Have you accidentally laundered odd or important things left in pockets?

United States
July 30, 2009 8:10am CST
Ack! Many times, if I neglect to check the pockets of others before putting clothes in the washer, I have found some really odd or important things that went through the wash or even the dryer: wallets, ink pens, crayons, small computer disks, screws and nails, etc. What things have you accidentally washed or dried when doing laundry? Karen
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@Jaxsky (196)
30 Jul 09
Money is a killer lol a few times I've fond soggy notes in the wash! Bad times!! I found a small watch battery the other day as well! No idea where that came from hahaha!
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• United States
31 Jul 09
Hi Jaxsky. I forgot to add money to my own list. Gives a whole new meaning to the term "laundering money," doesn't it? LOL. Odd to find the battery and not the watch lol. Happy day to you. Karen
@Jaxsky (196)
31 Jul 09
Haha I know, I honestly have no idea where the battery came from either! Seriously strange!!!
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• United States
15 Aug 09
That IS truly a mystery lol. I apologize for the late response. Hope you are having a nice weekend. We've had such a chilly summer here, but yesterday and today are very hot! Karen
• India
14 Aug 09
Hello my friend PeacefulWmn9 Ji, It has many times happened, when my important documents lioke Permanent license/Identity cards etc were left and washed as well. I had tough time to procure them from authorities. May God bless You and have a great time.
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• United States
15 Aug 09
Good day to you my friend. Ack! Yes, it is hard when we've laundered the official documents...so much time and explaining sometimes to get them replaced! Hope your weekend is relaxed and enjoyable. Karen
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• India
18 Aug 09
Hello my friend PeacefulWmn9 Ji, So nice of you for your acknowledgement and wishing a lovely week-end. It went very well with restricted outing. Our outing is limited to locality strolling. But it rained heavily. May God bless you and have a graet time.
@mikeysmom (2094)
• United States
31 Jul 09
yes. money. both change and paper money. lighters, pens, lottery tickets and now that i have a son i am sure the list will grow as he starts putting more and more things in is pockets. i really have to get into the habit of checking them before i do the wash from now on.
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• United States
31 Jul 09
Hi :) Paper items get into the laundry a lot, and it's the ones that fall to pieces and get on everything that are the worst! I'm sure you'll find many things, as you've said, from your son's pockets. Hopefully not a frog or a worm or such lol. It happens! Karen
@yogambal_64 (1016)
• India
31 Jul 09
Yes, I have many times accidentally put many things like pens, hair clips put in the pocket of skirts, bills, and even coins and notes many a times. This is because I do not check the laundry before putting in the washer many times.
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• United States
31 Jul 09
Hi Yoga...money is a big one here I see, and yes, I've washed many pens. They do not survive the dryer though, if they get in there. Ack! Ink gets on everything! I hope you have a good day. Karen
• China
31 Jul 09
Karen,I have left the mobile in the pocket..So bad...It would not work any more... And some money,some paper... I had left the Kiston U disk in the pocket..But it is so good luck,it is same as before...^0^
• United States
31 Jul 09
Hello to you. Yes, phones and water just do not mix. I've had friends do the same. Money does okay, and hey, maybe the washing did your disk some good :) I'm glad that it still works! Karen
@nitu1952 (286)
• India
31 Jul 09
ya once during the exams i have put my rollno. card im my pocket. and i forgot to tyake it out of my pocket. and it has been sent to laundary. after sometimes i remember the rollno. then i feel to regret for nor understanding the responsibilty.after this i have never repeated this mistake.
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• United States
31 Jul 09
Hello Nitu. I'm sorry about the card. But as you pointed out, you have not forgotten to check your pockets since that, so perhaps a thing like that will never happen to you again. Have a blessed day :) Karen
@dpk262006 (54032)
• Delhi, India
31 Jul 09
Hi Karen! First of all HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS on crossing 1000 posts mark. I am a absent minded person Have a nice day! Deepak
• United States
31 Jul 09
Thank you, Deepak :) It is a milestone, yes? Bless your wife for emptying your pockets. I sometimes checked but not always and have washed some astonishing things not meant for the laundry lol. Happy day! Karen
@savypat (20248)
• United States
30 Jul 09
I did this and ruined a beautiful valuable old pocket watch, there was no way to save anything except the case, Hubby never really forgave me on that one. And I don't blame him.
• United States
31 Jul 09
Aww, that had to be a rough one, Pat. Watches seldom do survive the laundry, but it does happen. I am sure he will forgive you one day, but I know you must have felt awful about that. Hugs. Karen
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
30 Jul 09
Yup! And you already know about the most important one! I hate it when I leave unimportant things like paper towels in a pocket! Bits of paper everywhere, lol!
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• United States
31 Jul 09
Hi Canellita...yes, your watch! LOL. You're right about papers, especially a Kleenex. All over everything! It's worse in a dark load lol. Have a wonderful day. Karen
@voldrox (7205)
• India
30 Jul 09
hi i have done that and i had money in the pocket when i washed my clothes, they turn out rough and kinda rigid...lol... currency notes are one of the dirtiest things in the world being passed on from hand to hand, and it so odd to wash them by accident ...lol
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• United States
31 Jul 09
Hi Voldrox...yes, money has to be one of the dirtiest things, so the occasional wash doesn't hurt lol. Thank you for responding and have a lovely day Karen
• Philippines
30 Jul 09
Paper bills! I'd find them too soggy that I fear I might tear them while spreading them out to dry. I don't usually check the pockets of my husband's pants before putting them in the washer that is why sometimes things that need no washing would get washed along with the clothes.
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• United States
31 Jul 09
Hello Blungel. The bills DO get quite soggy, yes? But they almost always dry without ripping, thank goodness. Not so tissues. They fall apart and get all over everything in the wash! Karen
@meapas (2435)
• India
30 Jul 09
Money. Generally when I change my pants I remove the money. I never had the habit of keeping it in the wallet. Once I forgot and left for the office. We had a help who does all this washings. Actually I thought I lost somewhere but next day my help came and gave it to me saying she had found this in the pocket. Some luck that is. She always checks all the pockets before getting down to the work.
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• United States
31 Jul 09
Hi Meapas...yes, money is a common thing to find in the wash. We had a rule about that when my kids were all still home: finders/keepers lol. Nice that your help gave it back to you :) Karen
@maximax8 (27048)
30 Jul 09
Yesterday I found my glasses case had been washed with my clothing. Luckily it is still alright and in fact it looks as good as new. It was in my bed when my baby was sick on it. I must have put the sheets and duvet cover in my washing machine and not noticed my glasses case.
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• United States
31 Jul 09
LOL Maximax. Well now you know the case can be laundered. So cute! I hope your baby is better now or that is was just a routine "spit-up" thing. Have a great day. Karen