The other day I wrote about my dislike of doing laundry. Today, as I finished our weekly laundry, I began thinking of some of the ways my life is a little easier around the house.
My word for today is:
I am learning a bunch of hacks to parenting that I didn’t know, or care to know, before I had children. Hacks are, to put it simply, a way to make the mothering/parenting job simpler and easier. I am also not a huge DIY mom – I don’t like to create projects or crafts, and don’t like to make anything outside of food, so I look for easy-to-do, simple hacks.
**Let me also add a little disclaimer: this is not a promotional piece at. all. This is just a post that might help other moms who may not know of these hacks! **
Only a year ago or so, while baking, I stumbled upon a recommendation (on the side of the box) for a “healthier” version of whatever it was that was being baked. The mix recommended substituting applesauce for the oil. I have a friend who bakes from scratch and substitutes much more than I – I quickly sent her a text asking if she had ever used the substitution, and if so, what was the ratio. For those that don’t know, it’s a 1:1 substitution – if a recipe calls for 1/4 c. vegetable oil (or canola oil, or another type of cooking/baking oil), then use 1/4 c. applesauce. My friend guaranteed I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference, and she is correct! This particular hack helps ensure I feel confident in the recipes I use for my children.
Perhaps my favorite hacks come from the most despised chore in my house – the laundry hacks.
Alright, so Oxyclean isn’t completely a “hack,” but it is definitely something I can’t live without, especially with small children! I always forget to take “before and after” picture of stains that end up removed from clothing. But, I find it extremely important a parent have some sort of stain remover, and I personally find Oxyclean to smell better than bleach. The small bottle will last about a year, meaning a little bit truly goes a long way.
Since I have a horrible habit of leaving my freshly washed laundry sitting in the washing machine, I have had to learn how to get the added smell out of a couple loads a time or two. White distilled vinegar is my 100% go-to hack for laundry. When I have loads that stink, whether it is human-made stink, or “Mom forgot about the laundry” smell, my first task is to dump some vinegar into the load. Those loads get two washes – once with the vinegar (I don’t measure, I just pour), then
chased followed by a wash with the detergent I am using.
For diaper rashes, I go old-school. I refuse to invest in the creams, since none of them ever worked with my son. Instead, I use cornstarch. For my son, it has a history of helping clear up diaper rashes that even medicated ointment wasn’t able to touch. I recently had someone mention that cornstarch used to be what they used when their kids got rashes as well. Sprinkle a little cornstarch, and the bumps were as good as gone!
What are some of your favorite, tried-and-true hacks?