What to Do When You Accidentally Put a Diaper in the Washing Machine

June 12, 2023

Whether you’re a cloth diaperer or not, it is likely that you will at some point accidentally put a disposable diaper in the washing machine. The good news is that this isn’t as bad as you might think – but it will still make your laundry room a little bit more messy. This article will give you tips about what to do when you accidentally wash a diaper in the washing machine, and how to clean it up quickly.

The most important thing to remember when you accidentally put a diaper in the washing machine is to remove it as soon as possible. This will help prevent it from disintegrating and clogging your washing machine or pipes. It will also prevent any unpleasant odors from developing in your washing machine.

If you’re using reusable diaper liners, be sure to take them out of the washer immediately after the cycle is finished. They’ll degrade and lose their absorbency when exposed to heat for too long. If you’re using a plastic liner, you can leave them in the dryer with the clothing for a short time if needed, but you should always remove them from the dryer before you start to wear the clothes again.

After you’ve removed the dirty diaper from your washing machine, run a normal or quick cycle with warm or cold water and detergent to remove any residues left on your clothes. Be sure to check the washing machine’s filter, and clean it thoroughly if necessary.


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