Okay, be honest! As nasty as it is…. if you have any toddlers in your house…. at some point, you have come across that mystery sippy cup that sat for a day…. or a few in a hidden hole in your house!
Well, I’m going to be honest too! It happens a lot in our house. The couch and under the beds love to eat toddler cups. Let’s not forget to mention the cups that get thrown in the toy box during clean-up!
I hate finding them! I don’t want to deal with them and in fact, it is one of Alex’s least favorite things to do – clean out those cups that have been sitting and warming the milk inside of the cup for days.
Alex wants to just throw them away when that happens. But in an attempt to be thrifty, we don’t. So I deal with them. I use to wash, rewash, soak with dishsoap, wait, scrub, wait more, scrub more and eventually be fine with using it again…. but still questioning the odor.
I don’t want to use chemicals to clean it…. these are my babies we are talking about!
Well, one day I was in the kitchen with not ONE but TWO nasty, smelly sippy cups that were found in the course of the morning chores. I was getting tired of cleaning them and thought I would just throw them away.
But then I saw my basket of essential oils on the counter as I had just used them to make more homemade cleaners. I thought to myself, “essential oils are natural, safe, safe for consumption in many cases, actually healing and therapeutic for the body, but I use them in my cleaners because they naturally kill and deodorize whatever they touch… HELLO!”
So, I have been cleaning these sippy cups like this since. In minutes, the odors are 100% gone! No long soaking, no long cleaning, no chemicals and better than before!
Basically, these are the steps:
- I just rinse out the cup in hot water.
- I then add hot water and a bit of a natural/homemade dish soap.
- I then add a drop or two of one of these 4 essential oils.
- I put the lid on and shake for about a minute or two.
- I then leave the cup on the counter for a few minutes (5-15 depending on how bad the cup was).
- Dump it out.
- Wash like normal and it is PERFECT!
Honestly, the first time I did this, I was a bit skeptical. Even though I love my essential oils and know there are doing a good job naturally, I was a skeptic because these cups get bad. I expected to still smell a foul odor. I reluctantly smelled it with a little sniff. NOTHING. So I gave it a big sniff…. still NOTHING. So I really, really took as big of a deep whiff as I could and a big smile came to my face!
So, the oils I love to use for this purpose are any of these:
- Any blend immune boosting essential oil blend
I have talked about how to very inexpensively get the first three, that I also use for my 26 homemade cleaners. For that information again, you can see this post here on a Hot Deal on those essential oils!
Well thrifty friends…. for those of you that have these sippy cups to deal with, we hope this healthful tip was helpful to you!
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