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Women in Ag: Things You Find in a Farmer’s Washing Machine

Sometimes, I feel like we have problems that our nonfarmer friends just wouldn’t understand. My washing machine is the perfect example of this. I know I’m not alone, and since I’m here among my fellow Women in Ag, I’d like to vent. Can I get an “Amen!” if you’ve ever found one of these in the laundry at your house?

  • Nuts, bolts, washers and/or nails
  • Wrench, screwdriver, pocket knife, plyers
  • Receipts from your local farm supply store
  • One fencing glove (First of all, why am I washing this? Secondly, where is its twin?!)
  • Spare truck parts small enough to store in a pants pocket
  • More nuts, bolts, and washers
  • Eggshells (No? Is my husband the only one who thinks the washing machine will magically dissolve broken eggshells out of a towel?)
  • Livestock marking chalk
  • Corn kernels

And last, but most certainly not least, the most dreaded new red shop rag that you didn’t notice until AFTER you did laundry. I hope everyone likes their new pink clothes . . .

What other items have you found in your washing machine? Inquiring minds want to know. 


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