Young children have a way of getting things everywhere, I mean in places that make you question who is raising these kids?! I experienced this A LOT with my firstborn son and now when I find things missing I head over to Emma’s little hiding spot in the corner of the playroom and find a huge stash! You know, the things like the TV remote that’s been missing the past 24 hours while you’ve had the whole family on a hunt to FIND it while you repeat those cliche sayings you vowed as a parent you would never say to your kids like, “it didn’t grow legs and walk away” “you aren’t looking HARD enough” “the remote is NOT a toy” and the list goes on…
On this day in particular, the hubs and I were heading off to bed but remembered we had to change over the laundry to the dryer first. When we opened the door we noticed a ton of gel like substance ALL over the clothes and spilling out onto the floor. I immediately knew that somehow a diaper exploded during that washing cycle. Who knows how it really got in there, it could have been one of us changing clothes and accidentally throwing the diaper into the wrong bin or maybe that lovely little toddler of mine thought she would throw it in with some clothes since her new obsession with washing machine is in full force.
What’s a girl to do? First, don’t panic. Second – GOOGLE it. Basically what we learned (at 11:30pm) was to put the clothes in the dryer as usual and those little gel beads will completely dry up and come out via the lint filter. No issues there with the clothes, they came out perfectly, who knew?
Now, the washing machine is another story. After reading a few different opinions we ended up putting about 2 tablespoons of salt in the detergent tray and turned on a normal washing cycle. The idea is the salt will dry up all that gel gunk and it completely did in the end. We have not had any further issues with that wonderful diaper gel in our washing machine and we are now paying close attention to any “ahem” foreign objects sneaking their way into the washing machine.
What discoveries have you made in your washing machine with your kids?!
**disclaimer: I absolutely recommend contacting your own washing machine manufacturer to make sure it is safe for the above instructions!