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It seems to happen whenever we do laundry. We’re going to put on all the socks, only to find a few stragglers that are out of sight. What happened to the missing socks? He never went to the washing machine? Was he kidnapped by a sock monster? Is he lost for good?
There are countless potential offenders and danger zones. Children, pets, and confused roommates (ahem, partners) increase the risk of single sock exit, as well as traveling too far or too far for machines. Failing to take a couple extra seconds to look around while doing laundry can prove catastrophic for sock marital affairs.
I spoke with friends and colleagues to learn sock-saving tips, how to keep socks separate from their spouses, and to learn techniques to prevent sock loss. Most of these methods require some minor tweaks to the average laundry process. While no one strategy is foolproof, one of them will work for you if you have a strong mindset.
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Where do all the same socks go?
First, let’s look at the list of where we lost personal socks.
- They are trapped inside clothes and shoes: Socks are packed into shoes and tucked into the pants legs, especially in tight clothing such as leggings.
- They are spread out in or around the bed: Single socks often end up collecting dust rabbits on sheets or blankets or under the bed, especially if you heat your feet at midnight.
- He missed the hurdle: Socks like to hide next to a hamper, deep behind it or underneath you.
- They were lost in the laundry room or during a trip: The Lone Socks jump ship at the first transfer point on laundry day. Even if they make it in the laundry basket, they may fall along the way. If you wash your clothes in a public laundromat, there are many more escape routes, such as elevators, sidewalks, and cars.
- They are stuck in or around the washer or dryer: During the washing process, the socks abandon their matches – sometimes lying helplessly on the floor beside the machines. Frequently, they are fixed to the washing machine or tucked into the dryer drum.
- They are trapped inside other clean laundry: Here are the big offender sheets fitted.
- They became your pet’s toy: Some dogs really like to wear socks when there are lots of plastic bones and squeak around.
And these are not all places to look. Single socks end up inside gym bags and under couches and radiators. Got kids? They play outdoors in toy bins, backpacks and practically anywhere.
How to avoid losing just one sock
Here are six strategies to protect personal socks from being lost.
Strategy 1: Put the sock pairs together
The goal here is to make sure ugly couples always get together. Never toss in a sock – this is a recipe for failure.
You can secure socks with a safety pin or clip or roll them around before throwing them into the dirty clothes bin. This method is effective but will take longer if you need to unwind or unwind the firebox before going to the washer and dryer.
You can also follow my father’s strategy, which prevents the loss of single socks from at least the 1980s. They use “sock locks,” plastic-ring doodads that are machine-safe and fasten the socks in the washer and dryer. After my dad removed his dirty socks, he slid the pair through a plastic ring and tossed them into the hamper. The “sock lock” lasts throughout the entire laundry cycle and the clean pair ends up back in his drawer – all without being insulated or separated.
Strategy 2: Separate socks from other laundry
Single socks can be trapped in clothing and bed before, during, or after the laundry process. One way to avoid this is to always keep your socks separate from other things. Some people just keep a second hamper or laundry bag for socks.
Here’s what I do: In addition to socks, I separate the small items like underwear and washable before throwing them in the wash and making sure they’re all in the dryer. Loading these small items independently can prevent socks from getting stuck in large objects such as sheets and pillows.
Strategy 3: Keep the socks individually and in a mesh bag
With this method, the socks are washed and dried in a laundry net or mesh bag (usually used for underwear or snoring). If you are already separating the lamps from the darkness before you wash, separating your socks and underwear should be relatively painless.
Strategy 4: Manage the sock orphanage
Whenever you find a single sock, put it aside in a bag, box or separate drawer. That way, if its partners appear on the next load of laundry, they can reunite. Socks can take months to reconcile, so check periodically. Some long-time lonely are a dust rag, shoe buffer or hand puppet (for CNET’s Scott Stein, it’s a travel occasion)
Strategy 5: Buy multiple pairs of the same style and color of socks
If you have resigned to the fact that socks are lost, buy the same or similar so that the singles always match. The downside is that if all your socks are the same, your feet will be a little less interesting.
Strategy 6: Accept the mess of mismatched socks
If lost socks are inevitable in your home no matter what you do, be a troll. First, start pairing socks that are slightly equal. Then believe in the courage of conflict. You will soon learn to accept that some socks were never cut for monogamy in the first place.
For more tips, here’s how to do it, And .