I've been washing laundry for... like... ever! You would think by now that I would have learned to check pockets!! That's right mom, most likely because you always told me to do it... now I don't. Still a rebel!
Last Friday morning I walked through the kid's rooms and picked up any laundry on their floors and got a dark load into the washer nice and early so it could get hung on the line. Much to my dismay when I opened the washer after the load finished there was Haley's Zune! (her MP3 player) It was in the pocket of her shorts that I had found on her bedroom floor!! My 11yo daughter loves this thing. She has music playing in her ears ALL the time. (another thing Mike and I need to evaluate at a later date, the amount of time she is "plugged" in) Not to mention these little buggers are not cheap. All I could do was place the Zune on the deck in the sun and hope, maybe it would dry and work again.
Later that morning while talking to a friend on the phone, she asked, "Why do you seem dismayed?" I explained my dilemma about washing the Zune. She suggested I put it into a plastic baggy with rice. She had heard of people doing that with their cell phones after jumping into pools with them in their pockets. Ok! What do I have to lose?
Placed it into a baggy with rice, and for extra care placed that into a airtight container. We left it on the counter for almost 3 days. Yesterday morning Haley tested it, and IT WORKS!! I was and am stoked.
So, note to self: check pockets of clothing, especially the kids, no more being the rebellious teen.
And for all of you out there, I hope you never need this cool little trick, but now you have it in your arsenal of motherhood fixes.