imposter in the wash

Posted on: 4 September 2012

What happens when a Pampers Baby Dry accidentally goes through a soak cycle with the cloth diaper laundry?

It swells up into a giant water-logged sausage.

I knew disposable diapers get their absorbency from a polymer gel that holds a hundred thirty times its weight in water … but whoa. No wonder crunchy granola mothers say that disposables these days are “too good.”

I’m just glad it wasn’t a poopy diaper that ended up in there. Eww.

And that it didn’t also go through the dryer, in which case it may have exploded into a mass of tiny gel beads all over the other laundry.

(Because, as I later learned, that was what happened to a friend of mine.)

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