Sunday, December 12, 2010

Type B disinfects

Brandon works at a hospital, and I have a toddler who, despite my very best efforts, is determined to chew on the side of the grocery cart at least once per trip. We make it through flu season on a wing and a prayer.

I've already lauded the Clorox wipe, but there are two other products that get me through the week:

The first is a carry-over from Harper's earlier days - It's a Medela Quick Clean Micro Steam Bag. A few times a week, I do a paci round-up (b/c, like Cheerios, they reproduce in our home.  They like to do it on the floor.), throw them all in this bag with sippy cups or bottles or Harper's toothbrushes, add 2 oz. of water and heat in the microwave for 1.5 minutes. It kills all of the germs! No boiling, no haz-mat suit, just.. done! You can use one bag up to 20 times!

Because they're cheap, I have multiple.  One is for adult toothbrushes,  I won't even go into the germs that accumulate on a toothbrush. ..Not that I really care, b/c I'd brush my teeth with it either way, ..probably even if it fell on the floor and I managed to get it within the bounds of the 5 Second Rule, but if it only takes 1.5 minutes to have a really clean one every now and then?  Yes, please!

I have a separate bag for kitchen sponges - although I've heard you can just stick them straight in the microwave, I give them the steam bag treatment, too.

I buy them at Target. Yes, you have to venture into the baby section, my non-baby-having friends.  Worse yet, they're in the breastfeeding section.  The good news is that you don't need boobs to buy them.  ..and if lactating boobs make you nervous or faint or wreck the mental images you so dearly love, you can buy them online. Guys, you have the right to a clean toothbrush, too..

Other thing:

Everyone knows about a Swiffer Wet-Jet. Well. . . did you know that there exists a solution for the Swiffer which kills 99.9% of household bacteria? . . . Whatever the question, dead bacteria is the answer.  Especially in light of the fact that many of us may be washing our face with our underwear.

I hope this post makes it seem like I have it together, because after a day like yesterday - when I lost a gift card, found out I neglected to pay our car insurance and cleaned poop out of the bath tub, I need a win.


  1. Hmm, I never even thought to use my leftover Medela bags for something other than pump parts. Interesting. Very interesting.

  2. Knew about these, never used them, but I've got to get them just for Danica's tooth brushes! She throws them on the floor constantly - too many times to buy a new one everytime she does it!

  3. I really hope it was Harper's poop

  4. Brianna - Go forth and sterilize :) ..It's addictive. Tiff - H carries a toothbrush around all the time. Sometimes, she'll even brush a surface (like the oven door) and stick it back in her mouth! Yuck! Paul - Ha. I don't know if I could handle it if it were anyone other than Harper.

  5. I love reading your blog. Like I said before, it's like getting a letter from you every day!