This post is sponsored by Aquavert. All opinions are mine.
With three tween daughters, my house is always full of kids — most of them not related to me.
They like to bake. They like to do crafts they find on Pinterest. They like to practice make up. They like to create new versions of slime. They like to eat. They like to perform hairstyles on each other that use mass quantities of industrial-strength hairspray.
What don’t they like? Cleaning up.
It always amazes me just how much brownie batter can get into a drawer or the amount of hair gel that I find on a wall. Not to mention the petri dish our house becomes due to all the germs these girls bring into our house.
This puts me in a parenting pickle. I want my kids and their friends to spend time underneath my roof, but I don’t want to feel like I live in a fraternity house.
So, I made a deal with my daughters. Their friends are welcome here anytime, but they are responsible for cleaning up their messes. Always and without complaint.
Obviously, they don’t always clean up and there is always complaining, but the threat of no more hangouts usually will spur the process along.
Unfortunately, the cleaning products available don’t always match up to their capabilities. Like when my daughter used bleach spray in her bathroom and ended up ruining her brand new bath mat . Or the fear I have that our young dog will get into the toxic spray one of the kids accidentally left out. Or when they use bathroom spray to clean our stainless steel fridge.
So, sometimes I take over just because I don’t want the hassle, which stinks for me.
I tried “green” cleaners, but I often feel I have to use multiple products to get the job done or they just don’t have the power of bleach. Plus they can be costly.
That’s why when another Chicago mom talked about this new product that was better than bleach but safer I jumped all over it. Something that kills germs, but won’t destroy my house? Sign me up!
I bought my first two bottles at our local grocery chain, Jewel Osco, but I’ve been sending friends all over the country bottles via Amazon. Although I’m often approached to hock products, rarely do I take brands up on it. I don’t like to promote items I don’t regularly use, but I have Aquavert bottles stashed in every bathroom of our house and two under our kitchen sink.
Aquavert sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but it’s been used for years in industrial plants. The main ingredient, HOCL, is the same substance produced by our white blood cells when our bodies combat infections, viruses or cuts and burns.
HOCL is basically salt, water and electric charge. Traditional cleaning products work by “poisoning” the germ with a harsh chemical. Aquavert’s formula breaks down the wall of the germ and destroys it from the inside out without ammonia, bleach or alcohols. What’s cool about that is it completely annihilates the germ, causing it unable to mutate or build a resistance to the product. According to studies, Aquavert is 120 times more powerful than bleach, so those icky school germs don’t have a chance.
That means my kids can spray away without it being harmful to themselves, my pooch, or my house! And even more important, there is no more complaining about the “gross smells” coming from the cleaning products or eye rolls because I reminded them to be careful multiple times.
It’s a parenting win-win! Now if anyone has any tricks to get them to put their dishes away, I’m all ears…