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Re: Don't eat the meatballs! AKA: Stupid stuff you've done.
« Reply #1050 on: March 08, 2016, 06:40:40 AM »
Oh, the pen in the laundry.   I never check pockets.  I never leave stuff in my own pockets…I never check the pockets of my own clothes as they are dumped in the washer.  DH, since the dawn of time (over 30+ years ago), knows that I never have, do not, and never will check pockets.  In our household, it is the wearer’s responsibility.  So, what does he do but leave a ballpoint pen in a (military) uniform pocket. 

Things didn’t go south in the washing machine…..it was in the dryer.  One day I was looking for an item I knew had been recently laundered and couldn’t find; DH was being helpful with the laundry that day.  Sometime later, I had cause to put something in the trash can next to the dryer.  What is there, but several heavily stained items.  Then I looked in the dryer to see ink stains coating the interior, rendering it unusable.  The guilty party spent two hours on his knees on a concrete floor scouring the inside of the dryer.  Then a couple of weeks later, he did it again.  More ruined clothes.  You do the crime, you do the time.  Another two hours on his knees on a concrete floor scouring the inside of the dryer.  It never happened again.  BTW, a soft type liquid scouring cleaner did the trick on the interior of the dryer.  But the clothes were a total loss.

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« Reply #1051 on: March 08, 2016, 09:19:03 AM »
Oh, the pen in the laundry.   I never check pockets.  I never leave stuff in my own pockets…I never check the pockets of my own clothes as they are dumped in the washer.  DH, since the dawn of time (over 30+ years ago), knows that I never have, do not, and never will check pockets.  In our household, it is the wearer’s responsibility.  So, what does he do but leave a ballpoint pen in a (military) uniform pocket. 

Things didn’t go south in the washing machine…..it was in the dryer.  One day I was looking for an item I knew had been recently laundered and couldn’t find; DH was being helpful with the laundry that day.  Sometime later, I had cause to put something in the trash can next to the dryer.  What is there, but several heavily stained items.  Then I looked in the dryer to see ink stains coating the interior, rendering it unusable.  The guilty party spent two hours on his knees on a concrete floor scouring the inside of the dryer.  Then a couple of weeks later, he did it again.  More ruined clothes.  You do the crime, you do the time.  Another two hours on his knees on a concrete floor scouring the inside of the dryer.  It never happened again.  BTW, a soft type liquid scouring cleaner did the trick on the interior of the dryer.  But the clothes were a total loss.

30 years? I think this is a case of he won't change his behavior so for your own protection you need to change yours. Either each do your own laundry or just check everything before it is tossed in the washer. I don't like the first because it still leaves the dryer vulnerable. Rechecking pockets only adds three minutes to a load of shirts or slacks. I can do that rather than losing my favorite shirt.

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« Reply #1052 on: March 08, 2016, 09:25:26 AM »

30 years? I think this is a case of he won't change his behavior so for your own protection you need to change yours. Either each do your own laundry or just check everything before it is tossed in the washer. I don't like the first because it still leaves the dryer vulnerable. Rechecking pockets only adds three minutes to a load of shirts or slacks. I can do that rather than losing my favorite shirt.

Perhaps my timeline was not presented clearly.  Both incidents occurred nearly 30 years ago.  He changed his behavior.

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« Reply #1053 on: March 08, 2016, 04:05:21 PM »

30 years? I think this is a case of he won't change his behavior so for your own protection you need to change yours. Either each do your own laundry or just check everything before it is tossed in the washer. I don't like the first because it still leaves the dryer vulnerable. Rechecking pockets only adds three minutes to a load of shirts or slacks. I can do that rather than losing my favorite shirt.

Perhaps my timeline was not presented clearly.  Both incidents occurred nearly 30 years ago.  He changed his behavior.

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« Reply #1054 on: March 08, 2016, 11:18:10 PM »
DD #2 had a tiny bottle of purple glitter nailpolish in some pants pockets when she did laundry one time.  We ran the dryer for an hour, empty, while the nailpolish baked on so it wouldn't get on anything else....  She lost a lot of clothing that day...  She was, oh, 13 or 14.  Don't think it's happened since, and she's 29 now.
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« Reply #1055 on: March 08, 2016, 11:31:48 PM »
One of my exes learned from a moderately expensive lighter getting washed and destroyed to check his own pockets.  Another ex did not learn this lesson, nor the one with pens, nor the one with superglue, and thereafter I refused to wash his clothes with mine, so I never did his laundry again.

