Alternate post titles:
“It’s snowing in my washing machine”
“Oh no! She ruined the laundry again!”
“Mindy will never own her own laundromat”
Yup. This happened.
I was on my game last Saturday night. I dusted, washed the floors, and threw Max’s laundry in the wash so it would be nice and fresh for his cake smash pictures that were scheduled for Sunday morning. Since I am quite officially the crowned Queen of Procrastination, I let his laundry pile up until his hamper was overflowing. In other words: all of his clothes (including the new adorable outfit I bought him for these pictures).
Sunday morning I opened the washing machine to find EVERYTHING covered in this sticky snow-like gel .
Here’s one of his bibs.
Total disaster. I called my best friends that have kids and have surely done this before. The verdict was that all of the clothes were ruined. In addition to being a procrastinator, I possess other worldly qualities like extreme stubbornness. So, not wanting to believe that Max’s ENTIRE wardrobe was destroyed in one single Mindy Moment, I began frantically Googling. I searched various responses like “the gel won’t come out of your washer ever, throw your clothes out” and ” you had better have a shop vac handy”. Yeahhhh, no. I kept searching until I saw a simple answer. Salt. Yes. Salt. I could handle that. I guess the diaper gel beads fill when liquid hits them to absorb. Salt has the reverse effect. Scientific. I’ll try it. I ran the wash again and dumped about 1/2 cup of table salt in and crossed my snow covered fingers.
It worked! Google saves the day again. The clothes weren’t dry in time for Max’s shoot, but I didn’t need to buy an entire 12-18 month wardrobe. Win. Go ahead and pin this to your “Life Hacks” board