I will spare you details of the rings of stubborn filth my washing machine has accumulated these days, nor the amount of sand that sprinkles from the lint holder onto my washing machine when removing to empty. Ugh!–sand is always an issue around our nest and can accumulate considerably if not handled promptly. Even when we take the precautions of pouring out the sand from their little shoes or brushing off any debris collected from the school playground, beaches or nature parks before we step foot into our home–it’s inevitable that those tiny grains find their way into our nest.
The washing machine, our trusty white steed, thankfully collects most of it so it’s doubtful we will see the grit anywhere else right? Well, it’s not always the case that my little dears remember to peel off their soiled socks or pants before jumping onto the bed. We don’t have a trampoline so this is their makeshift one and why not get a few more hurrahs into the day before dinner and bedtime!
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And let us not forget the dryer. If you have a stackable washing machine and dryer, then remember to close the lid of the washing machine before pulling out the lint trap or else all that cleaning will be in vain. I now do regular wipe-downs of the machine. I simply reuse the dishcloth I had used to clean off the counters after dinner. I throw the damp, still heavenly smelling of Herbs de Provence cloth onto the washer for the next wash so why not expend the extra thirty seconds of wiping down the washing machine of any leftover sand or debris. As long as we continue our playful lifestyle this is my tiny daily sacrifice to heed.