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All moms have found a sippy cup or three behind the couch, in the back of the car, or in the toy bin a time or two. We never forget that smell, or the effort it takes to clean it up.
Real moms know that kids are gross, and there really is nothing you can do about it, except stock up on cleaning supplies like Aquavert to save the day. Aquavert is a brand of unique cleaning and sanitizing products made from Hypochlorous Acid, a naturally occurring acid derived from salt, water and electricity. It effectively kills 99.99% of common but harmful bacteria found in the home like E. Coli, salmonella, and even MRSA.
Aquavert is made with no bleach, no ammonia, no alcohols, in fact there are no harsh chemicals, which is why it’s the best for cleaning up these horrifying messes that these moms found lurking in various places where kids dwell. So, you can disinfect until your heart’s desire, but not worry about using harmful chemicals around your kids.
Here are 21 real mom stories of messes that they stumbled upon accidentally that will prove that all moms need an arsenal of Aquavert to help save the day (and disinfect all those disgusting things we find around the house):
“I found a shriveled hot dog behind our couch. No bun, but there did appear to be a ketchup trail down the wall. My daughter explained that it “just squeezed out the bun and flew behind the couch.” – Melissa S., Difficult Mommy
“I found a drumstick covered in poop in the toy box because my 15 month old used it to scratch an itch, I’m guessing.” – Sherry W., The Messy Christian
“I found that the weird smell coming from my kids room was from my son using his toy box as a urinal…twice.” – Sarah L.
“Giant ball of poop in the closet behind the winter clothes. Like the size of a softball.” – Jessica O.
“A half eaten, rotting apple under my 3 year old’s bed.” – Jessica C.
“One night I laid down with our 5 year old at beditme and noticed something weird on her nightstand. Apparently, she had been picking her boogers and wiping them on the side of the white wood in perfect rows and columns. There were over 100 of them, like a shrine to booger-ville. I threw up in my mouth a little as I wiped it clean.” – Kristen H., KristenHewitt.Me
“I found a blanket that my son peed on crumpled up in his closet. When I asked him why he did such a thing, he said “The bathroom floor is cold.” – Heather B.
“My husband once found a rotting mini watermelon under the front seat of my minivan. I had put it on the floor so it wouldn’t fly off the seat and then totally forgot about it! For a while…because mom brain is real.” – Alysha B.
“When my oldest was about 2, he had a Winnie the Pooh scooter/airplane toy that he could ride. The seat opened into a hidden compartment. I found a giant puddle of honey in it one day. He had used it to stand on to get the honey off the counter and squirt it into that hidden compartment.” – Jessica C.
“We moved this summer and when we were packing up to move we found in a closet in the basement tv room, my daughter’s school lunch box from 4th grade. The lunch was still in there, uneaten. My daughter is a junior in college!!” – Lisa Z.
“My 13 year old DD tried to sneak a whole quart of iced cream. I walked in and was about to catch her with it, so she hid it in her closet. I found it probably a month later (moldy, smelly, ROCK SOLID, mess). I even had to throw out the spoon.” – JoAnna W.
“More than 25 leftover popsicle sticks in the space between the bed and the wall.” -Michelle H.
“A dead frog, smushed to the wall behind the toy box, and so old and dried it was thin as paper. I had to have my husband take care of it.” – Anna W.
“My youngest went through a phase of taking off her diaper. I found little drops of poop EVERYWHERE. The couch. The floor. My new mattress.” -Michelle E.
“My daughter wrote her name on our coffee table with her poop.” -Jody V.
“There was the unfortunate time my daughter smashed an egg under her pillow at bed time. She was trying to grow a new chicken for her brother whose pet chicken had just died. She forgot about it until she hopped into bed.” -Noelle P.
“My son was almost 3 and had “marbles” lined up on the coffee table…. We don’t buy marbles . I said where did they come from….. Reached into diaper and pulled out poop….. And said see ….. Y’all there was not enough bleach and Lysol in the state of Texas that day!” – Stephanie D.
“My mother in law took my girls hiking last summer. What she didn’t tell me was they brought a bag of animal bones home. Found them under their bed. Luckily they were completely cleaned of any flesh. But definitely not something you want to find in your daughter’s bedroom.” – Sheena R.
“I found what I thought was dead mouse in a basket of books in my family room. I bravely took the entire basket (books and all) out on the deck waiting for my husband to come home and dispose of it. Feeling totally grossed out, I started cleaning and looking for other signs of mice. Turns out my 3 year old had stashed some strawberries there months earlier and now they had molded….a fuzzy gray.” – Sarah N.
“My middle son is prone to nosebleeds. One night when he was about 7 he got a bad one at 3am. He came downstairs to our room for help. In the morning I went upstairs for something and stumbled upon a murder crime scene for CSI. He’d used the white wall to steady himself all the way down the stairs so finger streaks in blood on white paint. We got it all cleaned up, but we can never move. If anyone ever black lights this house I’m going to jail.” – Lauri W., Mama Needs a Nap.
“In the consul between the couches we found logs of poo. My autistic son had to go, didn’t want to stop playing his game, and problem solved.” – Jessica A.
I have plenty of horror stories of my own like the time I found a sandwich in my son’s lunch box. It had sat there the entire summer until we went to pack his lunch for the first day of school and found a black moldy mess.
I’ve always been one to want to bleach everything, but it’s so hard on your skin, and such strong chemicals aren’t good for little ones to be breathing either. That’s why Aquavert is kind of a big deal. It kills 99.99% of germs (which is actually a pretty BIG difference from 99.90% of germs… when you talk about BILLIONS of germs!)
Plus, bleach can stain clothing. I just ruined one of my daughter’s shirts when I threw a rag with bleach on it into the hamper.
Plus, Aquavert only has three ingredients – Salt +water + electricity. None of which are harmful to humans or animals.
Aquavert is a multipurpose cleaner that won’t damage marble, stainless, ceramic or other surfaces. Even when you find a petrified frog stuck to the wall.
The active ingredient of Aquavert is HOCL, which is 120 times more powerful than hypochlorite, the active ingredient in liquid bleach and it’s EPA certified.
I used the degreaser cleaner to get off some “artwork” my 5yo put on my planter. It came off easier than other cleaning products I’ve used.
I decided to tackle my son’s lunch box after that to see if it could get the caked on food and grime off of it. And, it worked like magic. The lunch box looks brand new, and doesn’t even smell like chemicals (which is nice since he keeps his food there). Plus, now I know the inside (and outside) are disinfected.
And, just as an added bonus, a couple of days after I wrote this post, my youngest drew on my bathroom walls with three dark shades of lipstick. I put him to work with some Aquavert to clean it up, and the degreaser worked like a charm. Yay for small victories!
Don’t let your kids’ disgusting habits or booger wall stop you from feeling like your house is clean. Just grab some Aquavert and get the job done all while protecting your family, too.