Believe it or not, washing clothes, bedding and other linens is a simple and effective way to kill bed bugs. Let’s find out why, and how to do it right. If you have a bed bug infestation in your home, laundering washable items is a crucial step. It’s also one of the easier tasks that help get bed bugs out of your home. Most of us already do our laundry in three steps: sorting, washing and drying. Each of these steps helps kill bed bugs.