I have two sets of bed/bath linens/towels, so there’s always a clean set in reserve. I throw the dirty set in the wash, and put the clean set on/out. Well, time before last, when I washed clothes, a hand towel and a washcloth went AWOL at some point between the bedroom and the dryer. As well as towels and sheets, I had washed a couple of single-bed size blankets (which go on sale about May-ish) preparatory to making them into lap robes for some friends to take to their cabin. I knew there were only three places the missing hand towel and washcloth could be: Hiding in the corner of a fitted sheet (nope), static-stuck to one of the blankets and accidentally folded up (no, I haven’t actually made the lap robes yet. It’s only July, for crying out loud.), or else they’d slid off the top of the clothes in the laundry basket and fallen behind the washer or dryer.
Well, yesterday I finally bit the bullet. Got out the step stool and climbed up on top of the dryer so I could see behind them (I’m short. What can I say?). Yep. You guessed it. So then I had to go get the tank vacuum to get them out.* They’ve since been reunited with their towel, gone through the washer and are now in a holding pattern in the dryer.
Note: No fatted calves were harmed during the return of these prodigals, although half an apple did go the way of all flesh.
*This method is not recommended for retrieving anything (e.g., sock) that is small enough or skinny enough to get sucked up the hose unless you don’t mind fishing it out of the vacuum cleaner bag.