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Never lose a sock again with this genius laundry trick!

by Carla Ditzel, Mar 2018

The missing sock saga has been an issue in every household since humans have worn socks.  Fed up with my own single sock situation, I investigated probable causes—and discovered a laundry trick along the way. The Internet did not fail me on my quest for answers, with numerous (some humorous) ways of explaining why we always seem to start with a pair, but end up with a lonely sock. Here are just a few conspiracy theories: –

  • Perhaps one of the socks never actually made it to the laundry basket, or actually into the washing machine. Check that narrow gap between the wall and the washing machine. There must be at least one!
  • Maybe the dryer was hungry, and ate a sock, or two?
  • Is a naughty sock troll stealing your socks from the dryer? Try this handy laundry trick and put a stop to its thieving ways.

The web search just got weird. I ‘m no longer finding rational explanations, but completely (and literally) out-of-this-world ones—everything from “they slipped into another dimension” to “a rogue troll with an insatiable appetite ate them.” It was then that I realised the possibilities really are endless. But more important than the why, I wanted to know the how: How do I fix it?

The trick lies with a handy little tool you probably have in your sewing kit: safety pins. Stainless steel ones, to be exact. When you take your socks off, pin the little blighters together so they don’t get separated in the laundry (or unknowingly kicked under the bed). The pair will stay together in the wash and because the pin is stainless steel, it won’t rust. Voila!

The hungry dryer will be deterred from eating both socks as that’s simply not its style, and two perfectly matched socks will emerge clean, fluffy and unscathed. As an added safety measure, you should probably keep the socks pinned together until you’re ready to wear them.

Eaten by the dryer, or eaten by a troll—there are some things we’re just never meant to know. Whatever the case, I hope this safety pin trick helps keep your feet warm, and your sanity intact.