Why Do My Clothes Go Missing in My Washer?

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Depending on your busy schedule, laundry is one of our main chores to do for ourselves during the week. Not only can this chore be time consuming and frustrating when we do not have enough time in our day, but it can be even more aggravating when we lose our clothes. How many times have you put socks or other small garments in the washer/dryer and then not have been able to find them? Although some may think this is some magical power that the washer or dryer has, you can almost always get them back because they are simply just stuck inside a part of the machine.

One part that your garments can get stuck in is your agitator. The agitator is the large component in the middle of the washing machine that is responsible for moving the clothes through the water and detergent and is driven by the output shaft of the transmission. Your socks or small pieces of clothing can sometimes get wrapped up in this and stuck without you knowing. In some cases, you can remove the agitator from your machine and depending on the model this could be an easy or hard task.

Some older top loading machines include a tub overflow area for water. If you overload your machine, your socks or garments can go over the machine tub and get stuck inside the pump or go out with the waste water. In most cases you would have to get a maintenance person to come over and check the pump because it is not an easy do-it-yourself job.

The sliding seal or door gasket is also another place where your clothing can get caught in. The sliding seal is the rubber seal that helps keep the door shut. Most of the time, you can simply stick your hand in the crevices after the wash cycle and find your socks or other small garments in there that got stuck during this cycle. This happens often and is the reason a lot of things go missing.

Finally, check in your other pieces of clothing such as your pant leg or in another shirt that were in the same load. Sometimes small pieces of clothing can get stuck in one another and we may not even realize it. Big objects such as blankets, duvet covers or comforters tend to eat socks and other items up and you could possibly not realize it for months.

Before you go thinking that there is a thief in your machine, check all of these options. The easiest way to prevent your socks or small garments from going missing is to use a mesh bag that zips and keeps everything together. Depending on the factors such as volume of laundry, number of people in a household, and number of small garments in each load, make your life easier and buy one of these bags for yourself, that way your clothes will always stay with you.


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