When folding the laundry, it becomes apparent again: a sock is missing. Then it’s fine for a few washes and suddenly the next one is missing. But where do the clothes go and how can it be prevented?
The risk of losing stocking
Did you know that this phenomenon has even been scientifically researched? British researchers conducted a 2016 on behalf of Samsung Study of sock shrinkage by. 2,000 people were interviewed and it was found that 1.3 socks are lost per British citizen per month. With the “Sock-Loss-Index”, the scientists created a formula with which the probability of losing socks can be calculated.
Stocking loss risk = (L + C) – (P x A)
The parameters are the extent of the laundry (L), the complexity of the laundry (C), the personal enjoyment of washing laundry (P) and the level of awareness of the people who load the washing machine (A).
The disappearance of the socks depends most on the factor L, the amount of laundry. Because when spinning, a gap is created inside the washing machine, into which socks and other small items of clothing can be pulled. This gap is between the drum and the rubber seal. If the washing machine is then overloaded, the socks are pushed outwards even more and land in the black hole.
With these tricks, no more sock disappears
The first piece of advice is therefore obvious: don’t pack the washing machine too full! Experts advise that the machines only be three-quarters full.
But why are socks disappearing? Because they are small and easily fit through the gap. So you have to enlarge the surface. A simple and cheap solution is to knot a few socks together. Of course there are also other solutions, such as using a laundry net or a sock clip, with which the socks can be bundled in pairs.
By the way: There are also sock manufacturers who have addressed this problem and attach snaps to their socks in order to connect them before the wash cycle – and to put them in the machine as an inseparable pair.
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