There’s virtually no household that hasn't experienced laundry gone wrong. In a classic scenario, a family member puts your beloved cashmere jumper from a fancy Parisian boutique you could never afford on your own on a spin of death and it shrinks just like your dreams of putting it on ever again. You try to stretch the fabric until it tears away and this is a farewell you knew was comin’.

In reality, laundry fails are so common, I am wondering how come they’re still not included in the Olympic games... right next to the wine glass breaking race.

Bored Panda has compiled a list full of hand-selected (you bet!) laundry fails that is basically a low-key guide on how not to murder your clothes in what seems like a hundred different ways.

#1

Just Some Regular Rubber Gloves Washing Accidentally Opened The Gate Of Hell

Just Some Regular Rubber Gloves Washing Accidentally Opened The Gate Of Hell

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

The 2020 hell isn't over yet

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#2

It's A French Sweater Anyway

It's A French Sweater Anyway

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Little Wonder
Community Member
1 month ago

Weirdly, the buttons shrank as well...

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#3

The Many Stages In My Sweater's Life

The Many Stages In My Sweater's Life

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Ellen Townsend
Community Member
1 month ago

I kind of made you look Star Trekkie.

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Laundry is one heck of a stressful business. It’s a wheel of fortune: you pour some soap, set the temp, and hope for the best. The problem is, usually, luck is not on our side.

With your favorite cardigan and jeans shrunk so that they wouldn’t fit a Barbie doll, you have now become an inaugurated participant in adult world problems. But bear with me, there are some things you may wanna try and do to unshrink your teeny tiny clothes.

#4

They Look Dry Enough

They Look Dry Enough

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Josurf
Community Member
1 month ago

Programs : iron dry, cupboard dry, totally dehydrated, crisp,...

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#5

I Shrunk My GF's Favourite Sweater, But Her Loss Is Oak's Gain

I Shrunk My GF's Favourite Sweater, But Her Loss Is Oak's Gain

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 month ago

The dog looks nice in it but doesn't seem to appreciate it that much.

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#6

Turns Out Washing Machines Do Eat Socks, But There Were More Surprising Things That We Found

Turns Out Washing Machines Do Eat Socks, But There Were More Surprising Things That We Found

Today, my husband got tired of fooling with one of the washing machines that was just not working properly and decided to take it apart, starting with the bottom panel. To his shock, this is what he found... Socks, underwear, a credit card… and that is just what was in the bottom of the machine. When he removed the water pump that removes the water from the machine, he found about $7.00 in change.

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ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
1 month ago

So the sock monster lives in commercial washers. Noted!

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Reader’s Digest suggests placing your article of clothing in a bowl, filling it with lukewarm water, and adding two tablespoons of gentle shampoo or conditioner. Let it soak for half an hour, decide whether you want to rinse it or leave it on (either way may work), and place your clothing flat on a towel.

Roll it up so that it remains damp and not soaking wet. Then, unroll the garment, lay it flat to dry, and pin the edges of the garment. At this point, all you need is time and patience. After the garment is finally dry, it should be wearable again.

If you fellow Pandas have any other ideas or tricks to unshrink your clothes, feel free to share them in the comments!

#7

Sorry For Your Loss Meredith, We Kind Of Shrunk Your Favorite Sweater, But Ella Loves Her New Sweater

Sorry For Your Loss Meredith, We Kind Of Shrunk Your Favorite Sweater, But Ella Loves Her New Sweater

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ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
1 month ago

Ella looks adorable.

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#8

You Did Not Do Well

You Did Not Do Well

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

How does that even happen and why would you just stand there and take a photo?

Remi Flynne
Community Member
1 month ago

Plenty of models under recall because of risk of fire. Whirlpool, Hopoint, Indesit and Creda to na,e a few are all manufacturers who have had to issue recalls. If people don't clean out the lint this can happen. Though I would be getting the fire extinguisher personally.

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Izzy_
Community Member
1 month ago

and this is why humanity is doomed. People would rather take a picture of a fire first before putting it out. I can't! Smh

JessG
Community Member
1 month ago

Why don't people clean out the lint for every wash?? Should be habitual

Downunderdude
Community Member
1 month ago

Clean the lint filter, people! My next door burnt her house down because she didn't.

Flare
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, ok.

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

If you been working with solvents and gotten them on your clithes, this can be the result.

Johnny
Community Member
1 month ago

Use less gasoline -- front loaders only need a cup or less, not the gallon you used to need for top loaders.

