Pocket Hazards and Laundry

Maybe this is how the strange objects are getting in the washing machine.

Maybe this is how the strange objects are getting in the washing machine.

I have discovered a new and hazardous side of doing laundry for children. Aside from the monumental amounts of laundry parents of small children endure, we must not forget the importance of checking all of those tiny little pockets.

I’m not a fully trained parent yet and pocket checking is one of  my weak spots… I pretty much always forget. Which is why I am regularly forced to dig things out of the bottom of the washing machine and dryer.

Things I have found in either the washing machine, dryer, or both:

  • dissolved chalk (more than once)
  • a small plastic horse missing a leg
  • beer bottle caps (I don’t know where they found these, I swear)
  • wood chips from the playground (handfuls)
  • sticks
  • stones
  • marbles
  • money (most likely mine)
  • a pull-up (probably stuck in pajama pants rather than a pocket)
  • plastic spoon
  • bits of kleenex (all the time)
  • a small child (I think he climbed in on his own)

You’d think I would have learned to go through their pockets by now. But seriously, those are some tiny pockets and I can barely get a finger in there. How on earth do they fill them with so much random crap?

What treasures have you found in the laundry?

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About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home. I love Mondays because I can return to the world of adults, go to the bathroom alone and have nearly uninterrupted conversations with others.
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10 Responses to Pocket Hazards and Laundry

  1. yourothermotherhere says:

    Kleenex is my worst one. I try to make it a habit to check all the pockets, but sometimes my mind is on other things. I love your list though!

  2. momtimes4 says:

    I always forget to check pockets!!! I have no idea why I forget to look. Have you ever found a crayon? It is messy and pretty much ruins everything with it.

  3. Kristen says:

    Kleenex (any tissue really) is horrible. Just horrible. It gets all over everything…ugh.

    My kids aren’t much of pocket stuffers – they stash it in all other parts of the house. But I definitely have to remind myself to check my husbands pockets. I forgot to on a couple of occasions, and discovered a lighter in the hot dryer. That kinda freaked me out a little…

  4. Tissue is the worst, but yesterday, courtesy of a Valentine’s Day party, I had bits of a heart eraser all through my dryer. Melted rubber stinks.

  5. A little stick of ski wax is the worst. If it makes it to the dryer, it melts all over everything. The worst part is that I can’t even blame it on the kids.

  6. Rita Russell says:

    I’d have to say red &/or black crayons take the cake – especially when they make it all the way to the dryer. Yep, it was really, really nasty when someone tossed whites into the dryer without looking. 😦

  7. I once washed a hamburger…

  8. I’ve never found a hamburger! I have found receipts, lip gloss, hair clips-all mine and my husband’s. My kids have not discovered their pockets are useful, apparently!

    One time I left a crayon in my jacket pocket and it melted in the dryer. Ewwww…

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