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I never really had trouble with missing socks until our oldest child was born 7 years ago. Suddenly I had all these teeny tiny socks in the wash and they would end up getting lost or at least disappear in other pieces of laundry for long periods of time before being discovered.
It was very annoying.
Not only because I’m cheap and hate buying new socks all the time, but also because it was hard to find a matching pair of socks for my baby when I needed them! And when you are a sleep deprived mom, little things like losing socks seem even more frustrating than usual.
One day as I was doing our laundry and putting some other things into lingerie bags to be washed, I had a “light bulb” moment! Why not use a lingerie bag to keep my son’s little socks contained so that they could easily be found once they were washed? It was such an incredibly simple solution, but it’s become one of my favorite laundry tips ever!
Want to stop losing socks in the laundry? Here are a few tips!
- Use a lingerie bag that is fine mesh with small holes. I’ve discovered that bags with bigger holes make it easier for the clothing inside the bag to get snagged- especially if you also use the bag for delicate clothing too.
- Don’t stuff the bag full. This is common sense really, but if you stuff the bag full of socks, there isn’t going to be enough free space for them to move around and actually get clean. I tend to err on the side of caution and only fill the bag about 1/3 full.
- Use the lingerie bag when traveling, too. I get really tired of the kid’s socks floating all over the place in their suitcase when we travel. I’m not sure why it took me so long to think of it, but a couple of years ago I finally got smart and used the lingerie bag to contain their socks when we travel too. Works like a charm!