I Get So Mad When…

Miles blamed Alice. Alice blamed Miles. Simon just stared at all of us. So everyone went to time out. And, yes, I felt a little bad about putting my 3-month-old in time out, but whatever… I was mad.

Mainly, I was mad because I knew it was my fault. I should have checked. It’s happened to me before, so you really think I would have checked.
I just get SO mad when a diaper ends up in the washing machine.
It makes SUCH a mess. The crystal gel stuff sticks to the clothes. It gets into all of the little holes in my washing machine. It sticks to the door. And it takes forever to clean up.
I love our laundry chute, but the kids love it too. And even though I know they occasionally send a dirty diaper down to the basement, and I should check all of the laundry before I toss it into the washing machine, I still sent them all to time out.
But not for long… mainly because they thought it was so silly that sweet Simon was in time out. And I did too.
Should you ever find a diaper in your washing machine, here’s what you should do:
  1. Demand that your children tell you who put the diaper down the laundry chute. When they blame each other and giggle, put them all in time out – even the baby.
  2. Remove the clothes and take them outside.
  3. Let your kids out of timeout. Ask them to please not put any more dirty diapers down the laundry chute. Giggle at how silly it was for the baby to be in time out.
  4. Go back outside and shake the clothes out as best as you can. Pay attention to where you’re shaking them, because you’ll get the crystal gels everywhere. Including in your hair and between your toes.
  5. Using paper towels, try to get as much of the gel crystals out of the inside of your washing machine as you can. (You won’t get them all.)
  6. Run your washing machine without anything in it.
  7. Let the clothes dry overnight outside (or wherever).
  8. Once the clothes are dry, shake them out again as best as you can.
  9. Wash the clothes again and pray that everything comes out okay.
  10. Remind yourself *again* to check every single load of laundry for dirty diapers.
The End.
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17 thoughts on “I Get So Mad When…

  1. Love, love this post. I am sorry about your laundry snafu, though, seriously. It asn't happened to me yet but it is only a matter of time. I did just wash the hubby's phone… I see now my error was not puttng him in time out for not checking his pockets before putting his laundry in the bin, LOL!

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  2. That is so funny. I too have washed a disposable diaper and all that gel stuff gets everywhere. Or, what about when you buy a cheap diaper and it busts over night and the gel stuff is in the bed. Ugh!!

    Love this. Thanks for linking up. I know other moms can totally relate.

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  4. OH my word! That's horrible! I've had diapers bust on me when I chunk them to the trash (or at my husband because it's fun) and it's NOT fun to clean up that sh*t. I feel for ya and yeah! put those kids in time out!

  5. OMGosh, I did this 2 days ago. I was so mad, because I swear I had checked to make sure there was not one in there. BUT it was hiding in there somewhere. UGH such a mess. All I did was pulled all the clothes out, wiped up as much of the mess with papertowels (like 20 of them LOL) and then ran the load all again. I did it on heavy with an extra rinse and it all came out (thank heaven).

  6. Yikes! I used cloth diapers, so it never occurred to me what a mess that gel could make in a washing machine!!! Did you know it's very dangerous if swallowed? Please be careful that no pets can eat the bits you shook out in the yard!

    I can't blame you for putting the baby in time out–sometimes, when you are freaking out, a baby is safer set aside (in a safe place) than if you're holding him!

  7. Omg, just yesterday I have the washer repairman out. After he dug three Lego Clone Troopers, a hotweel car and a handful of kleenex out of there I banned my husband from ever doing laundry again because he doesn't check. I so feel your pain.

  8. Oh man, I feel for you! I’ve had this happen too. It’s AWFUL! Almost as bad as the crayons. And the pens. And the chocolate. (Not so bad in the washer, but devastating in the dryer). We launder money a lot too, but that one makes me giggle.
    I love the baby in time out!

  9. So, my hubby knows a bit of the science to this water absorbing gel stuff.
    We haven’t tried it yet since our first is still 6months away from birth :-)

    but.
    re-running the wash cycle with salt instead of washing powder should break down the gel.

    worth a try…

  10. Three kids – I have washed at least three diapers if not more. As soon as I saw the picture, I knew it had happened to you too! A couple of them were baby diapers that ended up in the pile in laundry room somehow (I blame hubby as that is how he cleans – picks up stuff from one room and throws it in a pile in another room). Grossed me out that our clothes were possibly washed with poop- had to rewash them like three times in boiling hot. But the biggest culprit was pull-ups: the girls would pull off the pull-up within their pants or jammies and then throw the whole evil contraption into their laundry bin (read: onto the floor). At least the pull-ups don’t have as much polymer gel in them. SO thankful to be done with diapers!

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