Well, the mobile phone recovered after a few days. The rollerball pen made a mess of the washing. And hubby's hearing aid had to be replaced. I've finally learned to check everyone else's pockets when things go in the wash.
Our son use to collect snakes and put them in his pockets. He was about 8. I told him hundreds of times not to put them in his pant pocket but I guess when he would find a snake and have no where to put it he kept it safe in his pocket but then he would forget about one. I had stopped checking pockets because of the snakes so one time threw a load of jeans in not knowing the snake was in his pocket. It did not survive.
My hand. It happened in 1941 when I was helping my brother, Don, who was helping my mother while she was at work. I was only 5 or 6 and as I was putting some clothes through the wringer I held on too long. My brother finally got my hand free, but it was flat as a pancake. My screams attracted the lady upstairs who had me put my hand in Epsom salts. No permanent damage. (This isn't exactly what you were looking for, I'm sure, but the wringer is/was part of the washing machine.)
Your hand! I'd completely forgotten about wringer washers and my mother's first washer was that type. I never thought of a hand going through; I'm so glad your hand was not ruined! Daily life was surely exciting before the Internet - maybe more so.
A mini Snickers candy bar, the kind kids get around Halloween. It survived and remained wrapped, probably because it was a gentle cycle, cold water load.
Naturally, I asked the nearest child, "How did this get in here?" His response: "Oh, THERE it is. I was looking for that." He picked it up, unwrapped, and ate it. "But how did it get in the washing machine?" I asked. "It was in the washing machine? Cool."
Hm..years ago when I was just away from home and doing laundry myself I washed several bills of money. I found them before getting them into the dryer. Fortunately not a one was harmed, just saturated. So I dried them out flat and they were good to go. Since then I've always checked pockets before washing. But I will say kids have a tendency to lose or stuff crayons in hems and behind collars, which I've regrettably washed. And unlike cash, crayons absolutely ruin everything else in the laundry!
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