Losing socks in the laundry is so common that it's become a cliché to joke about where that missing sock could have possibly disappeared to. But really, where did it go?
Avoid the hassle of tracking down missing socks, and trying to match them up later, by making sure they never get separated to begin with. There are a few ways you can do this, but it all relies on that crucial moment after they leave your feet.
Use a binder clip or a clothespin to clip matching socks together as they're getting tossed in the hamper. You can wash them with the clips, or remove the clips just before they're tossed into the wash to limit the amount of time they're separated. Not fond of clips? Give each family member a mesh lingerie bag where they can toss their socks -- two at a time, of course -- then just toss the bag in the wash, knowing no sock will go rogue.