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I think there’s a misconception that as we have adjusted to life with ichthyosis over the last six years, we are always on the hunt.
New skin care routines, new cleaning products, new summer essentials, new types of clothing… endless options are out there when you really start looking.
The reason we aren’t always changing things up is that it can be exhausting to constantly try new things – methods, products, processes. When we find what works good enough, that’s good enough for us. Good enough means we can enjoy our days instead of making new decision after new decision, or new purchase after new purchase.
Sometimes, though, a part of our routine isn’t good enough. Or stops working well. And that was the case for cleaning the inside of our washing machine. A huge part of Brenna’s wellness relies on Aquaphor healing ointment, which we love for her skin but is admittedly a little harder on the home.
We have a dedicated washing machine for her clothing, which usually ends up like this after one of her loads:
Even my reliant go-to, Dawn dish washing liquid, wasn’t cutting through the grease enough to leave me happy with the cleanliness of the ring. When I’m trying to get the Aquaphor out of her clothes, I don’t want to put them in a big basin already filled with Aquaphor!
So then, a friend of mine told me she started working for a company that makes a product called Tub O’ Towels, which is used on grease. “I wonder if it would help with Aquaphor?” she said.
The “heavy duty” description caught my eye. Cuts grease, you say?
Whenever I see claims like that on any product, I’m all “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.” Grease we got. And I know we’re not the only ones – so many of our friends who have kids with allergies, eczema and other skin issues also love thick lotions like Aquaphor and Vaseline.
Well. I was totally sold after a single use.
Messes aren’t just part of life with a skin condition – they’re a part of LIFE with KIDS! Art projects, food, mud, stains… the cleaning with kids is no joke.
The successful trial with our washing machine was just the start of me Tub O Towel-ing practically the entire house and car this summer. Because they’re so effective, I don’t feel like I’m constantly cleaning – just a quick wipe-down and everything is good to go. And they don’t irritate Brenna’s skin at all. (After a little research, I saw that they’re safe on skin and alcohol-free/solvent-free and also contain aloe, lanolin and Vitamin E.)
I took the tub out to the car when we recently left on our trip to Tennessee (for our foundation’s family conference!) and I’ve honestly never been able to clean our minivan more quickly. The baseboards next to the kids’ seats…
…all of this came up after just one swipe:
And my center console (hanging my head in shame with this picture. Please tell me yours looks like this after a mont of summer break too??)
Just ONE towel got it looking like this…
Now I keep a couple of giant tubs in our laundry room and garage, and I snagged some individual wipes to keep in my purse and glovebox. I’ve pulled them out to wipe down car seats, leather couches, even Kindle screens and cases.
I admit I love these little Aquaphor prints. Sometimes I leave them up for weeks…months even, because they remind me of this beautiful messy life we cherish with our children. But eventually the day comes to clean them off – and make a fresh slate for the inevitable new mess!
Cleaning the washing machine, the couch, the walls…there is no more strategy involved or new routine to try. Discovering how simple clean-up is with Tub O Towels has certainly made life easier for me as a mom.