Randomcthulu
Community Member
1 month ago

I moved into an apartment in a college town and the lint trap on the dryer was so full I almost couldn't get it out of the machine. Peeled off a layer over a half an inch thick, then had to scrub it in the kitchen sink with super hot water and a scrub brush because the mesh was jammed full of lint. I was amazed that the prep crew for the rental company didn't check things like that.

Alicia Stock
Community Member
1 month ago

People, this is why you clean out your dryer lint.

Felicity Lemon
Community Member
1 month ago

Thanks for explaining why the fire can happen. I didn't know why. Thanks again

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Terrence Chaplin
Community Member
1 month ago

Who the fuck would have the time during a raging house ending blaze for a picture??.ill people!!

Pepper Pots
Community Member
1 month ago

LMAO, Im sorry for laughing, but how??

N G
Community Member
1 month ago

Unless you regularly remove fluth from the filter, it will eventually start a fire!

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Eva the Ravenclaw Bookworm📚💖
Community Member
1 month ago

2020 as a washing machine.

Snuggle_Duck🦆
Community Member
1 month ago

Hmmm do we just not put fires out or Atleast attempt to anymore?

Mike Rodrick
Community Member
1 month ago

Who needs a dryer when you have a fire?

Hodor! Hodor?
Community Member
1 month ago

You have a fire in your house and the first thing you think of is to take a picture of it! Wtf is the world coming to? Probably so you can post it on Facebook or something equally as sad

Isabella Vega
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone needs to teach you laundry

Anamaria Mazer de Toledo
Community Member
1 month ago

You're not supposed to preheat It !

Sue Sanders
Community Member
1 month ago

I've heard that clothes dryers are among the top fire hazards, followed in no particular order by electric blankets, dishwashers - oh, Google it. You may be glad you did.

Kim Bush
Community Member
1 month ago

If it was their first time doing the laundry maybe the damage to the machine was already done (maybe) But have some damn sense and put the phone down and pick up a fire extinguisher! More evidence that the upcoming generation is dooming the planet.

Steven Essex
Community Member
1 month ago

38 years old, and I have NEVER seen anything like that before this.

James F. Wilson Jr.
Community Member
1 month ago

"Tom ,The book says :Do not go beyond HI ".

Bettye McKee
Community Member
1 month ago

If you use dryer sheets, they leave a build-up on the lint filter such that they will hold water. You have to clean the lint filter with soap and water to remove it. If it holds water, it also means that air cannot circulate through it.

Bettye McKee
Community Member
1 month ago

Well, look on the bright side. You'll never to wash that laundry again.

Jayme Lowit
Community Member
1 month ago

I would say I'm bad at laundry but wow

Gracie Hollan
Community Member
1 month ago

omg

ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like a lighter ended up in the dryer.

Joakim Utterhall
Community Member
1 month ago

Can they actually catch on fire?

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#9

These Six Socks Were Washed Together, One Shrunk

These Six Socks Were Washed Together, One Shrunk

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

Honey!! I shrunk the sock!!

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#10

My Pillow Said "Washing Machine And Dryer Safe." I Open Up My Dryer To This

My Pillow Said "Washing Machine And Dryer Safe." I Open Up My Dryer To This

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 month ago

Lesson learned - never trust suspicious messages!

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#11

Washed My Favourite Jumper

Washed My Favourite Jumper

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Jill
Community Member
1 month ago

Ive done this and was absolutely gutted..-it was my favorite sweater. Now it is my favorite very tiny sweater.

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#12

Accidentally Washed My Wallet And This Dog Appeared

Accidentally Washed My Wallet And This Dog Appeared

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks like it's pooping!

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#13

Laundry Time

Laundry Time

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ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
1 month ago

The laundry version of Twister.

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#14

I Washed The "Antistress" Pillow

I Washed The "Antistress" Pillow

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Doggo Georgia
Community Member
1 month ago

Should be called a gives you stress pillow. *cue tv advert voice* "Gives you stress annndd makes a mess! Try the stress giving pillow today, OR gift it to someone who 'doesn't have enough problems'! Put it in the dryer, makes a fire! Put in the wash, goes kaposh! Neglect it all the time, give it dirt and grime! Order your stress giving pillow today for a super large amount so you can waste money too!"

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#15

So My Washing Machine Took A Little Walk

So My Washing Machine Took A Little Walk

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Madison Feehan
Community Member
1 month ago

*Explanation* If you're doing your laundry (most likely bedding) the sheets can get stuck together in a ball, causing the washing machine to start "walking" away as it spins around the lump of sheets from one side to the other.

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#16

Accidentally Shrunk My Sweater While Doing Laundry

Accidentally Shrunk My Sweater While Doing Laundry

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 month ago

dog is not impressed

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#17

So, I Came Back To Check On My Laundry

So, I Came Back To Check On My Laundry

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

What did you wash....a bloody elephant?

