As a detective, I started by analyzing the crossword clue ‘The odd thing about laundry‘. The word ‘odd‘ suggested that the answer might have something to do with an unusual or singular item. I then considered synonyms for laundry, such as clothes or garments, and thought of items that are often misplaced or lost in the washing process. That’s when it came to me – the answer must be ‘ONESOCK‘. A single sock is indeed an odd item to have after doing laundry, as it’s usually accompanied by its matching partner. The fact that it’s an “odd” sock, meaning one that’s unmatched, also played into the wordplay of the clue. The crossword clue was trying to trick us by using ‘the odd thing‘ as a way of indicating that the answer is singular or unique. It took some critical thinking, but once I connected the dots, the answer became clear – it was ONESOCK. Case closed.