Disposable Diaper in The Washer, How to Clean The Mess!

Disposable Diaper in The Washer, How to Clean The Mess!

I can’t believe that after being a mom for six years I had my first disposable diaper in the washer accident just a few weeks ago, and ironically once the boys were both OUT of diapers!  Yes, friends, I accidentally washed a disposable pull-up with my laundry and it was the messiest thing I’ve had to deal with in a while. Don’t even ask me how it got there because I have NO idea!

So parents, from now on, a big word of advice from me, make sure you triple check when loading your washer, so you NEVER end up washing a disposable diaper or pull-up in your washing machine. Now, if you end up somehow accidentally doing just that like I did, then keep reading. Below I am going to share what I did to clean the crazy messy gel beads that went everywhere.

Disposable Diaper in The Washer, How to Clean The Mess!

Disposable Diaper in The Washer, How to Clean The Mess!

RELAX: Take a deep, deep breath and know that you are not alone, this has happened to other people before and will happen to more people in the future, it’s actually quite common. Also, I know that you are probably freaking out, wondering if your clothes and machine are ruined, but I promise, your machine and your clothes will be fine, the gel beads will be gone, and your machine will survive! So just breath for now and keep reading.

  • Step 1: Pull the diaper out of your machine and throw it in the garbage
  • Step 2: Pull the clothes out of the washer one by one and shake each piece to remove as many gel beads as you can, I know there are so many, but just keep shaking! You’ll floor will be a mess but this step is necessary.
  • Step 3: Put the clothes in your dryer and dry as usual. Don’t worry your dryer will be fine, the beads will mostly end up in the lint filter.
  • Step 4: Go back to your washer and use a paper towel to remove as many beads as you can. You won’t be able to get them all but try to get as many as you can.
  • Step 5: Run a Speed Wash cycle with cold water/no detergent
  • Step 6: Run a second Speed Wash cycle with a half a cup of white vinegar.
  • Step 7: After your clothes are done drying they should come out free of beads. I noticed most of my clothes were totally fine, but a couple of sweaters had some dry beads still attached. For those, I used a lint roller, and they were fine after that.
  • Step 8: Clean your dryer’s lint filter.

You are DONE! See? You survived! Your clothes are fine, and your washer and dryer are o.k. Now, make sure you check your laundry loads carefully to avoid it happening again.

Have you ever had a disposable diaper in the washer accident?

Disposable Diaper in The Washer, How to Clean The Mess!

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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15 responses to “Disposable Diaper in The Washer, How to Clean The Mess!”

  1. Maria Elena — April 22, 2017 @ 2:28 pm (#)

    Super todos los productos

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen — April 22, 2017 @ 3:57 pm (#)

    I used cloth diapers so this never actually happened to me, I’m not sure whether I’d have had a heart attack or a fit if I’d discovered something like that. Like Elva says, it’s bad enough when someone forgets a paper tissue in their pocket. At least everyone knows what to do now should it ever happen to them. 🙂

  3. Marlena — April 23, 2017 @ 6:31 am (#)

    OMG I can’t imagine the mess! Thanks so much for the tips! Pinning this one for later just in case!

  4. Calvin F. — April 23, 2017 @ 11:32 am (#)

    Nice tips to defuse the problem.

  5. AD — April 23, 2017 @ 3:43 pm (#)

    Oh wow; sounds a bit like when you fail to clean out the pockets in your clothes and end up with Kleenex all over the clean laundry. I am so glad I will never have this issue, but I will pass this onto my friend who has babies still in diapers.

  6. nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham) — April 24, 2017 @ 4:08 am (#)

    Thanks for the tips. Thankfully I haven’t done this yet, but I still have a few years of diapers left so it could still happen.
    It’s one of those things. Why, didn’t I notice? Whaaah.

  7. DebH — April 24, 2017 @ 1:30 pm (#)

    Yikes have never done that but once I washed a mat with some clothing and all of the foam backing of the mat came off and was stuck to everything. Oh what fun I had cleaning up the mess!

  8. HEIDI C. — April 24, 2017 @ 6:54 pm (#)

    This has happened to me more than once. I am so relieved when I see that the diaper has absorbed all the water (Thank Goodness for this innovation!). But when it isn’t – yuck!

  9. Kristi F — April 26, 2017 @ 8:20 pm (#)

    This info is great to have just in case! It’s easier to handle if you know how to deal with it.

  10. Stephanie LaPlante — May 28, 2017 @ 8:12 am (#)

    I didn’t realize it was such a process. Thanks for sharing the information. I’ll be sure to pass it on to my pregnant friends.

  11. Laurie P — June 4, 2017 @ 3:42 pm (#)

    I’ve heard of this happening to a few folks….always good to know how to tackle this stuff!

  12. loriag — November 21, 2017 @ 5:20 am (#)

    Oh man I hated when that happened, and it did. Thanks for sharing the hows of clean up.

  13. Naomi — March 28, 2018 @ 1:04 pm (#)

    Awesome post thanks! My first time time happening in 19 years! Oh well…nnow excuse me, I have to go clean this up! ????

  14. Lisa — August 28, 2018 @ 6:06 pm (#)

    I already dislike doing laundry as it is so these are good tips to keep in mind.

  15. Micheline — September 6, 2019 @ 6:52 pm (#)

    I can imagine the mess this would make, luckily I used cloth diapers so I never had this problem, will have to forward to my son as he is having his first child and this is a good warning.

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