You need to take care when washing delicate clothes, like silks and woolens, as they can easily be shrunk.
That said, you can still wash most of your delicate items in the washing machine – this guide gives you some advice on how to stop shrinkage and other damage.
Here are a few tips to bear in mind when washing delicates:
Heat can damage and shrink delicate clothes – so it's usually best to avoid the drying programmes on your washing machine. The best way to dry these items is to lay them out flat on a towel and leave them to air dry. This stops stretching or heat damage.
Some delicate items might be able to cope with a cold tumble to get some of the wrinkles out – but you should always check the label.