Girls loves clothes with glitter. Sparkles make them happy. It makes us happy when they do their own laundry without being told 40-11 times.
However, when their laundry involves washing and drying clothing with glitter, we wish they would have left their dirty clothes in a heap in the corner. If (when if you are parenting tweens or teens) you are faced with the daunting challenge of trying to remove glitter from inside your washer and dryer, use these tips to make the task easier (then hide the glittery duds so it won’t happen again).
Remove Glitter from Washer
You will need several old towels (they may have to be thrown away after the washer is cleaned) to be run through a normal wash cycle. Set the water level to its highest point and the water temperature at its hottest setting. Pour in a double amount of liquid fabric softener during the wash cycle and let the machine run through it’s entire cycle. All the glitter inside the washing machine should attach itself to the old towels.
At the end of the wash cycle, if any glitter remains inside the machine, repeat the process with a couple more old towels. It’s an exercise in futility to try and remove the glitter from the towels, so it’s best to discard them.
Remove Glitter from Dryer
Old towels to the rescue again. The worn, cotton terry cloth of old towels acts like a magnet for the glitter, that’s why they are your best bet for getting rid of the sparkles inside your washer and dryer. Micro-fiber cloths will work too.
Place a couple clean, damp towels in the dryer along with five dryer sheets and run the dryer on high heat for a few minutes. Once the inside of the dryer drum gets hot, stop the dryer and wipe the glitter off the drum with a damp micro-fiber cloth. Wear an over mitt for the glitter removal task as the dryer drum will be hot.
Clean dryer lint filter thoroughly. Repeat the process if needed. Discard old towels and micro-fiber cloth.