11 Things That Should Never End Up in Your Washing Machine
It’s happened to all of us. You’re at the grocery store, pay in cash, and get your change back, only to quickly stuff it in your pocket so you don’t hold up the rest of the line. Next thing you know, your washing machine is a tad louder than it should be and all of those coins are going for a swim in the washer. Those little pieces of metal might seem harmless, but they can cause some serious damage to your washing machine. “[Coins] can damage the fins on the drain pump if they make it past the filter,” says James Peters, Kenmore Laundry Product Manager. “Emptying pockets is the solution.” They could also get stuck in a drain pipe and block it so the water doesn’t drain or they might even shatter the glass of a front-loading washer. Or worse, they could damage the drum and puncture the outer tank, which could cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars to fix. In fact, it might even be cheaper to buy a brand new washing machine at that point, according to the Daily Mail. Find out the 16 things that are totally OK to put in the washing machine, though.