Far too often, you take a load of laundry out of the dryer and find that one of your socks doesn’t have a match. Where’d the other one go? Socks can be a valuable asset to your wardrobe, and it can be annoying when they seem to suddenly disappear. Avoid losing your socks by taking steps to match individual pairs, separate them from other laundry, and keep track of what you do with them.
1.Matching Individual Pairs
Keep pairs matching through the washing process. Use safety pins, clothespins, or just roll each sock pair together to keep them from drifting apart. Secure socks to their matches from the moment you take them off until they’re out of the dryer. At that point, take the clip or pin off and roll them into each other.Keep a safety pin on one of the socks while you wear it so that later you can quickly pin it to its pair and throw it in the dirty laundry with ease.
2.Buy all the same socks so that every two socks match.
If you don’t mind having all of your socks look the same, this is a good option that simplifies the sock washing process. Having them all look the same might cramp your style, and it doesn’t necessarily prevent sock loss, but it will save you from a lot of mismatch frustration.
3.Match socks immediately after they’re removed from the dryer.
While this isn’t a sure solution, it’s probably the easiest habit to get into to keep your socks from wandering away. Before you fold and hang up your shirts, pants, and other large clothing items, sort through the socks and match them to their pairs.
4.Separating Socks from Other Clothing
Keep your socks in their own hamper. Have a second laundry basket dedicated to socks only. Bring both hampers to the washing machine when it’s time to wash a load and mix socks into the load one pair at a time.
5.Wash your socks in a load by themselves.
Get into the habit of putting in a smaller load for nothing besides your socks. By isolating all of your socks while they’re being washed, you’ll limit the chances they have to get jumbled up with other clothing and disappear.
6.Wash all socks together in a washable mesh bag.
Throw all of your socks in a lingerie bag before tossing it into the washing machine with the rest of your clothing. Keep them in the bag when you move the clothes from the washer to the dryer.For extra organization, give a mesh bag to each family member.
Socks can get lost before they even get close to the washer or dryer. Make sure they go straight into the dirty hamper after use.
When it comes to broken washing machines, socks are one of the greatest causes of jammed up pumps. Use mesh lingerie bags to help avoid this problem.