Editor's Note: Oh dear, did you get toothpicks in your Bosch Classixx 1200 Express or your LG WM2101HW? Well silly you. Those things are expensive. But we have the answer for you. These instructions will work even if you are stuck with a sucky GE WJRE5500GWW Washer.

How to Get Toothpicks out of a Washing Machine

So, somehow, you have gotten some toothpicks in your washing machine. Perhaps you or someone else did that as a test or for fun, but now you wish the toothpicks were not in it. Here's how to get them out!


1. Avoid putting toothpicks in your washing machine.

2. Open the washing machine with the toothpicks in it.

3. Reach in. If you are short or your washing machine is deep, it is recommended that you lean in, as if you are trying to get a ball from the bottom of a bin.

4. Grab a handful of toothpicks.

5. Lean out, and place the handful of toothpicks in a non-washing machine container (eg. bowl).

6. Repeat steps 2-4 until washing machine is toothpick free.


* If your washing machine has many holes in it, like most whirlpools, this will be more difficult.


* Be VERY careful to not turn your washing machine on. If you do, climb out while it is still starting to fill up.

* The previous warning can be avoided by either turning the machine off or not getting toothpicks in your washing machine.

Article added: 22 February 2010

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Be sure to climb out
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