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Why BOB Stroller Cleaning Sucks

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B-O-B Stroller Cleaning Service Challenges

When it comes to stroller cleaning, I’ve cleaned my fair share. I’m talking hundreds. I’ve cleaned different brands from UPPAbaby and Graco to Chicco and Bugaboo. Yet, the most challenging stroller cleaning project seems to be the B-O-B.

That’s right, BOB stroller proves to be the most difficult stroller to clean, sanitize and detail. And, for some reason, I tend to see them as very popular in Las Vegas.

BOB strollers are used by active parents–specifically moms–who may take pleasure in running, nature hikes, and other outdoor activities. That probably speaks to the rigidity of the stroller itself, being made of quality components that can take a beating (I mean really, the quality is a step above most strollers).

That popularity may also stem from FIT4MOM, a fantastic community of moms getting and staying active, as it seems many members push BOB strollers.

Despite the quality and popularity though, as I highlight below, there are several issues I have with BOB stroller cleaning. Just know that I’m not saying they’re bad strollers (they are quite good actually), I’m just saying a little design improvement would make cleaning them easier.

Top 3 Reasons BOB Strollers Are Hard To Clean

Mesh pockets

The mesh pockets on the BOB stroller trap all types of crumbs. BOB places them in the exact location where junior can tuck his cheddar bunnies without mom knowing (or discovering).

Vacuum cleaner crevice tools work a little, but often suck up the side fabric before it can get to the tight corner. The result: more-difficult-than-what-needs-to-be vacuuming requiring extra time.

Turning the stroller over and shaking it out doesn’t help either as the elastic can be pretty tight towards the top of the pocket, not allowing debris to escape.

After several BOB stroller cleanings though, I have discovered a work around for getting crumbs out of the BOB Stroller’s tight mesh pocket.

Wheels On The BOB Go ‘Round And ‘Round

Wheels are normally more challenging than other parts of any stroller. However, the wheels on the BOB prove to require more detail time than others.

The fact the wheels have a pinwheel design I think is what makes them challenging to detail. The tight corner near the axle is near impossible to get into (thank goodness for steam!).

Thanks to the easy removal of the wheels, the corners can get touched easier, but they still require removal of the wheel, which takes more time.

Handy Handlebars

I’ve cleaned BOB strollers with both soft rubber and foam handles. Each of them just as filthy as the next.

After hours of gripping the handlebars to weave in and out of pedestrian traffic, both soft rubber and foam tend to attract the oils from hands which becomes real sticky and tacky to the touch. Talk about a germy situation.

There’s no easy way of cleaning soft rubber or the foam handlebar. Using a toxic chemical will only eat away at the material and make the situation worse–a super sticky handlebar. I can tell when a chemical has been used to clean the surface too…it becomes quite evident just from the feel.

Final Word

So there you have it. The top three reasons BOB stroller cleaning is more difficult than the rest. Sure, other strollers have their issues too, but I cringe when I see a BOB stroller. The other strollers just don’t have the same issues at all at the same time.

No matter though. The price for a BOB stroller cleaning is the same as any other. I just I have to think of more ways to make the process more efficient.

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How To Get Crumbs Out Of A Stroller’s Mesh Pocket

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How To Get Crumbs Out Of A Stroller’s Mesh Pocket

If you own a BOB stroller or any other stroller with mesh pockets where your child sits, then you already know how crumbs get stuck in the corners. Fear not, this is how you clean those crumby corners the easy way. Say “goodbye” old, stale cheddar bunny.

Vacuum cleaner crevice tools work a little, but often suck up the side fabric before it can get to the tight corner. It’s no fun sucking up wads of fabric and getting frustrated with the lack of cleaning progress.

Turning the stroller over and shaking it out doesn’t help either as the elastic can be pretty tight towards the top of the pocket, not allowing debris to escape.

After several BOB stroller cleanings though, this is what I’ve discovered to make cleaning a BOB stroller mesh pockets much easier. It’s a simple thing really. Don’t smack your forehead with your palm or hit the back button after reading it either.

Are you ready?

Here’ goes…

The Secret

Smash all the debris in the pocket into the smallest pieces you can. Small enough to fit through the mesh. Then…vacuum the crumbs through the mesh. Just hold the vacuum hose to the outside of the pocket.

It works every time.

