Scrubbing Day…it’s a Holiday

Ok so cleaning isn’t a holiday, but it is if you’re Pippi Longstocking. I remember getting to watch the movie The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking in elementary school because it was a free day. I don’t really remember much of the movie, except the song. One guess what it was called.

It was catchy with a little island flair. In the song she and two other kids scrub the house and get suds everywhere. Contrary to the Pippi method that the only way to clean means getting suds and water everywhere, suds don’t automatically equal clean.

I was recently cleaning my daughter’s bottles and nipples when I thought about that song. At any rate, I’m going to show you the two ways I really get her bottles, nipples, pacifier and other parts deep down clean.

First, I have to make her bottles for daycare and it saves so much time to make them the night before. The daycare requires the bottles be labeled with her name and the date so we do that as well.

I use the Medela quick clean micro-steam bag when I really want to deep clean. This bag can also be used to disinfect breast pump accessories and sippy cups. The only item that is not recommended is the breast pump piston and cylinder and the tubing. It takes three to five minutes depending on your microwave’s wattage. Plus you only need 2 oz of water.

You just need 2 oz of water for the Medela micro-steam bag. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

You just need 2 oz of water for the Medela micro-steam bag.
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You must be careful because their are vent holes on the sides so be careful. One bag can be used up to 20 times. I use a Sharpie to mark the back after I’ve used the bag.

The bags retail anywhere from $4.99 for a small pack up to $29.99 for a large pack. You can purchase a 5-pack from Walmart for just $4.92.

Now if you don’t want to go out and buy steam bags then just boil some water and let the bottles and other parts soak for about five minutes and you’re done. I boil water in my electric kettle, plug the sink and pour in the hot water. I leave it to soak and do other things around the house. Once the water has cooled I hang the bottles and nipples on our drying rack or drying mat (we have both).

Boiled water is the method we most use to deep clean baby bottles. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Boiled water is the method we most use to deep clean baby bottles.
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I admit this is the method I use the most because I can deep clean more bottles at once versus the bag, which you can only fit a few at a time, and I can soak them and walk away. I deep clean everything once a week and do a regular cleaning with our Dapple baby bottle dish liquid soap. You can buy the soap in a pump in Walmart, Target or Babies “R” Us. It’s really less than $5.

How do you clean baby bottles, breast pump or other similar accessories? Share your tips with me by commenting below or via instagram or twitter.

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Tip Tuesday: Achoo! DIY Allergy Relief

It seems as though my allergies hit me earlier this year and I’ve been trying to find relief for weeks. I could easily reach for a little pink pill but it always makes me feel foggy-headed and “dried out” so I hit the internet to see if I could find some natural remedies. I decided to share the best three I found.

The first is a cough syrup from Instructables. This season I’ve had so much sinus drainage that I constantly cough, especially at night.

Cough Syrup

What You Need:

mixing bowl

resealable container

honey

spoon

1 1/2 tsp ground ginger

1 1/2 tsp dried thyme

1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

8 TBS honey

3 TBS warm filtered water

Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients together and take 3-5 tsp a day, but take as little or as much as needed. Honey helps soothe and coat irritated membranes while ginger (either fresh or ground) works as an expectorant as well as loosens and expels mucus from the lungs. Pepper helps with chest congestion and thyme (fresh or ground) has anti-microbial properties and opens up the airways.

*Note: If the taste bothers you, add a few squeezes of fresh lemon. This will keep for several weeks in a well sealed container in a cool, dry location.


 Tea

Warm tea like chamomile  will break up the mucus in your airways and chamomile in particular, will relieve allergy symptoms. Chamomile is an antihistamine and can provide immunity toward many common allergens.

Chamomile tea is a natural antihistamine. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Chamomile tea is a natural antihistamine.
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Bonus: The tea bag can be made into a compress for swollen, red eyes.

Directions

  1. Steep a tea bag in water for three minutes.
  2. Dump the water and squeeze out the excess water from the tea bag.
  3. Refrigerate the tea bag for 15 to 30 minutes and remove from the fridge.
  4. Hold the tea bag against your eye for up to five minutes at a given time.
  5. Wait an hour before reapplying a new compress and always use a new tea bag.

*Note: Chamomile has proteins that are similar to proteins found in ragweed so those who are allergic to it should be cautious.


DIY Allergy Relief using cough syrup, nasal saline spray and tea. Don't forget the tissues. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

DIY Allergy Relief using cough syrup, nasal saline spray and tea. Don’t forget the tissues. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Saline Nasal Spray

Over-the-counter saline sprays and rinses can help remove pollen from the nasal lining if you’ve been exposed to pollen. Most people often use the spray at the end of the day. Saline nasal sprays also add moisture if your nose feels dry from winter weather.

Directions

Mix two to three heaping teaspoons of non-iodized salt to one quart of water and add one teaspoon of baking soda. It is best to use salt that has no additives. Store the nasal solution in a nasal sprayer, which can be purchased online for less than $1. Store the solution at room temperature and mix before use. If the solution stings when you use it, just use less salt.

Other Tips: Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine and be can found in oranges and grapefruit, clean linens in hot water weekly to get rid of dust mites and steaming or a hot shower breaks up congestion and flush out mucus if only but temporarily. The easiest way to steam is to pour boiling water in a bowl and drape a towel over your head like a tent. Breathe in the steam through your nose for about five minutes.