Wanted: your ickiest mom moments


This post is sponsored by Clorox.

When it comes to cleaning, I have a bit of a multiple personality. I’m all about gentle, essential-oil-scented cleaners for everyday housekeeping, but when it comes to the Big Messes of life, I don’t hesitate to pull out the Big Guns.

Take, for example, our family’s multi-generational Stomach Bug Breakout of 2007 (nicknamed “APauloba” by my clever sister-in-law Kelley, because myself, my parents, my siblings and our combined mass of children contracted this nasty bug during a visit to our unfortunate Aunt Paula’s house.)

And then the follow-up Stomach Bug Breakout of 2008, which kicked off the following New Year’s Eve and involved the same families…only this time, it was at my house.

At the first sign of puke, I ran around the house dousing doorknobs, flush handles and toilet seats with Clorox disinfecting cleaner, and I give my quick preventive action the credit for the fact that only part of the family went down that time. (Poor Aunt Paula was once again present, but this time did not succumb.)

I think every parent has a gross story that becomes legendary. I’ll never forget my mom telling me about the time she was bent over cleaning my brother’s puke off the floor, and my other brother jumped on her back…and then puked on her.

That story has been part of family lore for the last 30+ years, and though I’m sure my mom wanted the earth to swallow her up at the time, she was able to laugh – and enjoy making others laugh – telling the story later, long after she’d suppressed her gag reflex, washed her hair, and run that shirt through the washing machine a couple of times.

The kinds of things we’d never have talked about in polite company pre-kids become acceptable cocktail conversation among those who get it (and need to laugh so they don’t cry.)

That’s the premise behind the Clorox Ick-tionary, a fun wiki that features “icky” dictionary terms and definitions.

Feeling creative? You can submit your own Ick-tionary terms(I’ve got a few in the queue!) or just go read the clever ones others have come up with.

Or if you aren’t feeling up to giving them a clever name, I’d still love to hear about some of your grossest mom moments in the comments.

Because like it or not, icky moments are one of the hallmarks of motherhood – so we may as well find a way to commiserate and laugh at them.

To celebrate Clorox’s 100th birthday, the company has created a free app you can play at the supermarket with the kids. Check it out!

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