Monday, October 15, 2007

A Math Equation. In Pictures...

Let's do some Manic Math, shall we?

OK, let's start out on a Monday morning, feeling pretty good, going to get ahead of the mad-laundry fiasco and start an early morning load.

Imagine you have a bottle of this:

because a friend's machine was broken and she needed to get some laundry done, so sweet Manic Mommy says, "Sure! Come on over and do some of your laundry."

You'd do the same for a friend in need, wouldn't you? And how very sweet of your friend to bring her OWN LAUNDRY SUPPLIES!

So, you've got the first part of the equation.

Next, imagine that the 1/2 bottle she leaves at your house somehow, some weird unexplainable way, falls into your machine when you are, I don't know, plucking your eyebrows, walking circles through your living room, to your dining room, through your kitchen and back around... you decide... whatever. So, a 1/2 of a bottle of FABRIC SOFTENER finds its way here:


Not a quarter cup.

Not a cupful of fabric softener.

(BTW, doesn't it match nicely with my blog template?)


And yet, somehow, you fail to realize this as you throw a load of darks into your machine early this a.m.

So, for those of you not following along, you've got your 1/2 bottle of fabric softener, you've got your washing machine, and now the two have oddly joined forces, almost like those old Reese's commercials:

"You've got fabric softener in MY washing machine!"

"No! You've got your washing machine in MY FABRIC SOFTENER."

Well, let's see how this concotion plays out...

I come back from a playdate this a.m. and notice a beautiful smell not unlike a field of spring fresh flowers permeating through the house.

"Hmmm," I think to myself. "The next load I do, I should maybe try some of that fabric softener because it obviously freshened up my friend's clothes she washed last night."

A couple hours later, I'm getting a headache from the freshy-fresh florally field smells and this reminds me I have yet to transfer my clothes from the washer to the dryer.

I open the lid.

And am blasted with the scent of FDS. You women know what I'm talking about, that feminine deodorant vajigity spray that is probably the worst thing in the entire world for genitalia, but that is a topic for another post, another day. Still, this is what the scent reminded me of.

I find THE WHOLE BOTTLE IN THE WASHING MACHINE. And the cap is also in the machine. But not on top of the bottle!

This is a launder's problem.

It, I must admit, angered me. Annoyed me. Forced me to pull a "rinse-repeat-rinse again" maneuver on my laundry.

And then, finally, I could rinse no more. And I threw the clothes into the dryer.

Not recommending this EVER when it comes to doing laundry, but seriously, if you have a math equation such as


You can be guaranteed that your clothes will come out like this:

and this...

and definitely this:


Kate said...


Sounds like something I'd do, but luckily we have a front loader so it's harder for me to drop things into it. HardER.v

Melisa Wells said...

You poor thing! Not a good story, but very well told.

You should pat yourself on the back for being able to use photos of happy things at the end of the post. If it were me, I would have found pink/fluffy things that were more hellish looking to describe the laundry. So good job on seeing that silver lining! LOL (Maybe it was the FDS fumes)


Melissa said...

As our friend Cecily would say...


Thanks for the comment on 365! You kind of forced me to delurk on your sites, I've been reading them for while now.

Thanks again for the laugh.

KATE said...

Yum, I love the smell of FDS saturated wet laundry in the afternoon! ha ha
Well, at least your clothes are light and soft and fluffy...right?

xxxx said...

OK, I am loving your visual aids ... HA HA. And that is the fabric softener I use!!!

T with Honey said...

Too funny! At least is wasn't 1/2 bottle of detergent, right?

March2theSea said...

your clothes must be SUPER soft...the lushness of soft undies..ahhhh

Kim Rossi Stagliano said...

Oh Lord! And those chemicals will do a number on the kids' skin! Be careful. Manic Mom is April Fresh! LOLOLOL!!!!

Michelle said...

This is too funny. I must add you to my blog roll!! :)

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

T with Honey--SOOO TRUE! I would have FREAKED OUT had it been detergent!!! OMG!

And March--no undies... Sadly, most of the clothes were the kids, so no softies for me!

Mary said...

Bet you are huggable and snuggable and lovable today!

Just think, you won't need to use deoderant for a while... what you spent on downy you can save on perfume, deoderant, etc. hehehehee

And thanks to this story, I went and moved my fabric softener to a different cupboard so it isn't directly over the washer, and I checked to make sure the lid is on tight. You are having an effect on me!

Tuesday Girl said...

I lvoe when my laundry comes out lieka white fluffy kitten!

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Just as long as a white-fluffy kitten doesn't come out looking like laundry!

Ain't that kitty cute!?

Unknown said...

Too funny!
At least it wasn't bleach...
now you can be snuggly soft all the time!

Tanya said...

Wow, I bet that much fabric softener must make the whole neighborhood smell like flowers. Be careful, that stuff is addictive.

Drewpy Drew said...

This kind of thing is exactly why I never wash my clothes. You never know when a laundry disaster is going to strike.

Unknown said...

I laugh EVERY SINGLE TIME I see you type the word vajigity!

Speaking of things light and fluffy like pink cottonballs, did you know some people are actually afraid of cotton balls? This is my fun fact for today...

Hope this week goes better than the last for us all!

Monnik said...

oh man, this cracked me up. you are a funny, funny gal.

(jeez! my verification word is like fifteen characters long!)

Monnik said...

Nice. The next one? FIVE CHARACTERS.

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...


vajigity, vajigity, vajigity!!!

And you know what? I am going to Target right now to get me a bottle of downy since my house is smelling soooo good and clean!

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Ello - Ellen Oh said...

That was great! Although I think the headache would have put me out as I do not do well with strong fragrances! Poor you! But funny for us readers!

Cecily R said...

I love, LOVE fabric softener. It's one of my vices. Half a bottle doesn't seem so bad...=)

Andie said...

this is why I Don't use fabric softener. Instead, I use vinegar. Same effect, a heck of a lot cheaper- and it doesn't smell like FDS. LOL

Plus, fabric softeners and scented detergents like gain, tide, etc. makes me itchy.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Oh you make me laugh! (and remind me I'm doing laundry .. go switch! Front loader no 1/2 bottles here) :-)