Not Just ROCKS In My Dryer…

…but this morning, there was also this:


Relax girls, it’s a toy.  But for the first 1.8 seconds I saw it, I didn’t realize that, and my heart pounded so far out of my chest that it should count for a cardio workout. 

Episodes like this could be avoided if I were a better pre-laundry pocket checker.  But DO YOU KNOW how scary it is to stick your hand blindly into the pocket of jeans worn three days ago by a six-year-old boy?  It’s like those Discovery Channel expeditions where someone has to be the first to go down into the unmapped cave, wondering whether they’ll be met by some mythic prehistoric beast.

Laundry requires courage, my friends.  Courage.

65 thoughts on “Not Just ROCKS In My Dryer…

  1. Linda says:

    Hee hee….Funny you should mention finding things in the DRYER because I found a SHOE last night! Hubby had dumped his clothes in the washing machine and didn’t see the shoe in his basket, I guess?
    I also picked up a snake like that in my kitchen last night. My daughter has a large collection.

  2. kg says:

    seriously. not. okay. i am a self admitted terrible pre-laundry-checker. i have two boys and a girl. 11,6 and 4 in order. i would need therapy if i found that snake in my dryer. i dread halloween each year, just because i know i will find all the plastic spider rings they got off their cupcakes at the class parties. i know it’s coming each year. i should schedule my therapy now i suppose.

  3. Ashlee says:

    Too funny! I probably would still be lying in the floor (scared stiff) if I would have found that thing in my dryer! I am terrified of snakes!

  4. Melissa Markham says:

    I have had a couple of those go through my dryer too:) You just never know what treasures will turn up…coins, chapstick, dollars (rarely), play phones, pokemon cards…these are just some of the things that have gone through the wash.
    I refuse to clean out pockets! I have enough to do in my life without you!

  5. Diana says:

    My favorite part of the picture is the “whites” in with the “darks”…at some point it just really doesn’t matter anymore does it!
    By the way, I really enjoy your blog, it brings a smile to my face every day.

  6. Jenni says:

    ROTFL!! I’d much rather find even a REAL snake in my dryer than the exploded remains of a disposable diaper…

  7. Lora Lynn says:

    speaking of rocks in the dryer, i have them. some child left a whole bunch of pebbles in his pockets. and just as soon as i think i’ve got all of them out, i’ll hear a few more clinking around in there. i think of you every time.

  8. Tricia says:

    I grabbed a handful of dirty towels from the basket to drop into the machine, only to notice that mere INCHES from my had was a TARANTULLA, and most definitely NOT one of the toy variety.
    I think the scream was heard by those on the Space Station.
    I now have the boys separate the laundry under my close observation.
    Not only does laundry take courage, but so does living in TX!

  9. Nikke Pinon says:

    LOL…My six year old had a plastic bug in his pocket that fell out when I was pulling it out of the dryer and I did the same thing…. quick panic and then….phew, it’s only fake!
    I am terrible about checking pockets too before throwing it in the washer!

  10. Kathy says:

    My 6 year old grandson is never without something creepy crawly in his hands or in a pocket…snakes, frogs, bugs. I’m sure my daughter has experienced the same thing at least once or twice. Gotta love those boys!

  11. kelly says:

    At the risk of sounding like a cruel mother, I’ll preface this by saying that I do 90% of all the housework in this house including cooking,cleaning, ironing, lawn-mowing, etc. I did teach my kids to do those things so they could be sort of a decent spouse one day, and since they are 20 and 25 maybe within the next 10 years or so, but when they were small I FLATLY REFUSED TO EMPTY POCKETS OR TURN NASTY SOCKS RIGHT SIDE OUT. Not only that, I charged them 25 cents for every time I found something in a pocket or turned a sock around. With their meager pocketbooks, they learned quick to empty their pockets. What started it was a green crayon in the pocket of my 2 year old daughters shorts which got washed AND dried with her pink frilly fluffy bedspread. ‘Nuff said.

  12. Judy S. says:

    Late last summer I went into our laundry room to tackle the pile for the day. I opened the cupboard where the laundry soap is kept and screamed so loud that my son upstairs heard me. Sitting on the shelf was a stuffed squirrel. And I don’t mean a cute stuffed animal variety. It was a taxidermied squirrel. You know — the once alive, the someone decided to “preserve” it kind. Creepy. It was left by some “sweet” friends that are in our Bible study and I knew that right away. After I screamed because of fright, I screamed her name! We are in a practical joke war. Don’t worry, we got them back…although after I found a walnut in my coat pocket after church, it may be their turn now….

  13. Shelley Hale says:

    That is so funny!!! I found a yellow one wrapped up in my six-year old daughter’s coat yesterday. She was trying to scare me because she knows I am TERRIFIED of snakes. Needless to say, I am not a great country girl, but I am learning. Kids are so cute! Lainey got a great laugh out of me jumping six feet high in the air!

  14. Alice says:

    Last week we found a diaper that had gotten in to the washer…it then exploded due to the amount of water it absorbed. There was all these little gel beads coating the washer and the clothes. Two blessings…the diaper was CLEAN at the time (the toddler had been into the package and distributed them around the house, I didn’t catch the one in the hamper). And my husband came up with the brilliant idea of vacuuming the clothes and the washer out…worked great.

  15. Veggiemomof2 says:

    I can beat that! Twice in past 6 months, I’ve found a live one in my LR floor. The 1st time, I almost had a heart attack because it was on the move when I saw it. (About same size as the one pictured) The 2nd time, my DH saw it, but I was still NOT happy about it!

