AKA: Reason #847 that I’m glad I (usually) use cloth diapers.
We just got back from our road trip to Santa Fe and, of course, there was a ton of laundry to be done. One of the first things I did when we got settled back in was throw a load in the machine, adding it to the few things that I threw in there before we left including the pajamas that Dub was wearing the night before we left.
During the rinse cycle, I went in the laundry room and since our machine has a glass top I happened to look in and saw that I had washed a nighttime bedwetter pull up that was never thrown away before he threw his pajamas in the laundry pile. You’ve got to be kidding me! The last thing I ever thought I would do is accidentally wash a disposable diaper since I’m usually a cloth mom and who washes a diaper?! From what I’ve read, plenty of people and now I know how easily it can happen.
The beads from the inside of the diaper were all over the clothes and the washing machine. I may have sworn when I realized what a mess this was. I may have sworn a few times, even. After my panic, I sprung into action to get this mess cleaned up so I turned to Professor Google to help me out.
How to clean disposable diaper gel beads from your washing machine:
First of all, if you do wash a disposable diaper, don’t panic! Really, it’s easier to clean than it seems like it will be.
- Pull the diaper out as soon as you see it then complete your wash cycle.
- Put the clothes in the dryer, shaking out every item as well as possible before putting it in.
- Dry as normal. The beads will either disintegrate or end up in your lint filter.
- Wipe as many of the beads out of the washing machine as possible with a damp paper towel. Don’t worry about getting everything. I have a top loader and I’m short so I was only able to get the biggest clumps out.
- Run a wash load with as much water as possible, detergent, and salt. I used the bulky setting, a cup of detergent, and 1/4 cup of sea salt. The salt may not be necessary, but I saw someone suggest it so I tried it.
- That’s it! My machine was clean after this step, but I ran a clean cycle with Affresh afterward just to be on the safe side. Plus it was about time for the washer to be cleaned anyway. 4/11/16 – here is a more inexpensive way to clean your washer.
With one wash, my machine was good as new again. I don’t plan on having this accident ever again (who does?), l but if I ever do I know not to panic and that while it’s messy and looks like a nightmare, it’s actually pretty easy to clean. Thankfully!