It’s common to lose a sock — or, let’s face it, six! — after doing laundry. Often, you don’t immediately notice that something’s missing and you end up with a pair of mismatched socks. Fortunately, there’s a quick fix with foam pipe insulation — like this!

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But first, let’s review an all-too-familiar scenario: you do the laundry, unload all your clothes from the dryer, fold everything and realize you’re short several items.

The first place to look for missing laundry is typically the gap between your washer and dryer, and there’s a good chance you’ll find these items there. But hunting for socks is a waste of time, especially when you can prevent this sort of thing.

To stop this frustrating game of hide-and-seek from ever happening again, go to the home center and buy some inexpensive foam pipe insulation to fill the gap between your washer and dryer.

Take the pipe and simply wedge it between the two appliances. For the vertical space, simply bend the pipe and wedge it between the gap — or cut it if need be!

There’s a bonus benefit: This easy fix also absorbs the vibration between your washer and dryer, so it won’t drive you crazy every time these appliances start their cycles.

Best of all? You won’t ever have to fear losing another sock to the gap of your washer and dryer!

Watch the video above for more information!

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Joe Truini

Joe Truini

Radio Show Co-Host

Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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