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When the weekly wash goes into the drum, rarely does it cross anyone's mind that some rogue item that probably shouldn't be subjected to detergent at 40 degrees is about to become an unwelcome bedfellow to your socks and smalls.
From dummies to rashers of bacon, new research has discovered a large selection of strange and interesting things found in the bottom of washing machines and hidden within the filters.
Tissues are the number one shared experience by Brits, with 56 per cent of people surveyed saying they have found Kleenex confetti sprinkled on their wet clean clothes, according to a study by Go Assist.
But there is hope. In contrast to the devastating disappointment felt upon finding the remains of tissues, the second most found item is cash, bringing much happiness and joy... assuming it’s still in good nick!
Around 17 per cent of survey respondents say they’d found their jewellery in their washing machine, including several expensive wedding rings. Other small items spotted in the machine’s depths include drill parts, lighters, a spoon, pens and pencils, lego pieces and nail clippers. In a rather unpleasant admission, 3 per cent of Brit say they’d found baby nappies and a few had found sanitary towels.
One in five (18 per cent) also state dog or cat hair as often being collected at the end of a wash, with 9 per cent claiming to have put their electronics through a spin cycle, often not surviving the ordeal. These include mobile phones, a bluetooth headset and even an Xbox controller. Perhaps gadget insurance isn’t such a bad idea after all? The strangest items noted include bacon, clothes hangers and a bowl.
Once you have navigated your way through the lucky dip of crap, take comfort in the sentiment that it's (probably) more likely there's a fiver in there than a nappy.
Heartening news for everyone.