Instead of getting frustrated with the vacuum, do this first. It will save you a bunch of frustration with the vacuum.

Happy cleaning!

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How To Keep Your Football Pads From Stinking

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Don’t Be Afraid To Admit It

There is one thing that every football player knows for sure, but may not admit outloud to themselves nor their teammates for fear of embarrassment: your football pads get funky!

Your pads get smelly enough to where they have to ride in the trunk of the car and are not allowed inside the house.

Your days of embarrassment are over. Here are a few ways to keep your gear from smelling like a barnyard and also keep germs at bay that can cause infection and keep you off the field.

Air Out

Germs love dark, damp places–that’s where they do the most multiplying. By zipping your gear up in a duffle bag all you’re doing is giving germs like staph and e. coli their favorite environment.

When enough bad germs are present that’s when your gear starts getting funky and you can contract an infection. I know it’s easier to toss your pads and helmet in a bag or locker and let them marinate in your sweat until the next time you need them, but that is not a good habit to get into to.

A simple way to remember it: bad odors equal a ton of germs.

After each game or practice it is critical to let your gear air out. Since we live in Las Vegas, and the air is dry, just place your pads and helmet outside for an hour or two (direct sun and heat not required). The goal is to evaporate your sweat to give the germs nothing to eat or drink to survive on.

Spray Down

After evaporating the moisture and sweat from your pads, you are now ready to spray them down with something antimicrobial.

There are number of chemical sanitizing sprays out there, but I highly recommend against them for a few reasons: 1) ounce for ounce, they cost more than natural sprays, 2) they simply don’t work–they will not penetrate fabrics before they themselves evaporate, 3) they have proven to be contributing factors in the growth of superbugs like MRSA and 4) they are hazardous to your health–their own warning labels say so!

Alternatives I strongly encourage are natural antimicrobials like vinegar, essential oils or even probiotics.

To make your own spray you just need a spray bottle, water and mix in one of the following:

  • vinegar – 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water – the vinegar smell goes away in a few minutes
  • essential oils – 1-2 drops per ounce of water – essential oils also smell great
  • probiotics – 0.5 ounces to 32 ounces of water – probiotics can stay active for several days, so they are still working even when you put your gear back on tomorrow.

Each natural alternative works great and will keep your gear from harboring germs a lot longer than chemical sanitizers will, plus they’ll cut down on the odors that spring up from your pads.

Go Deep…!!

At least once per month, during the season, you should get your gear professionally deep cleaned.

Look for a company that specializes in cleaning sports gear using natural methods. That way you won’t suffer in the long run from doing the healthy thing by getting your pads cleaned and deodorized from time to time.

In Las Vegas, go with Germz Be Gone as they deodorize and sanitize sports gear using steam and probiotics so there aren’t any nasty side-effects from the cleaning process. For the ultimate convenience, they are a mobile service and make house calls. They even offer team discounts. Check out their prices.

Bad Odor = A Ton Of Germs

Whether you play football or any other sport where you sweat in pads, the above techniques can be used to help save you embarrassment and keep you healthy and active.

Use these techniques every time you take off your pads. Remember to:

Can you imagine your locker room where all of your teammates keep their gear free from germs and odors? How much better would the locker room smell? How many more players reduce the risk of infection and stay healthier during the season (football is played in the heart of flu season)? How much better will your season be?

Onward to glory!


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A Few Tips For Parents With Kids Who Get Car Sick

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Those dreaded words are hurled from the backseat, “Mom! My tummy hurts!”

Before you can take your eyes off the road, you try to imagine what the issue could be. You run down a list of questions to ask your child as your vehicle cruises down the street:

  • Do you have to poop?
  • Do you have to burp?
  • Would you like some fresh air?
  • When was the last time you had a sip of water?
  • Do you have to throw up?

Remembering you let your child watch their tablet to entice them to get in the car seat without a fuss, you glance in the review mirror and gently advise them to put the tablet down and look out the window. Half a minute goes by, your child’s tummy feels better, and disaster is averted…for now.

But what happens if your go-to technique doesn’t work? Here are a few tips to help with being car sick (for your child or any one else). No matter the case, if your child has frequent bouts with car sickness, go to the dollar store and load up on plastic buckets (plastic bags are a hazard!).

Tips To Help With Motion Sickness

Look Out The Window – staring at the horizon helps quite a bit. If your child is too small to see the horizon out of the window, have them pick a cloud to focus on.

