As I mentioned, I spent my Spring Break cleaning my dad’s house. This weeklong event included mopping, organizing, and having my Dad build a new console out of some old, junky dressers. Well, while doing all that organizing, I came across a collection of old legos, left over from mine, and my brother’s childhoods. Of course, these are perfect for Son to play with, but there was a problem. It seems that years of being in uncovered storage, along with being played with on, and cleaned up from, a dirty floor had made the legos gross.
We’re talking turn your fingers icky kind of gross. Sure, Son didn’t seem to notice, but I certianly did, and even Husband, who spent the week sandblasting, among other dirty things, noticed. Something had to be done.
I decided to give the washing machine a shot. I figured this could be dangerous, but I’d keep a close eye on it just to see how it did. I put all the legos into a large laundry bag, gave them a good shake, and dropped them into the washer full of hot water and a bit of soap.
Yes, this was noisy, and I’m sure it would’ve gone a lot smoother if I had one of those washing machine without the center spindle. Just the same, it worked!
After the cycle was over, I took the legos outside to drip dry. I started by just hanging the bag, but after an afternoon of hanging out, most of the pieces were still wet. If I had had one of those mesh sweater racks, I would’ve spread them all out in a thin layer to dry, but I didn’t. Dad doesn’t wear sweaters, and even if he did, he’d never lay them flat to dry. Instead, I had to leave the legos outdoors for a few days, remembering to stir them around every now and then. I would reccomend a good quality bag, though. Legos can get sharp, and you don’t want holes letting the legos escape.
Still, the legos are now clean, and I’m not so averse to playing with them; Son will be happy to hear that.