YES, this happened! In the midst of everything else going on, somehow a pull-up snuck it’s way into a load of laundry and I washed it! It was a beady gel HOT MESS!
I take pride in my laundry skills. Mostly because I make my own detergent, but also because I have finally gotten a pattern down where we sort in the order of clothes, towels and anything else. Do you know how hard that was to accomplish with two toddlers in the house?
Imagine the fright when my perfectly laundered clothing was covered in gel diaper balls. What was worse was not knowing if the diaper was #1 or #2! This stress I can attribute to having a potty training 2 yr old in the house. She loves her independence from the diapers, but still relies on a pull-up for night time accidents.
What I really want to know is how a diaper does not blow up to the size of a small pillow if there are so many of these little things inside? Now the chemist in me is coming out, and I need to stop.
In all honesty, I should be counting my blessings that we are finally out of diapers 24/7. But, the MOM in me had to take a moment when opening the lid to this disaster. So what do I do? How do I start? What if my washer were clogged up in the process.
Well, thank goodness that some other poor souls on the web had also experienced the horror of washing a diaper and had some advice to offer.
Here is my advice on when you wash a diaper or a pull-up:
Take a minute to yourself. This can be behind a locked bathroom door, dark closet, what ever. Find a happy place and go there!
Next, once the shock has subsided you can begin picking each item out of the washer one by one. This would also be a good time to show that diaper who’s boss and put it in the trash! I would recommend putting your clothes in a garbage bag or another laundry basket, as your next step is to head outside and shake the mess out of them.
Ok – initial shock is over. Clothes are recovering from a good shaking. Feel better? This method serves as a bit of stress relief too.
Next, go grab your vacuum cleaner. If you are anything like me, we have 2 vacuums in the house. My Dyson for carpets, and a crappy brand we shall not mention for the Hot Messes we create and often need to leave no evidence of.
Go to town trying to get all of the beady gel balls out of your washer. They are everywhere, I know. Patience friend as the task will get done. Make sure you are getting around the rim, entire barrel and any cracks and crannies that exist. Perhaps a flash light can seek out the dark spaces just to make sure.
Now – run your washer EMPTY on a full wash cycle with 3 parts vinegar to 1 parts water. I would recommend an extra rinse cycle at the end. I put it right in the detergent dispenser side like you would normally do for liquid detergent. Also, we have a top load washing machine which is branded as HE. For my old school washing machine friends, let the washer fill with hot water, then add 3 cups vinegar and finish the cycle with an extra rinse cycle at the end. Both processes need to be with HOT water because this is a HOT Mess!
Now to refill the washer with your diapered clothes minus the diaper, add detergent and wash as normal. They should come out lacking those small gel balls that you were plagued with in the beginning.
I have heard of some folks taking the clothes directly from washer to dryer with the gel all over them. I must be honest and imagined opening the dryer door to a hot gooey mess. In short, I skipped this tip and did the above recommendations and made out fine.
That, my friends is how you handle the Hot Mess that follows washing a diaper or a pull-up. Don’t forget you can always go to the Huggies or Pampers website and look this info up. It’s there, I have seen it. Until the next Hot Mess…..