28 June 2006

A dab of lavender dulls diaper fumes

Lauren picks up parenting ideas from movies about psycho killers:

Believe it or not, my hack was inspired by "Silence of the Lambs." [I'll refrain from making a tasteless joke about "hacks." -- Ed.]

My muscle-bound, black-belt of a husband has recently been felled by foul diapers. So foul, he has to call me in to the room to share his olfactory pain and -- hopefully -- pass off the doody duty to me.

So I grabbed up the bottle of lavender-scented lotion and put two huge dabs right under his nostrils... and voila! The man is now a diaper-changing champ. And his face is getting really smooth!

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Seriously - Unless it takes 5 minutes to strip, wipe and replace, holding your breath should do quite nicely.

Being Australians, and using cloth nappies (Daipers to those in the US), we tend to go with a quick spray of Eucalyptus in the laundry while sorting the wet ones from those needing to be soaked. The sorting process can take a little while, so the stench can get nasty, but the Eucalyptus overpowers anything. And you get the scent of the bush in your house, so that's good, too.

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