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Hot Tip

As a parent, I'm always basically making it up as I go along. But every once in a while, I come up with a solution to a problem that is so obvious I slap myself in the big dumb face for not realizing it sooner.

Most recently, it was with my son's sippy cup. Henry never really took to the bottle, so he has been drinking from a cup from some time. But every time I went to clean one out, I got so grossed out by the slimy black mold that aggregated in the nozzles of the thing. And there didn't seem to be any way to get it out.

I tried soaking them, boiling them, trying to angle a sponge up in there, using an old toothbrush, to no avail. And then one day --eureka! I popped a Q-tip up through the nozzle, swiped it around, and all that ooze just came right off.

What stupid solutions to annoying problems eluded you for too long?


Maybe different cups would have been better. I’ve never had a problem with Mold…. But good idea.

Alexis Dill

another thing to use to get the junk out…club soda or an Alka Seltzer. Or try the old school science project “volcano” method using baking soda and vinegar – i use this to clean my bathtub!


Hi, I’m visiting from MBC. Great blog.

veronica lee

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