Mop heads need to be cleaned after every use, but if you're like me, getting hands-on seems gross. Instead, I clean and sanitize mop heads in the washer. Set the water setting to small load, the water heat to hot or sanitize, and pop the mop head in a mesh lingerie bag. Your mop head will come out looking like new.
Silicon trivets and oven mitts can be tossed in with your regular loads, as long as they're not too dirty. All they need is a warm wash cycle. If putting them in with clothing worries you, put them in with a load of towels.
Bathroom rugs and small rugs can be washed in the washer, but you need to be careful about your settings. Always use warm water and a gentle cycle. Cold or hot water can make them shrink or can crack the rubber liner on bath mats. Bonus tip: Before you put your rug back down, secure it to the floor with Velcro to prevent slipping hazards.
Bed pillows gather dust, dead skin cells and dust mites. To sanitize them, put one pillow in the washer with fabric softener and your regular detergent. Use the sanitize mode or set the water temperature to hot and switch to the small load setting. This trick works with both down and synthetic pillows. Afterwards, fluff your pillow in the dryer.
There's no need to toss a gunky shower curtain or liner. I put mine in the washer. Make sure to use warm water since cold can make plastic curtains and liners crack and rip and choose a small load setting to save water.
I don't know how many times my kids have spilled snacks in their backpacks, but I can't count the amount on both hands. To get their backpacks like new I simply turn them inside out and put them in with a warm water load.