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« Reply #1056 on: March 08, 2016, 11:34:46 PM »
One of my kids (no idea who, but I'm guessing the toddler) had a red crayon in a pocket or something a few months ago.  Same as the others, not a problem in the washer, but a disaster in the dryer.  I looked online for all the techniques and managed to get it off some of the clothes, but there were a few things that I absolutely couldn't get it off.  I shrunk a new sweater of mine in the attempt.  Fortunately it hasn't happened again since, but then, it's only been a few months.  Honestly, though, I can't imagine trying to check all the pockets.  Five kids' worth of clothes is a lot.  I barely keep up on laundry as it is.  And all those tiny pockets... eek.  My saving grace is that most clothes for very small children simply don't have pockets.  By the time they're old enough to have pockets, mostly they seem to forget chapsticks and Squinkies in them, which usually show up when I'm transferring the clothes to the dryer and don't really seem to get much damaged in either.  I'll take an occasional fluke over checking every pocket every time.  Although my beloved dryer is rather pink inside now (the recommended techniques for getting the stain out of the dryer did *not* work in the slightest).
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« Reply #1057 on: March 09, 2016, 11:48:22 AM »
My son did that with a pack of gum.  Fine in the washer but it melted and stuck to everything in the dryer.  He lost a load of clothes and several hours attempting to remove all the gum from the inside of my dryer.

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« Reply #1058 on: March 09, 2016, 12:55:10 PM »
I'm pretty happy now to only have forgoten paper tissues every now and then, I'll take little bits of paper stuck to everything over the rest, but yeah, I should probably remember to check pockets before something like that happen..

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« Reply #1059 on: March 09, 2016, 01:23:15 PM »
I ran several yards of brand new denim fabric through the (brand new) washer and dryer several years ago.

I should have run it through the washing machine more than just the one time before sticking it in the dryer.

More than twelve years later, the inside of the drier is still slightly blue from the indigo dye...
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« Reply #1060 on: March 09, 2016, 02:35:43 PM »
I ran several yards of brand new denim fabric through the (brand new) washer and dryer several years ago.

I should have run it through the washing machine more than just the one time before sticking it in the dryer.

More than twelve years later, the inside of the drier is still slightly blue from the indigo dye...

My mom wears jeans daily - I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've seen her wear something else in the past decade - and her brand new car with tan leather seats now has a blue-ish tinge on the driver's seat.
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« Reply #1061 on: March 09, 2016, 10:32:40 PM »
One of my exes learned from a moderately expensive lighter getting washed and destroyed to check his own pockets.  Another ex did not learn this lesson, nor the one with pens, nor the one with superglue, and thereafter I refused to wash his clothes with mine, so I never did his laundry again.

I did that with my late husband back when the children were little, after he dumped laundry of his in with mine, forgetting that he'd left chapstick in a pair of pants.  He was of the school of thought that you check the pockets as you load them machine, where I am of the school where you unload your pockets before you taking the garment off and put it in the laundry basket.  In my load of laundry that particular day were 5 brand new polo shirts from Lands End. 

I never even got to wear them; I couldn't get all the wax out.  I tried every method I found, but nothing worked.  After that day, he did his own laundry until he died!  I think the worst part was he refused to apologize for the chapstick, and said it was my fault for not checking the pockets of the things HE put in the machine.   >:(
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« Reply #1062 on: March 10, 2016, 01:51:29 AM »
I tend to do the washing on our house, and I check the pockets as I load the machine.  The rule in our house is: anything I find in pockets I get to keep, I've made quite a bit of money off DH that way!

Never had any disasters, so far anyway!!

Had a couple of tops get chewed by the washing machine, but I use them for DIY/cleaning work/dyeing my hair now so no great loss.
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« Reply #1063 on: March 10, 2016, 05:19:18 AM »
One on me:  I had been sewing a yellow plushie before Christmas.  I'd wadded up my cut-off strings and when I was done with the project, launched them in the direction of the trash can.  The trash can in my bedroom (where I have my sewing machine set up) was next to my laundry bin.  I missed the trash can, apparently, and now the yellow strings are haunting my washer and dryer.

Last week, my boyfriend finally cracked and asked my why almost every week, I've had a yellow string stuck to some article of clothing.

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« Reply #1064 on: March 10, 2016, 08:19:27 AM »
I think the worst part was he refused to apologize for the chapstick, and said it was my fault for not checking the pockets of the things HE put in the machine.   >:(
Pretty early on in our relationship, I was doing laundry and BF had some dirty clothes at my place that I offered to wash with my stuff.  He 'checked' his pockets and tossed them in.  And his wallet came out the other end.  No major damage but we had to do a lot of drying out of stuff and get some new insurance slips and vehicle ownerships.  And at that point, he asked me to check his pockets, too, going forward.

I set him straight on that pretty quick; he was responsible for checking his own pockets.  And any damage done to the washer and dryer, if he didn't do a very good job.

The only time we've had an issue is when I grabbed some of his clothes off the 'wear again' chair and tossed them in without checking the pockets.  That one was my fault for not checking them or asking him to check them.  Now, I ask him if any of his 'wear again' stuff is ready for the laundry and get him to check the pockets.
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