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#18

Accidentally Put My Wool Hat In The Washing Machine. Label Said Hand Wash Cold

Accidentally Put My Wool Hat In The Washing Machine. Label Said Hand Wash Cold

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 month ago

Enjoy the little things in life they say.

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#19

I Accidentally Put My Leather Gloves In The Washing Machine

I Accidentally Put My Leather Gloves In The Washing Machine

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Steve Lor
Community Member
1 month ago

"Take my strong hand"

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#20

Today Is A Pink Day

Today Is A Pink Day

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Izzy_
Community Member
1 month ago

"On Fridays we wear pink" (sorry! Couldn't help it)

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#21

Apparently Sometimes "Dry Clean Only" Really Does Mean Dry Clean Only

Apparently Sometimes "Dry Clean Only" Really Does Mean Dry Clean Only

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Soggy Crumpet
Community Member
1 month ago

You look amazing in the before picture though

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#22

I Feel Guilty For Murdering This Turtleneck

I Feel Guilty For Murdering This Turtleneck

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Doggo Georgia
Community Member
1 month ago

The only thing that can wear that now is a stick! 🤣

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#23

"I Got A New Sweater Today Because Mom Sucks At Doing Laundry"

"I Got A New Sweater Today Because Mom Sucks At Doing Laundry"

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Doggo Georgia
Community Member
1 month ago

Such a cute dog! And that looks like a real nice fleece sweater, sorry for your loss ☹️. Then again, puppy's gain.

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#24

You Would Think They Would Make These Things Waterproof

You Would Think They Would Make These Things Waterproof

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Doggo Georgia
Community Member
1 month ago

What if you're on a ship internationally, and drop it in the water?

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#25

Mom Lesson Of The Day: Check The Pockets Before Doing The Laundry

Mom Lesson Of The Day: Check The Pockets Before Doing The Laundry

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Soggy Crumpet
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I have done this!! What a massive stresser! Had to call someone out to deep clean the drum and sealer parts. Repair man said it’s actually super common. (Just not common to me!)

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#26

You Think You’ve Raised Them To Be Rational Human Beings, And Then You Come Around The Corner And You See This

You Think You’ve Raised Them To Be Rational Human Beings, And Then You Come Around The Corner And You See This

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Natalie Bohrteller
Community Member
1 month ago

Technically this is really clever. Technically.

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#27

Did The First Load Of Laundry Of The Decade. 2 Rolls Of Toilet Paper Fell Off The Top Of The Fridge And Into The Washing Machine Without Me Noticing

Did The First Load Of Laundry Of The Decade. 2 Rolls Of Toilet Paper Fell Off The Top Of The Fridge And Into The Washing Machine Without Me Noticing

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

This is where a dryer definitely comes in handy.

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#28

Accidentally Chucked My 2-Year-Old's Lovely Hand-Knitted Dress In The Wash And It Came Out Felted, Newborn Size

Accidentally Chucked My 2-Year-Old's Lovely Hand-Knitted Dress In The Wash And It Came Out Felted, Newborn Size

After hearing me exclaim "Noooo!", my 4-year-old son came running into the laundry to find out what had happened. He was quick to console me by reminding me that I will soon have a newborn to put it on. What a sweetie.

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AnaV.
Community Member
1 month ago

It was also an opportunity to know how sweet and caring your kid is ;)

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#29

My Husband Washed His Jeans Today... With A Few Red Car Rags

My Husband Washed His Jeans Today... With A Few Red Car Rags

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Eirik Johnsbråten
Community Member
1 month ago

That's an amazing colour!

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#30

Nothing Like Pulling Out A Warm Pillow Out Of The Dryer Right Before Bedtime

Nothing Like Pulling Out A Warm Pillow Out Of The Dryer Right Before Bedtime

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Chuckie
Community Member
1 month ago

Since i saw how they unpluck those poor geese/ducks, i swore to never use anything with feathers inside.

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#31

And This Is Why You Let Your Wife Do Your Laundry And You Do Not Wash 100% Wool Sweaters In Hot Water. I Promise I Could Fit This Yesterday

And This Is Why You Let Your Wife Do Your Laundry And You Do Not Wash 100% Wool Sweaters In Hot Water. I Promise I Could Fit This Yesterday

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StinkyMonkey
Community Member
1 month ago

Lemme fix that for you: this is why you educate yourself before you do something you have no experience with.

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#32

I Washed Christophers Work Id And Made Him A Cyclops

I Washed Christophers Work Id And Made Him A Cyclops

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

That was one great ID!

