Is This Really a Gadget?

I’m not much of a gadget person to tell the truth. My sons and my husband love gadgets. Nothing thrills them any more than to find some new, interesting gadget. Recently, though, I found a thing that just thrilled me. I don’t know if you’d really even call it a gadget, and it certainly isn’t new, but I’m so happy to find it.

So what is it? It’s a small mesh bag that you can put socks or more delicate items in before you throw them in the wash. Oh, you already know about that? I’m sure you do. I think everybody knew about it before I did.

My epiphany came when we had to call the repairman to fix the washer, which for some reason groaned and creaked when we tried to use it. After what seemed like a long time, the man showed me a sock. “I found it sucked into the motor,” he said.

So that’s what happens when you lose a sock! The washing machine really does eat them.  So anyway I was in Wal Mart a few days later and spotted one of those mesh bags. Brilliant! I’ll put my socks in the bag, and that way the washer is safe and I have matching socks.

How has it worked out for me? Very well. So far if I put ten socks in I get ten socks out. Wonderful isn’t it?

Next time I’ll try to find a proper gadget to tell you about, but for right now I’m just glad not to lose any more socks. How many of you use those marvelous little bags?

laundry bag


About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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8 Responses to Is This Really a Gadget?

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    My mom always used these mesh bags, and I have three of them. I think she bought her first one in Japan. We use them mostly for lingerie and nylon hosiery. My cotton and wool socks have to fend for themselves, although it does make sense to use the bags for those, too. Yes, the bags are perfect for making sure they stay in pairs! I wonder why those bags took so long to get to SC?


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    I’ve heard of those mesh bags, but don’t believe we’ve ever used any. I know I haven’t.
    But it sounds like a good idea.


  3. I have never used them for socks; my guys have always generated a ton of them, although I used to use them for baby socks and booties. I have several, and use them for hosiery and delicates. They are wonderful.


  4. I’ve seen them around but have never purchased one. I think I might now. We are constantly losing socks, especially Wyatt. It would certainly be cheaper than buying new socks every few months because Wyatt no longer has any matching ones.


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