This viral photo shows exactly where all your missing socks go when you wash them

Our minds have been blown...

Washing Machine

Have you ever inexplicably lost socks or underwear after you've washed them in your washing machine? Well, the big mystery of the missing socks might finally have come to an end...

It happens to everyone - we've all lost at least one piece of clothing while doing laundry and thought we probably just dropped it somewhere, never to be found again.

But while that sounds like a plausible explanation, there could be a whole other reason why your socks go missing. Meet the Bermuda Triangle of socks - a hidden compartment in your washing machine where socks, underwear and loose change go to die.

Sarah Rose took to Twitter to share her finding, writing: 'soooo, I no longer feel like a crazy person for losing random socks...'

The woman then added: 'and no, this is not my machine but apparently it can happen 😂 I did finally find the original poster and apparently they even found a credit card in there! Time to take the washer apart...'

Sarah also linked to the original article, in which Cathy Hinz shared pictures of a washing machine after her husband took it apart and discovered it was filled with socks, underwear and even change.

'Today, my husband got tired of fooling with one of the washing machines that was just not working properly and decided to take it apart, starting with the bottom panel. To his shock, this is what he found…', she wrote in an article on Bored Panda.

'Socks, underwear, a credit card… and that is just what was in the bottom of the machine. When he removed the water pump that removes the water from the machine, he found about $7.00 in change.'

'Now, for those of you that SWEAR, your machine eats your small things, and have been told by “professionals” and others that this fable just is not true… Here is the proof!'

The post clearly resonated with many sock owners who've sadly seen many of them become lonely items after losing their other half. One commented on Sarah's post: 'Yeah. Truth. Washers and dryers do eat socks!'

Another added: 'So that's were the little devils go...interesting. Now if only you can explain how you can put two hangers in an empty closet, come back later and it's full of hangers.'

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Mariana Cerqueira
Lifestyle Editor

Mariana is a lifestyle writer who has written for and My Imperfect Life. She joined the team as an intern after completing her journalism MA at City University. After six months spent writing about food, celebrity news, and family trends, Mariana left to write for Healthy Food magazine - but returned in 2017, to join the Future team once again. In her spare time, you’ll find Mariana in the kitchen cooking for her friends.