Disposable Diaper + Washer = No Bueno

AntiMom’s Tip#1 – Never Wash Disposable Diapers. EVER!

If you end up in the same situation I was in the other night, where you are exhausted from going to the beach and spending the entire weekend in the hot sun and ready to collapse after you do just 1 load of laundry but then you realize as you empty the clothes from the washer to the dryer, that you have washed one of your child’s disposable diapers in with all the clothes. You want to cry, scream, punch a wall and/or slowly walk away and shut the door to deal with at a later time. Yes, that is exactly how I felt at 10:30 pm 2 nights ago. I still am not sure how my dumb ass mixed a diaper, dirty none the less(#1 not #2..) in with the clothes. It will forever be a mystery.

the infamous diaper.

Once I got over the initial shock of the situation, it now turned to damage control. How the hell do I handle the 10 lbs of wet baby clothes that are covered in tiny gross gel pellets?! Google it is – “accidentally washed disposable diaper” and the results were in abundance. I honestly don’t know what I would do with out Google, you always seem to find an answer of some sort. Not gonna lie though, it did make me feel a teeny bit better that there were others out there (more than I thought) that have done the same thing. I know, I’m terrible..but misery loves company, right?!

I powered through each listing and found some really helpful tips to clean my gel-ridden washer and clothes. I felt compelled to share these tips and some of my own to help anyone else out there who has had such a brain lapse, like myself.

The AntiMom’s Guide To The Diaper/Washer Disaster

Step 1: Admitting

By accepting the fact that you screwed up immediately will get the job done quicker. I sat on my laundry room floor surrounded by the pile of gel clothes and the infamous diaper for a good 15 minutes just trying to wrap my head around WTF I had just done. I would have been done a whole lot sooner if I wasn’t sulking for all that time. So just hold back the tears of embarrassment and frustration and power through!

Step 2: Shake & Discard

Get rid of the problem. The diaper will most likely be busted open so make sure you put it in a plastic bag and/or throw it immediately into the garbage so you don’t spill any more of those gel gooey things.


Once the diaper is discarded, you are going to need to shake each piece of clothing that is contaminated with the diaper gel individually. Try and get rid of as much as you can. The less gel remnants the better.

the shake aftermath

Step 3: Dryer Magic

Once you have removed as much as you can from the clothes, throw them in the dryer. I got this tip from the Pampers website. The gel things will dry up and fall off in the dryer and will get caught in the lint catcher. I didn’t believe it at first, and honestly was scared my dryer would end up looking like my washer. But it did work! When the dryer was finished the clothes were like brand new and no messy clean up!

Step 4: Clean Your Washer

I have a front loader and all those gel beads were stuck on the door, in the barrel and in/on the rim. It was a huge pain in the ass! I took some paper towels and cleaned as much as I could. Once done, put on a rinse cycle or cleaning function on the washer to flush out the remaining gel. I did the cleaning one, and my washer looked like new. I did it one more time just for safe keeping.

There you have it. Not as bad as you think right? I literally thought I ruined my washer and all her clothes. The only pain in the ass was the cleaning part. I was covered with gel pellets after the shaking process. So try not to panic if you are ever caught in this predicament, my friends. Hope these tips help – ya gotta pay it forward!

Until the next disaster…

- Amanda

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15 thoughts on “Disposable Diaper + Washer = No Bueno

  1. How horrible!! Baby E used to get them all over her body when she peed so much that her diaper would explode during the night!! They are a nightmare!! Glad it worked out!!!

  2. Thanks for this post! I just did this…I stood there shocked and confused for a while, then googled and this is what I found. Rerunning the load now…no way to know if that diaper was used or not :/

  3. So happy I saw this post! I couldn’t believe it had happened! My daughter must have snuck it into her laundry basket! I’ve been screwing up left and right the past couple of days, so I’m so glad this wasn’t a BIG screw up! And it was about time for me to clean my washer… Haha!

    • @anna-i felt the same way! a snow ball effect of things had happened to me and that was the cherry on the cake! hope it helped and you were able to get rid of those nasty pellets!! :)

  4. Thank you so much! Your advice is exactly what I was going to do, but I am very reassured to know that I didn’t ruin my new , expensive machine. I know exactly what I did wrong: I placed a diaper on top of the hamper to bring it downstairs, and thought “I better remember to throw this diaper out and not put it in the machine: that would be a disaster!” Yeah. And then life happened. -__- On my way to dry the clothes now….

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  6. This just happened to me (ironically in my cloth diaper wash cycle!), so thanks for the tips. I’m going to go try this now!

  7. it’s true there are a lot of sites out there about what to do if you put a disposable diaper through the washer. apparently I am the first woman in the history of humankind to not notice until I put it through the dryer also. my clothes dryer is FUBAR. help.

  8. Thanks a million! Very similar situation. Me and my 3 year old are recovering from a gastro, and I am still pretty pooped. I also felt like crying when I discovered that there was a busted pull-up that got thrown in with the contaminated gastro clothes and blanket!! I will go follow your steps immediately. And yes, Amen (despite not being religious) for google!

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