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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months ago (edited)

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

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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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months ago

It looks like it's pooping!

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#13

Laundry Time

Laundry Time

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ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months ago

This is where a dryer definitely comes in handy.

Bettye McKee
Community Member
4 months ago

Clean the lint filter several times during drying.

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AJu
Community Member
4 months ago

Not the precious TOILET PAPER??!

Emerald Joanna
Community Member
4 months ago

Who puts toilet paper on top of a fridge?!

Remi Flynne
Community Member
4 months ago

I store mine on top of my fridge in my utility room. They are out the way. One pack in the bathroom and one spare in the utility. Though I would think storing toilet paper near a top loading washing machine was the more daft idea.

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
4 months ago

Yup. 2020 for sure.

shona isabelle
Community Member
4 months ago

now you are running out of toilet paper good luck getting some more>:)

John-Paul Bitler
Community Member
4 months ago

Lol

Kelly Logan Gould
Community Member
4 months ago

And THAT is why we keep the fridge and the washer in separate rooms in America. :-)

Haunting Spirit
Community Member
4 months ago

That's why you should use a side loader

ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
4 months ago

Yikes!!

Mya Lugar
Community Member
3 months ago

Wash machine prob. clogged, my Grandma leaves kleenex in he pockets, same results.

Janice Boer
Community Member
2 months ago

total bummer

Elizabeth Butler
Community Member
3 months ago

And then you waited 3 weeks before you could get more

Isabella Vega
Community Member
3 months ago

How did you not notice?

Sara Mari
Community Member
3 months ago

Toilet paper. How apropos.

JJM
Community Member
3 months ago

Jolly good luck trying to clean that up!

backatya
Community Member
3 months ago

I hope this wasn't during the pandemic

Colleen Garland
Community Member
3 months ago

God bless ya honey...

Stannous Flouride
Community Member
3 months ago

It was a harbinger of the rest of this year.

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
3 months ago

I'd probably faint.....

Fran Stateler
Community Member
3 months ago

And don't forget the dryer sheet. Maybe two.

Kim Bush
Community Member
4 months ago

"Rolls"....how do multiple rolls fall in and you don't notice?

June Galloway
Community Member
4 months ago

Time for wine

Hilary Mol
Community Member
4 months ago

This happened every time I forgot to check my dad's pockets for tissue. Every. Time.

Demongrrrrl
Community Member
4 months ago

My mom always left used Kleenex in her pockets and forget to remove them. The result was always similar to this, though not quite as extreme.

Karen Clawson
Community Member
4 months ago

Must have been 2020!!

Melissa Smith-Bowles
Community Member
4 months ago

This exact same thing happened to me last week! It was a MESS

Jolee zzstu Abramson
Community Member
4 months ago

do you realize it was probably the first bad thing to happen to you in 2020?

Batwench
Community Member
4 months ago

Tip: close the lid!

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
4 months ago

not to worry. From experience this comes out after about 10 or so washes!

Kathryn Zimmerman
Community Member
4 months ago

Definitely an omen of 5he rest of 2020!

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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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months ago

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

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