf china, hollow-handle knives, pewter, tin, or anything made of wood or with a wood handle. 5.”
“For good measure, occasionally machine-wash the bag and don't let kids play with it.”
“And remember, don't machine-wash items made of brass, bronze, cast iron, disposable plastic, gold-leaf china, or wood. 1.”
“Dry clean it, machine-wash it, wear it till people notice”
“But it can be tricky to figure out when to dry-clean and when to hand- or machine-wash.”
“I wash both the organza and my fabric (which is usually cotton, anyway) in the hottest water possible (sometimes twice, if I'm worried) and dry on high as well, so that I can machine-wash with impunity later.”
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