Everyone, on occasion, will find a used tissue or wadded up five dollar bill during the course of doing laundry. This is not so unusual, as these are commonly left in pockets. Sometimes these treasures are discovered during the laundry’s commute from washer to dryer. Other times, they are found with your warm and fluffy laundry coming out of the dryer. |
When you have kids, you will start finding more interesting things in the laundry. Legos and nametag labels that were stuck on a shirt at school or church are fairly common. Many of you have found sippy cups and crayons (or rather a wad of crayon and wrapper in a load full of carnation pink-tinged clothes). The really interesting things start showing up when kids get old enough to help with the laundry. The following is my list of the seven strangest things I have found in the laundry:
1. Batteries. We live in the electronic age. I think a certain video gaming console whose controllers run on AA’s is the culprit. Why they end up in the laundry, I’m not sure.
2. Shoes. I have found anything from flip-flops to tennis shoes. I suppose they get gathered up with the dirty clothes. Note: a certain swooshy brand has a line of shoes that do not do well in the dryer. The gel-filled shock absorbers will burst!
3. Apple core. Kids: is it really that hard to put your core in the trash?
4. Nintendo games (all generations). I have to hand it to the Japanese. They make these things like Americans make Fords. Tough.
5. Hangers. Yes, I have found entire hangers in my wash…. along with the clean shirt that was hanging on it. Grrrr. As if five kids don’t generate enough dirty laundry, I’m washing the clean stuff too!
6. An empty fabric softener bottle. I can sort of see how this happens, since things apparently have a hard time finding their way to the trash in this house. An empty bottle accidentally gets knocked into the empty washing machine. Without looking into the tub, my laundry helper starts loading clothes right on top.
7. Last but not least: A toilet brush. I am at a loss for any type of explanation. Your guess is as good as mine!
Going on nine years ago, I bought the next-to-the-cheapest washer and dryer set. No bells and whistles here. The only reason it wasn’t the cheapest is because I got an extra-large capacity set. Approximately 6,600 LARGE loads later, it is still going strong (knock on wood). I can’t wait to see what treasures I find in my trusty washer and dryer during the next nine years!
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