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#33

I Accidentally Washed And Dried My $10 Bill And It Shrunk To A Quarter Of Its Normal Size

I Accidentally Washed And Dried My $10 Bill And It Shrunk To A Quarter Of Its Normal Size

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Pixie
Community Member
1 month ago

Thats one way to prevent money laundering...

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#34

When You Accidentally Put Your Gloves In The Wash

When You Accidentally Put Your Gloves In The Wash

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Sarah
Community Member
1 month ago

Now your lipsticks can get cosy, when they feel cold. And five of them at the same time. How practical!😄

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#35

Laundry Fail. One Of Sena’s Favorite Sweaters Is Hers No More

Laundry Fail. One Of Sena’s Favorite Sweaters Is Hers No More

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chaos kitten
Community Member
1 month ago

fav sweater for dolly or teddy now <3

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#36

My Friend's Laundry Machine Did This

My Friend's Laundry Machine Did This

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Joakim Utterhall
Community Member
1 month ago

No your friend did that

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#37

I Did Laundry. She Lost Her iPhone

I Did Laundry. She Lost Her iPhone

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Nikola Murphy
Community Member
1 month ago

My husband did this! We had a newborn and she spewed on our bed. He took the duvet cover off and put it in the wash. Turns out my phone had been on the bed...

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#38

Honey, I Shrunk My Sweater

Honey, I Shrunk My Sweater

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Doggo Georgia
Community Member
1 month ago

It's a good face mask tho

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#39

Because When Life Gives You Over Sudsy Laundry Problems And Your Kid Is Home On Chanukah Break You Just Have To Make The Best Of It

Because When Life Gives You Over Sudsy Laundry Problems And Your Kid Is Home On Chanukah Break You Just Have To Make The Best Of It

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ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
1 month ago

Wrong soap????

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#40

I Seem To Have Accidentally Shrunk Ed's New Outfit In The Wash

I Seem To Have Accidentally Shrunk Ed's New Outfit In The Wash

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Doggo Georgia
Community Member
1 month ago

Not if the cat's named Ed!

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#41

When You’re Having Monday Problems On A Tuesday. Now How In The Heck Am I Supposed To Clean This?

When You’re Having Monday Problems On A Tuesday. Now How In The Heck Am I Supposed To Clean This?

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Doggo Georgia
Community Member
1 month ago

The username fits her.

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#42

Really? Seriously This Is Inside Of My Washing Machine. How A Bag Of TJ's Pretzels Got Into My Hamper I Will Never Know

Really? Seriously This Is Inside Of My Washing Machine. How A Bag Of TJ's Pretzels Got Into My Hamper I Will Never Know

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Doggo Georgia
Community Member
1 month ago

Probably because someone stashed it to hide it from a food hogger or to save it for a later time.

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#43

When You Remember That Wool Shrinks In The Dryer

When You Remember That Wool Shrinks In The Dryer

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Doggo Georgia
Community Member
1 month ago

Cute dog!!

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#44

Farewell, Then, Beloved Jumper. In A Moment Of Distraction, You Were Bundled Into The Wash With Everything Else And Met Your Demise

Farewell, Then, Beloved Jumper. In A Moment Of Distraction, You Were Bundled Into The Wash With Everything Else And Met Your Demise

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Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
1 month ago

Perhaps reborn as boiled wool mittens? Can you sew?

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#45

Don’t Know How I Managed To Do This Today But Somehow I Did A Load Of Laundry With An Entire Box Of Kleenex In It

Don’t Know How I Managed To Do This Today But Somehow I Did A Load Of Laundry With An Entire Box Of Kleenex In It

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Brad Guyer
Community Member
1 month ago

Julienne Dryer!!! $599.99 + s&h

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#46

AirPods Were In The Pocket Of My Jacket

AirPods Were In The Pocket Of My Jacket

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ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
1 month ago

They are now waterpods.

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#47

Yay, Pull-Ups In The Washing Machine

Yay, Pull-Ups In The Washing Machine

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Alicia Stock
Community Member
1 month ago

Ohh noooo.

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#48

It Won't Give Back My Laundry

It Won't Give Back My Laundry

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Scagsy
Community Member
1 month ago

Those laundry thieves are clearly upping their game. They used to wait until it had being put out on the line. Now this.

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#49

Washing Machine Shook The Detergent Off

Washing Machine Shook The Detergent Off

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Lisa
Community Member
1 month ago

That's why it's not intended as a shelf. But seriously if it's a flat surface it works.

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#50

My Wool Sweater Shrunk In The Wash

My Wool Sweater Shrunk In The Wash

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ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
1 month ago

Went from adult size to infant size. Water temps are important.

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