One of life’s greatest mysteries is how so many socks can just disappear in the wash. Everyone will have experienced this at some point. You put a load of washing on, you take it out to dry and suddenly the five full pairs of socks you put it are now down to 3 full pairs, leaving two single socks.
If, like many other people, you find this situation extremely frustrating and want to stop your socks from going missing, take a look at the guidance below and you’ll soon start to notice the number of new sock shopping trips you have to go on are greatly reduced.
Keep Sock Pairs Together
This is a fail safe way of ensuring your sock pairs remain together throughout the entire time they are in your washing machine. You can attach them by using a range of different tools, such as safety pins or even an actual sock clip. If you don’t want to buy a ton of clips or pins, you can always just tie the tops of the socks together.
Steady As You Go
When you are taking clothes out of your laundry basket to wash them, make sure you keep the socks in the center of the pile. This will reduce the risk of dropping any on your way to the washing machine. You’d be surprised at the number of socks that never actually make it to the washing machine!
The same goes for when you are unloading the washing machine. Shake out every item to ensure a sock is not lodged somewhere it shouldn’t be. Take care when piling your laundry up to take back upstairs, as you may drop a sock or two on route. It’s also always best to pair the socks as soon as they are dry.
Count Your Pairs
This may sound tiresome but at least you will know that you aren’t going mad if one or two socks appears to be missing. If you know how many you put in the wash, upon counting again when the wash cycle is complete, if a few are missing, at least you will know that the socks must be there somewhere.
Buy In Bulk
This is an ingenious way of ensuring that you don’t have a ton of orphaned socks lying about your house, although it doesn’t necessarily stop you losing the socks in the first place. It will stop you from going crazy and blaming your washing machine for ‘eating your socks’ though.
Bulk buying the same kind of sock means that pairing them up doesn’t really matter. One sock will just be able to go with any of the other socks. If there are any sock orphans, you will just be able to pair them up with another.
Use A Garment Wash Bag
These are an excellent, although extremely simple invention. Not only does using them mean that your socks cannot possibly escape and be ‘eaten’ by the washing machine or find themselves lodged inside a duvet cover or pillowcase but it also means they will stay in a better condition for longer.
You can also wash all of your smaller, more delicate items in the bag too, along with the socks and it will ensure that you never ‘lose’ any knickers, socks or bras in the wash ever again.
James writes for Kitchen appliance store, The Wash House. When he isn’t blogging about kitchen appliances, he’s walking Indy in the park or learning to surf better than he currently does. Which isn’t very well.