Wash Reminder




Introduction: Wash Reminder

Never forget that you left wet clothes in the washer again! This instructable shows how to make a clothes in the laundry reminder device.

Step 1: Why and How

The problem
Our laundry room is next to the baby's room and you have to turn off the washer and dryer when he takes a nap. So my wife asked me to think of a way to remind her that she had clothes in the washer.

My solution
Make a little device that can be turned on when the washer gets paused and will flash until turned back off reminding her to finish the laundry.

1 sheet of white 3/8 inch poster board (Michaels $5)
1 Red flashing LED (Free from halloween candy display package)
2 AA batteries w/ holder (Free from halloween candy display package)
1 on/off switch ( Pulled from old toy)
Small piece of red tissue paper
Small piece of aluminum foil
Washer with arrow image (made by my artist brother)

Exacto knife
Metal ruler
Glue gun
Soldering iron
Glue stick

Step 2: Front Construction

1. Cut the poster board into 6 inch wide by 14 inch long piece
2. Measure 6 inches down and using your exacto knife and metal ruler remove a 3/16 wide strip of foam leaving the poster board top untouched.
3. Measure 1 inch down and remove another strip of foam
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until a box is formed.
5. Now cut out the washer image and red part of the arrow.
6. Test fit the washer image and trace the inside of the arrow onto the posterboard.
7. Carefully cut out the arrow from the posterboard.
6. Double over and cut a piece of tissue paper a little bigger than the size of the arrow.
7. Glue the tissue paper and washer image to the poster board.
8. Trim any excess tissue paper.

Step 3: Inside Construction

1. Cut a hole through the washer where you want your switch to go. Make sure it's large enough for your switch to operate smoothly.
2. Solder up and test your battery holder, on/off switch and LED setup. I can't tell you exactly how to do this step because I don't know what you are using. Take a look at my insides picture to see how I did it.
3. Hot glue the battery holder, switch and LED to the posterboard.
4. Cut a piece of aluminum foil a little bit larger than the arrow and hot glue that down to help spread out the LED light.
5. Put some hot glue in 2 of the seams of the posterboard to make it a stronger box. Don't glue it all together because you will need to open it up to change the batteries.
6. Close it up with some pins or however you want and hang it up.

Step 4: Final Note

This project only took a little bit of time and money so if forgotten laundry is a problem in your house, try making one of these. But don't blame me if your wife tells "you" to do the laundry if you don't like the way she does it.... :-)

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    13 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea! I couldn't find the parts so I used a 555 IC chip and some LEDs in a Radio Shack box with a small switch. I put some supermagnets on the back to hold it on the fridge door. Hard to see but the two LEDs are under the tail of the arrow - in the panel of the washer, and flash. Switch is on the right side. Idea is for my wife to snap it on when she leaves 1st, so I will see it when I come in...


    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice. Did you make yours after seeing mine or did we both think of the same idea?


    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    Oh, I was definitely inspired by yours! Excellent idea you had there :) Wish I had found the blinky card, but not a biggy... had the 555 chip already on hand. If I were to do one again, I might go for an alternating blinking circuit! -eb


    14 years ago on Introduction

    This is quick, cute and clever. Any chance on posting a video of the finished product in action, though?


    Reply 14 years ago on Introduction

    I just put a little wmv of it in action. It's really exciting.....


    14 years ago on Step 4

    Cute. BUT, I have a simpler plan. I put the Santa Claus Teddy Bear magnet on the washer when clothes are in the washer. I put the magnet on the dryer when the clothes are in the dryer. It always works for me.


    14 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice. Not the biggest baddest instructable, but it does what its supposed to do an easy reminder great job