How to Get an Exploded Diaper Out of a Washer


Accidentally washing a disposable diaper in the washing machine will result in an upsetting surprise when you open the lid of your washer. You expect to find clean and fresh-smelling clothes, but instead you find shrapnel from the absorbent layers of the diaper as it disintegrated during the wash cycle. Get an exploded diaper out of a washer with a careful and thorough cleaning process.

Things You'll Need

  • Laundry basket
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Bucket
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Put on a pair of vinyl gloves then remove the wet clothing from the washing machine and place the items in a laundry basket. You will find small pieces of gel from the exploded diaper covering the clothing.

  • Scoop out the remnants of the exploded diaper from the washing machine. Remove the gel pieces from the inside of the washer and put them in a bucket. Make sure that you remove every piece of the disposable diaper from the washtub.

  • Fill the bleach dispenser of your washing machine or pour 1/2-cup of chlorine bleach into the washtub. Set the water temperature to hot and start a wash cycle. Add an extra rinse cycle to the wash cycle if possible. Wait for the washing machine to progress through the entire cycle.

  • Open the washer and examine the tub. If you see additional pieces of gel from the diaper, remove them by hand.

  • Add additional bleach and repeat the wash cycle if you found a significant amount of gel pieces after running the first cycle.

  • Shake out the clothing items you washed with the diaper outside. Shake each item vigorously to remove as much gel as you can from the clothing.

  • Rewash the clothing in the washing machine as normal.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the diaper contained feces, the clothing will contain feces as well. In this situation, you should consider bleaching the clothing if possible. If the clothing is not chlorine bleach-safe, use an oxygen bleach alternative to disinfect the clothing.

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