Suddenly find yourself with a load of clothes COVERED with paper or tissue? That’s what happened to me- here’s how to clean your washer and your clothing.
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Every time I get a new washing machine, they’re never fails to be some extraordinary mess within a month of purchase. Last time was an epic poop storm where somebody left dirty underwear from a potty training child on the floor of the bathroom.
It ended up going all the way through to the dryer before I caught it. So if you ever need tips on cleaning poop out of your dryer, I have a blog post on that. BTW- Try to avoid this. It’s not awesome.
Of course we moved and acquired an older washing machine and dryer. When I went to update my laundry room, we bought newer machines. And within a month, somebody’s Lego manual went through the wash with his clothing.
THE WHOLE LEGO MANUAL.
If you’ve ever had tissue go through your washing machine, you probably understand the mess that paper products create. They’re icky and they’re wet and stuck to your clothing.
In this case, multiply that mess by like a million. There was so much paper!
So here’s how I went about cleaning it out of my brand. new. washing. machine.
Step 1: Remove large chunks of paper.
Simply stick your hand in there and remove any large pieces of paper that you can grab. Dispose.
Step 2: Hold each piece of clothing over the washing machine and shake out as much paper as you can.
Honestly it’s wet so it’s going to be really hard to shake it off. You can always shake it outside too.
Step 3: Move your clothing into the dryer, making sure your lint trap is clean.
Turn heat on low or medium. WATCH CLOSELY. You want to check the lint trap every five-ten minutes and clean it out. It builds up really fast otherwise and you don’t want to start a fire.
If you didn’t have quite so much paper go through the laundry the lint build up might not be so bad, but I emptied the lint trap around FIVE or SIX times and it was FULL each time.
It didn’t look like there was THAT much paper on the clothes but apparently there was.
As you can see below, this was one of the later cleanings of the lint trap and it’s absolutely COVERED (and thick).
Step 4: While your dryer is running, take a vacuum and clean out your washing machine as well as you can.
If you wait for the paper to fully dry for a while (door open) then it’ll be sucked up faster and easier.
Step 5: Use a wet cloth or paper towel to wipe down the inside of your machine
You might need to really scrub at some areas to dislodge sticky paper.
Step 6: Run your machine through a clean cycle.
This may be a bit “extra,” but if you want to make it extra shiny and clean, run it through a clean cycle now. I skipped this- it’s paper, not poop.
Step 7: Remove clothing from dryer once the lint trap stops coming up full (and once your clothes are dry).
Once your lint trap comes up mostly empty from the dry cycle on the clothing, hopefully your clothes are now looking fresh.
You can either put the clothes through the washing machine and dryer again to get them more clean, or if they look good, go ahead and put them away. These clothes seemed to be good enough so away they went!
And there we have it.
We’re renovating the laundry room now and it’s AMAZING (it has a dog feeding station!) so stay tuned for the post and pictures about that. You can follow my DIY projects if you subscribe by email.
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Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
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