Laundry tip: how to reduce “orphan sock syndrome”

We all have them.

Missing socks

I don’t know about you, but they are the bane of my existence. I wish I knew where they disappeared to! I KNOW both socks are there when I put them into the washer/dryer…

Happily I have a very simple solution. I got so tired of searching for missing socks a few months ago that I tried a new little trick.

Laundry tip - wash socks in mesh bag to keep them together

I bought two mesh lingerie bags. One for the grownups hamper and one for the kids bathroom (where they tend to get undressed). Socks do not pass go, do not get thrown in the hamper, do not collect $200. They go straight into the mesh bag. Absolutely, positively no exceptions.

Then on laundry day, I toss the entire mesh bag into the washer with the regular loads (& dryer too). And you know what? It works! We haven’t had a lost sock since I started doing this. I’ve also reduced the time I spend folding laundry because I am not chasing wayward socks.

What laundry shortcuts & tips do you have? I’d love to hear!