If you are a new parent or an old one and you have accidentally put a disposable diaper in the washing machine, then don’t worry; there are ways to fix this problem.
Some kids throw their clothes in the washer along with disposable diapers, but they don’t know how much mess even a single diaper can create?
Disposable diapers washed with another laundry for a complete cycle will leave lots of mess in the washer and on the clothes.
How to clean the mess from the washing machine?
The first thing you have to do is take a deep breath and calm yourself. You are not alone; it happened with lots of people in the past and will happen in the future as well.
It is a common thing and can happen with anyone; either they are new parents or the older ones. You might be wondering what will happen to your washing machine and the rest of the laundry? Just relax, everything will be Ok.
Steps to clean washer and laundry
Follow the below-given steps to get rid of the mess from the laundry and washing machine.
The first thing you have to do is pull the disposable diaper out of the washer and throw it into the garbage.
Now, one by one get clothes out of the washing machine and shake them to remove the gel beads. There will be too many beads but shake it and keep doing until the gel beads keep coming out. It will leave a big mess on your floor, but it is necessary to clean your clothes and washer.
It’s time to put your clothes into the dryer as you usually do. Don’t worry about the gel beads; most of them will be gone. If some are left behind, then those will be left in the lint filter.
Now it’s time to wash your washer. Take a paper towel and try to remove gel beads. It wouldn’t be easy to get all the beads out, but try to get as much as you can.
Turn on the washing machine and run the speed wash cycle. Use cold water and make sure that you are not using any detergent.
Now, add a half cup of white vinegar into the washer and run the second-speed wash cycle.
Once your clothes are dry, get them out and check whether the beads are gone or still there. Most of the clothes will be fine. There will be some gel beads in a hot sweater. You can remove them with the help of a lint roller, and all the clothes will be Ok.
Finally, it’s time to clean the lint filter of the dryer.
Oh yes, you have survived. Your clothes, washing machine, and dryer everything is Ok now. Be careful next time, and don’t put a disposable diaper into the washer.
How to wash cloth diapers?
When people decide to switch to cloth diapers, the first thing that comes into their mind is how to wash them? It is not as difficult as most people think. The first thing you can do is choose any diaper cleaning service. They will pick up your dirty diaper and return clean ones to your doorstep. It is never an economical thing. The best way is to wash cloth diapers by yourself.
If you have experience of washing jeans, underwear, towels, socks, and sweaters, then, believe me, you can easily wash cloth diapers as well. A good thing about cloth diapers is whatever diaper brand you are using; you can get the full information about the wash routine from their website. In this way, you can safely and properly wash cloth diapers.
Steps to wash cloth diapers in a washing machine
You can wash cloth diapers in just three steps.
Remove the dirty diaper and place it in a bag in which you want to store dirty diapers. If your baby is eating solid food, then there will be more mess, so it is better to toss the diaper in the toilet before keeping it in a diaper bag.
Put all the dirty cloth diapers into a washing machine and wash them in a cold cycle. It will loosen up the entire gunk, and you can easily remove it. Once the first cycle is completed, add detergent and hot water into the washing machine and run the second cycle. If your washing machine has the option of extra rinse, then turn it on and wash the cloth diapers more effectively.
Now, it’s time to dry cloth diapers. There are different directions for drying. You can dry a few diapers on the lines. Some need to be dried in dryers. You can turn on the dryer and set the heat to low to medium settings. You can air-dry pocket cloth diapers quickly while all-in-one cloth diapers take more time to air dry. Before putting cloth diapers into dryer check for the instructions provided by the brands of cloth diapers.
How often to wash cloth diapers?
It’s a good question but it depends on the laundry routine of the parents. If you are keeping dirty diapers for a long time then stains can set in and it will become difficult to get rid of the stains. If you have a full stock of cloth diapers, you can wash cloth diapers after a week. If you have a newborn baby, there will be lots of diapers at the start. You might have to wash daily.
The best thing you can do before washing your laundry is at least cross-check your washer to make sure that there is no disposable diaper in the washing machine.
Washing diapers in a washing machine is not a big deal. If by mistake you have put disposable diapers into the washer, you can wash your clothes and washer by following the simple steps. You can easily wash cloth diapers in just three steps. So washing diapers is not a big deal anymore.