***This post was written in collaboration with Kids Business Communications and Unilever. No monetary payment was exchanged and all opinions are 100% my own.***
This summer, Mr Surfer has taken it on himself to give our garage a massive overhaul, transforming it into a man cave.
Neatly tucked away is the work bench, accompanied by tools and saws. Most importantly, there is now abundant space.
A sacred shrine for the men in my life to make as much mess as they want.
Last Sunday’s rainy weather proved to be the perfect opportunity to test this makeshift haven of hardware.
Rather than have the twinions stay home, climbing walls from sheer boredom we set the first project:
Making wooden planes.
Then, came the fun part – painting them!
You know how it goes with little children. They’ll happily paint what they’re supposed to. For five minutes.
Then, they find more interesting stuff. Like facial and body parts…
I didn’t care. The exercise took up at least a couple of hours.
Give me happy, filth to their ears children over bored, screaming, whiny ones any day.
All the while, I took LOTS of deep breaths and tried to let go of my controlling compulsive tendencies.
Call it cheap therapy.
The fun was finally over. Not a lick of paint left.
I promptly stripped and dumped them in the bath.
Perhaps it was risky to let the twinions have such free reigns and access to mess.
But the entire experience was not in vain.
Firstly, playing dirty doesn’t have to be stressful. Now that we have the designated space, I no longer hyperventilate when it turns disastrous.
I also wanted to see if well known, trusted brands like Omo and Jif could also handle the aftermath.
To be completely honest (and there’s no reason to be anything but) neither product was completely effective.
Granted, I put them to the extreme test with grotty, stubborn paint.
Still, I was slightly disappointed with the results.
While the Omo Ultimate guarantees to actively lift stains that have been left to dry up to 48 hours, it wasn’t entirely the case with on of the twinions’ t-shirts.
It took a couple of washes and a 30 minute soak in hot water to get rid most of the paint.
Next was to see how well the Jif Easy Lift Bathroom spray could clean the paint off the bathroom tiles.
Again, it wasn’t a completely satisfying outcome.
After many generous applications and vigorous scrubbing, it didn’t quite finish the job leaving some paint stains between the tiles.
I have often used other Omo and Jif products without any issues. Give me the traditional Jif cleaning cream any day.
Playing dirty is a part of life.
My children are learning creative and sensory skills from making a mess.
I’m learning to cope with them.
For one reader, there’s a giveaway that includes:
- 1 x Omo Ultimate 1L ($12.99)
- 1 x Jif Easy Lift Bathroom 750 ml ($6.49)
All you have to do is:
- Leave a comment on this post and tell me: What’s the biggest mess your kid/s have created?
Terms and Conditions:
- This giveaway is only open to Australian residents
- Closing date for entries is 10pm AEST Thursday, 22nd of January.
- The winner will be contact via email on the following Friday.
- If the winner does not reply to my email within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen.
- Entries will be judged on merit and decision of the winner will be final.
In response to my concern regarding difficulties in getting rid of paint stains when using OMO, below is a statement from Unilever:
Unfortunately Paint is not something Unilever formulate the product for.
However, essentially OMO is great on common stains like:
Thanks Unilver for the additional information and promptly letting us know.