When You Wash and Dry Your Garage Door Opener 8


So, the other day I washed and dried my garage door opener.

I threw in a load of laundry before work and rushed out the door.

After work, I came home and threw the laundry in the dryer.

While I was making a cheese sandwich, I said to my husband, “Do you hear the garage door going up and down?” 

“Nope.”

So, on to eat my sandwich.

 

You see, the day before I had this conversation with my hubby. We were on the way to a meeting, and I remembered I had left the garage door opener in my sweatshirt. So I said, “Remind me when we get home to take the garage door opener out of my sweatshirt. I don’t want to wash it.”

“Okay.”

Three hours later, we had totally forgotten about that poor garage door opener.

 

While eating my sandwich, I heard the dryer thumping. I went in the laundry room and opened the dryer. Couldn’t see anything. And, who wants to take out a huge load of laundry to find that silly quarter? So, turned it back on.

Still kept hearing that mysterious “garage door opening sound”.

Two checks later…

I found it. There it was at the bottom of the laundry pile. The garage door opener. 

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It still works.

And, I can’t tell you how many times our garage door opener had been up and down in those 20 minutes. It was like a huge game of Hungry Hippos in there.

 

So, I learned a few things:

1. A garage door opener is much more sturdy that a cell phone, a tube of chapstick, a bottle of peaches, a ball point pen, and a baby monitor. All of those will totally ruin a load of laundry.

2. Batteries can explode. My husband sweetly informed me that we were lucky the batteries didn’t blow up. Well, then…maybe he should have remembered to remind me that the garage door opener was in my pocket! Luckily, I have never experienced exploding batteries.

3. To the sweet lady at Walmart who thinks I have it all together: I don’t. I have washed more unwashable items that I can recall. I get angry at my kids and hubby. I eat chocolate instead of dinner sometimes, and I haven’t painted my toenails in a long time…I mean a really long time. I make mistakes daily and try to do better a little at a time. Some days I do and some days I don’t. 

4. Sometimes you just say a little prayer of gratitude that you made it through the day. Maybe you didn’t get the laundry done or the grocery shopping completed. Maybe you didn’t read to your kids or make a healthy dinner. But, you did it.

 

And, tomorrow is another day.

Motherhood Moments Serenity Prayer

Maybe…just maybe, I will get that load of laundry folded…tomorrow.

Happy Day!

What motherhood moments have you had? Share your memories below.

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Wife, mother of twins, speaker, and creator of Balm to My Soul.I love to write, speak, sleep, snuggle and, if I really get lucky, inspire and help others. I am clearly imperfect but determined to be a little better every day. Some days are better than others! Thanks for stopping by!
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8 thoughts on “When You Wash and Dry Your Garage Door Opener

  • Reply
    Ana Lynn

    It’s good that it still works. I think we washed a cell phone once and of course it was dead afterwards. Frank’s wallet has been washed on a few occasions, but the best part? Me washing my jeans, and finding a 100 kuna bill in them (roughly $20) right when we needed it to get through payday!

    • Reply
      balmtomysoul Post author

      I know! I must admit that I am terrible at checking the laundry before I throw it in. I have washed earrings, necklaces, pens and pencils, chapstick, etc. It is a pain. Once I washed an important business card for my hubby and we spent several minutes trying to find all the pieces to get a phone number. This is definitely one area I can work on!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Yes, craziness. This one actually happened to my dear friend. Her little one dumped an entire bottle of peaches in the washer when she wasn’t looking. Needless to say, she wasn’t happy when she went to change the laundry! Poor thing. I guess we must learn to laugh, even when we want to cry!

  • Reply
    Alli

    I once forgot to check pockets (actually lots more than once) and washed a pocket full of crayons. And unknowingly dried them. Believe it or not, when I rewashed them, all of the greasy stains were gone. I was praying the entire time because one of my favorite outfits was in that load. 🙂

    Glad your garage door opener survived!

    • Reply
      balmtomysoul Post author

      Wow, Alli, I am amazed that the clothes came clean. I haven’t washed a crayon yet… Hopefully not ever. I have said a few prayers over a load of laundry!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Dee

    This was so funny, Elizabeth, but I’m glad it still works! I think that’s the one thing I haven’t found in our washer, and I’ve found some strange things in the kids’ pockets! 🙂

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thanks, Dee. I was glad that I could laugh about this. It helps motherhood so much when you can laugh! Have a great day! Off to see your cookie bars. Yum!