The Bottom Of The Washer? Wow, Some Bizarre Things!

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The Bottom Of The Washer? Such bizarre things to be found!!

What bizarre things have you found in your laundry? I’m the mother of 2 daughters and 2 sons, 5 granddaughters and 5 grandsons. In the role of mother and grandmother I’ve done  thousands of loads of laundry. My rule is, “if you are over the age of 5 you can be responsible for emptying your own pockets prior to placing your clothes in the dirty laundry.” Occasionally that actually happens. The rest of the time, when they “forget” to empty pockets, the difference in items found in the bottom of the washer is striking.

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Common items found in girls pockets

Girls Laundry? Not terribly gross.

Girls laundry? You find chapstick , ponytail holders, Barbie doll shoes, a miniature Troll, bobby pins, a list or a note, occasionally a dollar or some change.

Boys Laundry? Prepare Yourself!

Boys laundry? Ugh!! You better be ready for most anything. Creepy crawlers (now deceased after passing through the wash cycles), fake creepy crawlers used to terrorize their sisters, Nerf bullets (lots of Nerf bullets). Pocket knives   seem to go through the laundry on a regular basis. My boys must have had the cleanest pocket knives in the neighborhood. Wadded up dollar bills and change. Wrappers from whatever snacks they ate last. Hot wheels cars (or various pieces from their hot wheels). Random paper clips. Twigs, small sticks, rocks. As long as it would fit into that pocket then in it went. image of shells bottom of the washer such bizarre things to be found image of Nerf bullets bottom of the washer such bizarre things to be found   Boys and girls were equally guilty of the next phase. Once they hit middle school their school ID cards became an item that regularly was retrieved from the bottom of the washer. Driver permits followed closely by driver licenses at age 16 provided two new pieces of ID to be washed and dried on a regular basis. image of driver license the bottom of the washer such bizarre things to be found Now we are retired and I’m only doing laundry for The Husband and I. The occasions of “stuff” going through the laundry are much less frequent.  It still happens though. The difference now is instead of Nerf bullets, I find spent shell casings from the last time he went target shooting. There is more spare change and less random paper clips. And to his credit, I haven’t found a single creepy crawlie creature (real or fake)! Just like the boys when they were little, The Husband has the cleanest pocket knife on the block. It goes through the laundry on an average of twice a month.

I Admit It, I’m Guilty Too!

I admit to “forgetting” to check my own pockets occasionally. The minute I open the dryer and see white flecks on everything I know immediately that, once again, I forgot to remove the Kleenex from my pockets and it has now shredded over an entire load of laundry. This generally necessitates re-washing and re-drying the entire load. Apparently emptying pockets is something that improves slightly as adults but we’re not exempt from “forgetting.”

My Gratitudes For Today

1 – Air travel that gets us from point A to point B rapidly. Although I’m not a huge fan of flying, I do appreciate the ability to get from Phoenix, AZ to Spokane, WA in a little over 2 hours!

2 – I’m incredibly grateful for the wonderful week we had in WA with our family.

3 – I’m grateful for good friends. Always ready to lend a hand, an ear, a shoulder! They’re the best.

4 – Electric Wine Bottle Openers ! Seriously, have you tried them? No more fighting with openers that always seem to break the cork INSIDE the bottle!

5 – Puffs tissues! I’ve had a cold this week and have gone through copious amounts of tissues. Without the extra softness of Puffs my poor nose would have been so sore. Thanks to Puffs I’m actually doing pretty well. An added bonus? They went through the laundry without shredding all over everything!! Yes, I forgot to check my pockets! Miraculously, Puffs came out in one piece.

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    • Linda
    • March 3, 2017

    Try hearing aids! Scared me to death when I found one in the drum and one in a pocket after the wash. We were told to just open them up and they would dry and be fine. They were, thank goodness.

      • NoniKay
      • March 3, 2017

      Wow! That would have totally freaked me out. I had no idea that they could survive through something like that. So glad they still work. Replacing them wouldn’t be cheap!!


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