This week has a theme! We were asked to submit our cleaning tips this week. Now, my family will laugh when I say I do have some cleaning tips, but really, I do! I may not keep the cleanest house, but here are a few random tips I've used to make things just a little cleaner in my little world.
Let me start by saying I use cloth diapers. And because I use cloth diapers, I use flushable diaper liners. They're what keeps me going in my cloth diaper endeavor! Here is how I make dealing with a poopy cloth diaper just a little less messy When I change my son's dirty diaper, I put the dirty liner in a little basket I keep by the changing station. After I put it in the basket, I use the antibacterial hand sanitizer on my hands. When we're done with the diaper change, I say "let's go put your poopy in the potty!" We walk to the bathroom and watch the poop go down the potty, sometimes saying "bye-bye poopies!" (meaning I say it, because my son is only 9 months old) I have only had to touch the liner once, I've cleaned my hands quickly, and I didn't have to move his changing table to the bathroom! (And just maybe I'm getting him used to the fact that poopy goes in the potty, so potty training will go quickly!)
When I made this recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Balls, I knew it was going to get messy. I was going to have to mix crumbled cake with frosting. Luckily, I knew my hubby had a box of disposable, vinyl gloves in the garage. I grabbed some of those and mixed away. Not only did it make the cleanup practically nothing (just throw the gloves in the trash), it made it kind of fun to play around in the cake-play-do-like mix. By the way, I highly recommend making this recipe, but be prepared for a lot of mess and a divinely rich dessert.
When we bought our new van over two years ago, it had that "new car smell" and it also looked spotless. I loved it. I don't know about you, but my cars have never stayed very clean for very long. This time I thought I'd try harder to keep my new van clean. I went to Wally-world and purchased a Dusting Microfiber cloth for around $2. I keep it tucked in a bottom compartment in the van console, and pull it out every so often to dust my dashboard. Every once in a while, I throw it in the washer to get the dust and dirt off of it. I've also used it to wipe the rain off my door when I have to open my window in the rain. It has kept my dashboard clean for these 2+ years. If only I could keep my cup holders clean too!
And finally, back to the cloth diapers. I found this company when I was looking for cloth diaper tips that sold trial-run packages of cloth diapers. They included a bunch of different brands of diapers in this package so you could "test drive" different brands before you spent all your money on them. They send out a pack, let you try them for a few days/weeks, then you return the pack to them. I loved that concept, but like some others who commented on their site, wondered how they kept the diapers clean. It turns out that they strip them every time they get them back. So, I took this bit of wisdom, and strip my diapers every few weeks as well. It really helps to get the stink out. All you do is put your diapers in the washer with HOT water, dissolve some Oxi-Clean, let them sit in the water for a while (usually I let them sit for a half hour), then finish the wash cycle. I also do an extra rinse on the days I strip them, just to make sure they're squeaky clean. This has kept my diapers looking great, with very few stains.