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mesh bags for socks

Moms, if you have kids, this post is for you. 🙂

A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine on Facebook posted about how it was really the washing machine that eats socks, not the dryer. Long story short, I added a little comment about how I avoid not only losing socks, but having to sort them. The response was immediate, and, for lack of a better word, awed. So, I’m going to share with you one of my time-saving laundry tips.

mesh bags for socks

Bags…  Big.  Mesh.  Bags.

Each of my children have their own bag. When it’s time for laundry, they put all of their socks (this works for underwear, too!) into their bag. The bag goes into the washing machine, then over to the dryer. When the dryer finishes, I dump the contents onto their beds and let them match up their own socks! For any of you out there that have children near the same age, size, etc. you know how much time it can take to try and figure out what belongs with which child. Over the years, I’ve tried various ways of identifying individual belongings: making little marks on the soles or tags, only buying certain styles or colors, etc. This method has been by far the easiest, and quickest! 🙂

mesh bags for socks

The details. My washing machine is a front-loader. I don’t know if this would work with a top load machine (the bag might wrap around the agitator?). These bags are approximately 18″ x 24″, made by Tide, and are some that I picked up on my regular trip to Target. There are many bags out there, choose one you like. Let me know if this works for you, and pass it along to your friends who could use it!

~Beth