When your kids were little, did you go out and buy all the safety tools imaginable to baby-proof your house? I know we did. And with good reason, right? I swear, we must have made the Safety 1st company, and Target, a bunch of money the first year we had our little bird! I tend to like to clean or get chores done to music, and this one was a great one for baby-proofing.
It's been four years since we brought our first baby home from the hospital. Now our youngest is already two and half! We've slowly but surely been selling or donating the baby items we no longer need. This year we said goodbye to the crib. Our little bean was a too skilled a climber to keep it any longer. She looks so tiny in her twin bed, but at least we know she can't hurt herself if she falls out. She did go through a period of adjustment where she'd end up on the floor almost every night. Sometimes she'd wake up and call me, sometimes she'd just sleep on through (crazy!) Now though, she's pretty consistently in bed. We also sold off the Bob. It served us well, but our girls are big enough now that they walk or ride in a backpack style carrier if needed. The baby gate's ready to be donated and the cloth diapers ready to be posted for sale. Definitely the end of an era, sniff, sniff.
The other day I was in the kitchen and I saw these lovelies still hanging out on our fridge and oven. The straps long since were taken out, but I'd never gotten around to taking off the clips. I was a little worried about the stainless steel, and honestly, it wasn't hurting anything to leave them on, so I just kinda procrastinated.
For some reason, today was the day. It was about time!
If you've used these safety straps to deny access to your littles, you know the sticky pads on the back are pretty dang sticky. I had to first pry it off with a butter knife, then peel the remaining clip off, and was still left with a rather large amount of pad and residue stuck to fridge...on both sides...and the oven door! Not exactly attractive, hey?
Enter Lemon essential oil. Why? Citrus oils help cut grease, and stop the stick, when cleaning. Citrus oils are often the active ingredient in a lot of the newer eco-friendly cleansers, and are a great solvent for nasty, petrochemical-based gunk. They are also a perfect substitute for those commercial orange cleaners that harness the natural cleaning power of oranges (aka citrus sinensis oil) and then adulterate it with a bunch of other ick you don't want around your house.
First I soaked the remaining pad-portion with lemon oil and let it sit for a bit. Then I gently scraped it off with my trusty butter knife. I just noticed the reflection in the knife. Kinda artistic, for a picture of sticky goo and a knife I suppose!
To remove the rest of the residue, I grabbed a paper towel, added a few drops of Lemon oil, and a bit of elbow grease. I was curious if any citrus oil would have the same effect, so I switched out the Lemon for Wild Orange. That was just as effective, which made me think Grapefruit or even Bergamot might be as well, but I didn't actually test them. Let me know if you do!
After a few swipes it was obviously coming off, and in the end it was a complete success! No more random Safety 1st clips hanging about for no purpose. One more item crossed off the to-do list. One last remnant of babyhood taken down and put away.
The fridge looked fine, no scratches or discoloration, but I wanted to give it a good wipe down anyway. This is the first time we've had stainless steel and I am AMAZED at how many little hand prints end up on there by the end of one day, even one morning! I pulled out my glass cleaner because it works so well on the stainless. It's equal parts white vinegar and water, with a few drops of both Lemon and Peppermint.
By this time, my kitchen smelled great, my appliances were clean, and I was getting a little teary thinking that our little bean was our last baby. Being a mom is no joke. It is a crazy up and down every day. It's a constant push and pull. It is an overwhelming love that knows no bounds, and then a rising frustration at not being able to sit and eat your dinner in your own chair with no one on your lap. Sometimes I think about baby number three, but then I think...
"We'll just host an exchange student and gain a pseudo big sister or brother, grow our international family even more! "
Not a bad idea, hey?
Have you tried citrus essential oils on a sticky situation? Share and let us know!
I'm Tonia, a Midwesterner transplanted to Colorado. I'm a mom of two lovely littles, a yoga instructor, DIY-er, teacher, stay at home mom, and a doTERRA Wellness Advocate. I blog about a little bit of all of these and everything in between!
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