If you are living with a young girl, you have experienced the thrill of shopping at Justice or buying all that sparkly clothing at another local retailer. The queen recently received some really cool sparkly stuff for Christmas. She has some high top boots, shirts, and this out of control dress–that is both sparkly and swirly.
Here’s what happens when you wash said sparkles: they attach to all the other clothes that are in the washer or dryer. I spent at least thirty minutes the other day dejazzling my husband’s work clothes and the teen’s stylish socks. Did you know that they make cloth with adhesive sparkles? Neither did I but four of us are now paying the consequences for my slow learning curve.
Here are some conversations that have followed now that we all glitter when we spin:
Husband: Um, thought you should know, I raised my arm up at work last night.
Husband: It was like a mini disco. There were all these little shiny stickers all over the outside of my shirt, under my arm. Plus, there must be a million on the inside of my shirt. I didn’t think to check the inside of the clothing or the under arm section.
Teen: Have you seen my socks?
Me: Yep, they are on top of the washer waiting for you to put them away.
Teen: I know where they are. What I’m asking is, have you seen the condition of them?
Me: Yep, they look like really expensive socks.
Teen: I could do without all the glitter stickers. Seriously, I’m in high school. Glitter is so not cool. And, they are even on the inside of the socks!
Tween: Hey, Mom! Did you notice anything about the laundry this week?
Me: Yep, it’s kind of sparkly
Tween: I’m just saying in middle school it is not okay to go to school with a sparkly behind, especially if you are a boy. I’m a boy. Sparkle free is good.
Me: Thanks for letting me know.
Tween: How you going to fix this problem?
Me: Cue cricket music
Queen: Mom, I need the dress to these sparkly pants
Me: The dress isn’t clean.
Queen: But I put them in the laundry room at the same time. At least she is learning how the laundry system works!
Me; Yep, I noticed that.
Queen: How come my dress isn’t clean too?
Me: Because the rest of the family wants to be glitter free for the week.
Queen: Oh man, I was really hoping to wear that dress again soon.
The dress is going in a pillow case on its next washing. I’m going to spend the next decade scrapping glitter stickers off the inside of my dryer. I will also be vacuuming them up because they have migrated to my pillow, on the central staircase of the house, and just about anywhere else that has had something that made contact with the laundry room. No sparkles have been washed for over a week and they are still coming up on the dryer vent and the little rubber gasket of the washing machine. I have a GE nightmare on my hands. Pretty sure the manual has nothing about glitter exposure. Actually I know it doesn’t because I’ve read it at least three times.
If you run into the teen, the tween, or the wannabe queen and notice a little extra glimmer, it isn’t just their charming personalities, it’s a little extra love coming from the laundry room.