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Thu, Jan. 31st, 2008, 08:19 pm
unnatural_lump:

Hello all,
I am writing here because I need a little washing machine advice – the other day the strangest thing happened... as usual I put my clothes in the washing machine (I did two loads that day, so there were two separate occurrences of this washing machine anomaly), put the detergent in and the fabric softener yadda yadda...


Once both loads of washing were dry (I put them both in my massive dryer, as normal) I took the clothes upstairs to be ironed and put away.
The first thing I noticed was one of my work trousers (just a normal black pair of smart trousers) was totally ripped at the crotch and thigh area, it looked as though someone had gotten a sharp knife and literally ripped down the leg, it was very clearly a straight slice.
I was shocked and irritated.... because of the damage and placement of the rips I knew sewing them up as not an option, so I put them in the bin.
Later that evening when getting out clothes for work, I noticed one of my favourite shirts had similar rips, but the sleeves and collar area.
Once again I became overwhelmed with panic and anxiety...
“were all my clothes ruined? Had I not noticed? Was it the detergent possibly eating away at the fabric? Did I over fill the drum perhaps?? Why had this never happened before???”
All these thoughts were flooding through my mind... I personally cannot stand the idea of clothes getting wrecked due to human error so it has been plaguing my mind ever since last Saturday... I just cannot work out how this could have occurred considering I have been washing clothes in the washing machine the exact same way for around 9 years now.
I have over-analysed the situation to death, there is nothing I did differently, I didn’t put the wash on a different setting, and I used the same detergent and softener I always use...
I am posting this mainly for advice - on the off chance someone out there reading this has experienced the same thing or knows why this strangeness could of happened.
This has left me perplexed and anxious, I fear putting on a wash this Saturday incase more of my beloved clothes become ruined... (I always become very attached to my clothes, keeping them in pristine condition for years... the top that became ripped I have had since I was 13 and it had absolutely no tears or stretching until now) – Advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Fri, Feb. 1st, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
psychokitten76

You should check both your washer and dryer for anything in the bowl that is sharp or poking out.

Was there something in one of the pockets in your first load that could have fallen out and ripped something during the wash, and then you didn't see it when you put the next load in and it ripped something then too?

Is there an underwire from a bra caught somewhere in the machine that could be tearing clothes during the cycle?

Fri, Feb. 1st, 2008 07:05 am (UTC)
unnatural_lump

Thank you for the reply;

I had checked (reluctantly as I was worried) the drum of both the dryer and the washing machine but couldn't really see anything that looked out of place, definitely not anything sharp.

Your theory on something being in one of the pockets is a really good one actually, especially if I did not notice and left it in with the second load. I will be honest, I didn't see anything when I took the second load out either, but I suppose even something like an earring could have done it if it had a sharp pointed end... I will keep that in mind.

The bra thing is again another good idea, I will have a check of the bras I washed with each load too.

Hopefully I can find something to put my mind at ease about it, I doubt it was either drum at fault or I would have felt something sharp when feeling about in it.


Thanks so much for your comment - it has helped :)