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Laundry tip: how to reduce “orphan sock syndrome”

posted by Sarah on April 5, 2013 | print article | e-mail to a friend
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  • Tara @ Feels Like Home

    I do the same thing. It works like a charm, and I’ve never had a problem with a sock clogging up the drain in my washer, either. (I know someone who had to have a repairman come out and dig the lonely sock out of the pump of her upright machine!)

  • Jrseygirl in VA

    Unfortunately this would not work for me as my daughter takes her sock off all over the house. And never takes both off at the same time! I just buy as many socks I can at consignment sales and as they get lost I pair 2 similar colored socks together. My daughter could care less at 4 so I am hoping as she gets older she will care more about her things.

  • sbash45

    seriously? you can get your kids to throw both socks into the mesh bag EVERY time they take socks off? you have more than a good tip, you have a miracle! love the idea in theory but in reality with 5 kids and a husband, this is just a dream.

  • SarahButtonedUp

    Well – I have 2 kids, which makes it much, much easier than 5!! I hang the mesh bag on the bathroom door. Then, when we go upstairs after dinner to take a bath, I am standing there. I ask them “where do your socks go?” as they are getting undressed and then when they put them in the bag, I give them a high five. So I’m doubling down on the positive reinforcement so they just get into the HABIT. 🙂

  • SarahButtonedUp

    Little Missmatched might be a good option for your daughter! 🙂

  • SarahButtonedUp

    Ew on the drain clog! One more reason to love the idea. Glad to hear it’s working for you too.

  • ltn224

    I use safety pins to keep pairs together

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