Laundry… oh how I used to love thee! Honestly, if there was one chore I relished doing it was laundry. Of course, this love was before I had a total of 3 kids, worked from home, started homeschooling, and long before my daughters discovered their inner Princess.
Halimah, or shall I say Her Royal Highness, insisted on incessant wardrobe changes. Initially I didn’t realize she was chucking the perfectly clean clothes in the hamper – but after discovering Mt. Everest in her hamper a day after I washed laundry I knew I had a problem on my hands.
As any good (and wise) mom would – I did my best to salvage the clean clothes from the pile and immediately took away ALL of her clothes (I hid the clothes in a basket and put them on a shelf well out of reach inside my closet). Then, since the only items left in her drawers were socks and panties Her Royal Highness subsequently decided a single pair of socks was not sufficient for her precious feet and started wearing 8-9 pair of socks at a time. “Away with the socks!” I say!
I quickly grew weary of all laundry – clean or dirty – so much so that I would end up with mountains of laundry to do and I’d grudgingly spend ALL day doing it. When I finally felt I had worked out a routine and got things under control life decided to throw a wrench in there and mess things up.
My husband informed that we would be having guests over for a day. Rather than do my typical loads of laundry I had to help prepare the house and food for our guests. The dirty diapers were already a day overdue and since I had forgot to toss them in the machine that morning I had a diaper pail full of dirty and super stinky diapers…. Although I couldn’t smell anything outside of the pail – I thought it best to just put the pail out in the garage and I would get to them later that night.
My darling husband ended up moving the diaper pail to the other side of the garage next to the car. Out of sight – out of mind! It didn’t dawn on me that the diapers were “missing” because I typically alternate between my diaper pail and my Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry bag and I (thankfully) have a very generous stash of diapers. It wasn’t until a few days later when the Planet Wise Wet/Dry bag was full and I needed the pail that I realized I had an entire diaper pail full of dirty diapers missing in action.
Kudos to the pail and Planet Wise Pail Liner because they performed wonderfully; never once did I smell anything funky in our garage. However, the stench once I took the lid off was on par with the stench of decomposition! Seriously, I can’t recall smelling anything more foul! I knew this load of diapers would call for some drastic measures…
With some gloves and a respirator mask I put the diapers inside the machine and said a little prayer (Please, please let the stink come out)! To play it safe I ran the diapers through 2 full heavy duty cycles on cold water – with Rockin’ Green (a full 2 tablespoons for each load – I wasn’t taking any chances). Following the cold washes I ran them through 2 full heavy duty cycles on hot water – with Allen’s Naturally (my son has sensitive skin so this works best for his skin). Then, one final short cycle warm wash with no detergent – just for good measure!
When all was said and done (a full day of washing) I opened the washing machine door (again, with the little prayer of hope) and took a sniff… nothing! HOORAY! My diapers were saved! I was relieved for a brief moment… until of course I realized I still had another bag full of dirty diapers to wash in addition to several loads of clothes! DRATS!