Over time I have thrown a lot of stuff in the washer. When I was a smoker I inadvertently washed packs of cigarettes more than once. Nowadays it’s mostly little pieces of paper, the flotsam and jetsam of modern life. Not this time.
Helaine knew something was up when she unloaded the
washer dryer¹ and money started flying out. It wasn’t long before my soggy wallet emerged with a little laundry detergent caked inside.
Here’s what I learned. Most of what’s in my wallet is impervious to water!
Credit cards, insurance cards, my drivers license and the like are all plastic. I’m not sure about the magnetic stripes, but they shouldn’t be affected… should they?
Paper money isn’t actually paper, it’s linen. No problem there. Helaine and I are now money launderers!
My Social Security card and amateur radio license are paper. The Social Security card looks a little worse for wear, but it’s still got the signature of the 13 year old Geoff intact! The story’s the same for the much more recent ham radio ticket.
I would have expected the results to be much worse. It always was with smokes.
¹ – I thought the wallet only survived the washer, but Helaine has corrected me. My wallet and its contents got the full laundry experience.