One of my ds's dry nites pj pants (big pull ups) ended up in the washing machine. Now the clothes & machine are covered in water absorbing crystals !!! Any suggestions on what I should do? I've taken the offending nappy thing out of the machine & I'm washing the clothes again, but the crystals are EVERYWHERE throughout the BIG load of washing. Most of my favourite clothes are in the machine for this load
All suggestions welcome. Surely I'm not the first mummy to have this happen.
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03-02-2012 15:20 #1
Nappy (Dry Nites PJ pants) in the washing machine! Disaster!!!
03-02-2012 15:41 #2-
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When I have done that I usually dry and then wash again.
03-02-2012 16:46 #3
They'd been sitting in the machine for a day (whoops!) when I noticed the problem. The first re-wash helped quite a bit, but then I tried again (without drying) and they still look dreadful. I suppose I have no choice but to try drying & washing again. Does it work really well or are they still not perfect? I've got heaps of black clothes in there and it's like there were 100 tissues in the load! They look almost white!
Anyone else had this happen??
03-02-2012 16:50 #4
dry and shake/brush/sticky roller off? Would the crystals melt in the dryer as that might get rid of them a bit better.
You'll probably have to do several washes though, and I would empty the lint thingy (I can't for the life of me think what it's called!) in your washing machine too as that is probably full of crystals as well.
03-02-2012 17:37 #5
There are seriously 50+ items in the machine (including lots of little baby clothes) so rubbing/brushing/etc them off is not feasible . I'm worried they might damage the dryer. I usually put stuff in the dryer that's been attacked by tissues in the wash and that works well, but I'm too scared these crystals will kill the dryer or start a fire.
As for cleaning the lint filter, well, there's a slight problem there ... I've never done that in my machine (which I've had for 10 years) ... not even sure where it is
03-02-2012 17:47 #6
Try splitting the load so that more water can swish through? Might help get more off??
Just keep washing them. If you can get more off each wash, it might be worth a shot!
03-02-2012 17:53 #7
No help as far as the crystals go but we figured out where the lint filter is on our machine by looking on YouTube.
03-02-2012 17:56 #8
check on the huggies website. they used to have helpful hints on there
03-02-2012 19:00 #9
Thanks everyone. I took all the clothes out and realised the lint filter was just the middle bit of the machine & I found it full of mould up the top & the fabric softener bit was completely blocked up with gunk (not mould). A rather unpleasant experience, but at least I've found it now! I've got a 'load' of hot water running now on a soak cycle to clean the machine.
I'm going to dry the clothes overnight then as per Californication's suggestion I will try washing half of it at a time. It seems that the lint from the towels/cloth nappies in the wash have stuck to the black stuff when normally it's not an issue (the towels/cloth nappies are old and don't usually give off lint anymore). So, maybe if items just have lint on them instead of water crystals I'll put them in the dryer.
I so did not need this. We found a mouse in our lounge/dining/kitchen area tonight, next to the seat where I sit & BF our dd. And more upsetting is that dh's grandma was diagnosed with cancer 2 days ago and we were told today her prognosis is very poor and she probably won't get home. I suppose all this has provided some distraction.
Now I need to go & clean up the mess that is our lounge/dining area so we can find where this stupid mouse came in!
03-02-2012 19:05 #10
Happens all the time here
Pull the clothes out, scrap as much of the crystals out as possible (put your hand in a plastic bad & use it as a glove), run an empty short wash cycle to get the rest out, hang the clothes on the line to dry so what is caught in them falls off & rewash the clothes.
I have seriously lost count of the amount of times ive washed a pull up thats been caught in PJ's.
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