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:
- 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.
- Remove the clothes and take them outside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Run your washing machine without anything in it.
- Let the clothes dry overnight outside (or wherever).
- Once the clothes are dry, shake them out again as best as you can.
- Wash the clothes again and pray that everything comes out okay.
- Remind yourself *again* to check every single load of laundry for dirty diapers.