Crack A Window – who doesn’t like a little fresh air when feeling “off.” Sometimes the caress of fresh air can settle the mind and body.

Chew Some Natural Gum – natural because there’s no toxic chemicals to make matters worse. Gum for the chewing action to help resolve the conflict between vision and balance.

Carry Ginger Water To Drink – I know what you’re thinking: “who carries around ginger water?” If you have a Filipino mother-in-law like I do, you’d be surprised. You should probably carry drinking water with you at all times any way (I live in the desert). To make a tasty, sugar-free ginger drink simply cut a knob off of some fresh ginger (it doesn’t take much) and toss it in your water. The flavor will infuse throughout the day. To expedite the infusion you can simply boil water with ginger, reduce it down to concentrate the flavor, then use the concentrate to flavor water in the future. Voila! Sugar-free ginger water.

Dissolve A Ginger Drop In The Mouth – no water, just carry some ginger drops with you.

Acupressure – you can probably learn a few different acupressure points to use in your everyday life. Here are a few neat links about the acupressure point for car sickness.

Get Professional Help

If, however, your attempts to prevent motion sickness are unsuccessful, you can always hire this amazing, professional service which specializes in cleaning car seats, strollers and other gear that sees life’s unfortunate events.

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How To Keep Your Hockey Gear From Stinking

How To Keep Your Hockey Gear From Stinking

There is one thing that every hockey player knows for sure, but will not admit outloud to themselves nor their teammates for cause of embarrassment: your gear gets funky! Your pads get smelly enough to where they have to ride in the trunk of the car and are not allowed inside the house. Your days of embarrassment are over. Here are a few ways to keep your gear from smelling like a barnyard and also keep germs at bay that can cause infection and keep you out of competition.

Air Out

Germs love dark, damp places–that’s where they do the most multiplying. By zipping your gear up in a bag all you’re doing is giving germs like staph and e. coli their favorite environment. When enough bad germs are present that’s when your gear starts getting funky and you can get sick. I know it’s easier to toss your pads and skates in a bag and let them marinate in your sweat until the next time you need them, but that is not a good habit to get into to. A simple way to remember it: bad odors equal a ton of germs. After each game or practice it is critical to let your gear air out. Since we live in Las Vegas, and the air is dry, just place them outside for an hour or two (direct sun not required). The goal is to evaporate your sweat to give the germs nothing to eat and survive on.

Spray Down

After evaporating your sweat from your pads, you are now ready to spray your pads down with something antimicrobial. There are number of chemical sanitizing sprays out there, but I highly recommend against them for a few reasons: 1) ounce for ounce, they cost more than natural sprays, 2) they simply don’t work–they will not penetrate fabrics before they themselves evaporate, 3) they have proven to be contributing factors in the growth of superbugs like MRSA and 4) they are hazardous to your health–their own warning labels say so!

Alternatives I strongly encourage are natural antimicrobials like vinegar, essential oils or even probiotics. To make your own spray you just need a spray bottle, water and mix in one of the following:

  • vinegar – 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water – the vinegar smell goes away in a few minutes
  • essential oils – 1-2 drops per ounce of water – essential oils smell great
  • probiotics – 0.5 ounces to 32 ounces of water – probiotics can stay active for several days, so they are still working even when you put your gear back on.

Each alternative works great and will keep your gear from harboring germs a lot longer than chemical sanitizers will, plus they’ll cut down on the odors that spring up from your pads.

Go Deep

At least once per month, during the season, you should get your gear professionally deep cleaned. Look for a company that specializes in cleaning sports gear using natural methods. That way you won’t suffer in the long run from doing the healthy thing by getting your pads cleaned and deodorized from time to time. In Las Vegas, the only company I know of that cleans sports gear is Germz Be Gone. They use steam and probiotics to sanitize and deodorize your gear naturally. For the ultimate convenience, they are a mobile service and come to you. They even offer team discounts. Check out their prices. For $5 off for first-time customers use code: SAVE5.

Bad Odor = A Ton Of Germs

Whether you play hockey or any other sport where you sweat in pads the above techniques can be used to help save you embarrassment and keep you healthy and active. Please use these techniques every time you take off your pads. Remember to air out, spray down and get your gear professionally cleaned every now and then.