Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em

A woman explains how she uses SmartThings to remind her husband that the laundry is done–especially during football season.

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Do you ever put two socks in the laundry and only one comes out?  Well, my husband used to put two socks in the laundry, and neither one came out. Nothing came out. It was kind of like that Seinfeld stand-up routine. You know the one…

He just forgot that he started the load of laundry, so it sat there for days. I’m not sure how that happened, but it happened. Every week.

The washing machine is in the basement, and he usually put a load of laundry in just as he started watching the Patriots game each Sunday. The alarm at the end of the cycle must have gone off exactly at the same time as the Patriots scored a touchdown each week, and his hoots of celebration covered the noise. Anyway, his laundry was inevitably left damp and soaking in the basement until the next unlucky user tried to use the machine (read: me). No amount of coaching or reminding helped.

We both get a text message whenever the washing is finished. It’s brilliant and so easy.”

Well, that’s the way it used to be. The Patriots are still winning, and my husband still cheers every time they score.  But, now our washing machine is now a smart Thing. With an attached $49 SmartThings Multi sensor and the “Laundry Monitor” SmartApp, we both get a text message whenever the washing is finished. It’s brilliant and so easy. We even laundryuse the same SmartApp and another Multi to tell us when the dryer is done, too.

I love the Laundry Monitor app because I don’t miss a minute between loads even on the busiest day when I’m in my office two floors away and can’t hear the cycle alarm. Plus, it costs a fraction of what it would cost to buy a “smart washer.” Thanks SmartThings! Now, can you find that one sock that the dryer ate? – Maria


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