First, you have to get one in the washing machine. I can not give you instructions on how to do that, because I have no idea how it got there. I just opened up my washer after the permanent press cycle and there it was, hale and hearty, and jumping at me. I did what any other woman in my place would do. I screamed. And shut the lid. Then put something heavy over it.
I looked at my cat – after all it is her job to take care of mice. But there was no way she would fit in the washer. Then I called DH. He advised me against consuming alcohol (still sorry I listened). He also advised me to open the washing machine, hoping that the intruder will jump out.
I did that and locked myself in the bedroom.
After DH got home I told him that it will be up to him to de-mouse our washer.
So in case you are ever confronted with the mouse in your washer here are his instructions.
1. Assess the situation. Make sure that the mouse is still alive. If it is dead proceed to disposal.
2. If the mouse is still alive introduce it to the cat. See if your cat will fit into your washing machine. If it does not, try anyway.
3. If the cat is a wash out, use kitchen tongs to remove laundry from the washer, one piece at the time, shaking it briskly to make sure you are not uplifting the enemy.
4. When the mouse is the only thing left in the washer put it on spin. The idea here is to make this mouse very dizzy, so it can not resist removal. Be careful, do not spin the washer too fast. You do not want the little rodent to loose his cookies. The only thing more disgusting than the mouse would be mouse barf. No, I have not seen it, but I still think so. You might have to experiment a few times.
5. When the mouse is very dizzy and is staggering, use a cardboard box or any handy container with a lid to capture the intruder. Do it right away before the mouse gets his bearings.