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 to throw a load of laundry in the machine. There were a few things in there already, so I added our vacation laundry to the few things that I threw in there before we left. This included the pair of pajamas that Dub was wearing the night before we left for the weekend.
I get the load going and don’t think anything more of it until the rinse cycle. I went to the laundry room which is also a bathroom and since our machine has a glass top I happened to look in to see how things were going. That’s when I saw that I had washed a nighttime bedwetter pull up that was never thrown away before Dub threw his pajamas in the laundry pile.
I love that the little man was being helpful with the laundry, but 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. Besides, who washes a diaper?! From what I’ve read, plenty of people and now I know how easily it can happen.
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The beads from the inside of the diaper were all over the clothes and the washing machine. What a mess! I also may have sworn when I realized how big of a mess this was. I may have sworn a few times, even. Maybe. I won’t confirm or deny it. (I did).
After my initial panic, I sprung into action to get this mess cleaned up. Of course, as most of us do these days, I turned to Professor Google to help me out. As usual, he came to the rescue.
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. Trust me.
- 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 laundry and my machine were good as new again. I don’t plan on having this accident ever again (who does?), but if I ever do I know not to panic. While it’s messy and looks like an absolute nightmare to clean, it’s actually quite easy.
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