  16. Barbara H. says:

    I have three boys — I know what you mean about pockets. You just never know what you’ll be sticking your hand into. But I’ve had enough shredded tissues dispersed through the wash that I do check them. I just check the front ones, though (mainly because of tissues) — they’re responsible for the back pockets and the 47 pockets on cargo pants.

  17. swirlingnotions says:

    Oh my gosh, I’m laughing so hard I’m going to pee my pants . . . and then I’ll have to stick THOSE in the wash!
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  18. Shalee says:

    Yeah. I don’t check either. And I’m not gonna. They can make me do the laundry, but they can’t make me check the pockets.
    And for that, I’ll gladly clean up all those little pieces of washed tissues.

  19. Jeanette from Texas says:

    I don’t check pockets. The rule here is if it made it into the laundry basket the owner has checked the pockets. I don’t pick up clothes off the floor either. They have to do it and check them. Last year my duaghter washed her cell phone. That was an expensive lesson for her. Now all her pockets are checked everytime!

  20. litabug says:

    🙂 Can’t wait to see what kind of treats my son leaves for me when he’s older.
    My husband started emptying his pockets without prompting after I ran his USB thumb drive through the wash. Oops.

  21. Nicki says:

    Yup! I didn’t check my son’s pockets either. I was blessed with gooey sticky gum all over my dryer from a stick of gum that had been left in his pocket. That was fun to clean up!

  22. Mim says:

    I just put everything I find in the pockets, on the owners pillow. That’s really help cut down on the amount of stuff I find. LOL

  23. Elizabeth says:

    Things I know about the dryer:
    Even though it’s soft and warm when a load is finished, it’s not a good place to put a sleeping kitten. In fact, it’s a really bad place when you have a mother like mine who fluffs before folding. She had to have my dad come home from work…
    It’s best for me not to even try to help my husband do the laundry. My cell phone does not like the whole laundry thing, and I don’t check pockets like he must.
    Target does not like laundered check cards. Not even if the card is just a little heat-warped.

  24. Gem says:

    Last night while pulling into the driveway I saw a teeny mouse running alongside the house looking for a way in. Since then, I’ve been paranoid he’s going to come in the dryer vent!!! I’m doing laundry very gingerly today!!!

  25. ~liz says:

    this exact thing happened to me a few weeks ago with my oldest son’s plastic spider that he got trick-or-treating. it’s about 2 inches in diameter, so the size alone scared me to death!

  26. Liz C says:

    When my baby brother was about six, Mom put her hand into his jeans pocket and pulled out….
    Half a dead bird.
    Just the head.
    She shrieked for B, he showed up, and his only comment was, “Aw, Mom, you broke my BIRD!”
    She did get him back… she slipped a live frog into his bathtub later that week, and refused to rescue him until he promised to not put anything in his pockets again, ever.

  27. Barb @ A Chelsea Morning says:

    I had four little brothers when I was growing up and laundry was my main chore. So yes ma’am, I do know how terrifying those pockets are. I can’t begin to imagine the things that went through my mother’s washer and dryer because there was just no way I was that brave. It only took one nasty grubworm…..

  28. Melanie says:

    At my house, that could have been real.
    I am GLAD you didn’t check the pockets. Can you imagine the coronary you would have had if you pulled out that thing??

  29. Christy says:

    Oh dear god. Yes….6 year old laundry is bad…..but my husband’s laundry is just as bad!! I never know what I’m going to pull out of there!

  30. Michelle says:

    Broken pencils, erasers, cars, screws (still don’t know where they came from), gooey things, pen lids, heads off action figures, and occasional money. Just a few of the things I have found in my dryer. (The rule here is if I find it, it’s mine. I consider the money a tip!)

  31. jenn says:

    now see, i thought i was scared today by the huge slug i saw in the carport, but that…that takes the cake. i would have screamed like a little school girl!

  32. Gego says:

    When we lived in Houston many years ago, there was a real live rattling timber rattler in the washer. Kind, dear Frank, our next door neighbor, got it our of the washer and dispensed of that creature in the garage. THEN, the kids were playing on the swing set near the woodpile and our dog, Moonshine, barked and barked and herded kids until I went out to check. There was a coral snake nest in the woodpile and the Mama was not happy with all the kids in the yard. Once again, Frank (who worked nights) brought a bucket, caught Mama and all the offspring, and moved the woodpile away from the swing set. I hate to think what would have happened to my then 5 and 2 year olds if Moonshine hadn’t sounded the alarm. He was one good dog!

  33. JCK says:

    I’m there with you on needing courage for laundry. Although, my husband’s pockets are more dangerous than my 4 year old son’s. Screws, nails, hooks..basically anything that could ruin a washing machine.

  34. Saph -Walk With Me says:

    Oh my!! That would scare me half to death. One time I saw a snake on top of the bushes and went to look at it. My thought was, “oh, it’s just someone’s toy they left here.” And I was about to touch it when it moved and I jumped back! Whew! Thank God I didn’t touch it.

  35. Jen says:

    That would be a GREAT episode for that guy on “Dirty Jobs”!!! Check pockets of little boys’ pants before putting them in the washer!!!

  36. Romie says:

    So true – just recently killed hubby’s eye piece for his phone though because I didn’t check well enough all the pockets. Guess I have to change my ways now.

  37. Ann'Re says:

    Fear of checking pockets of hubby (sharp objects like small screw drivers) and 7 year old son (well, you know) backfired yesterday when a stray ink pen left in hubbys pocket found its way inside my dryer. What a mess! I’m going to have to get brave and just do it…after I get all that ink cleaned up. *sob*

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