By Laurie Martin
Due to my struggles with infertility, I was the last of my friends to have a child. However, I did uncover one benefit: hand-me-downs. I cannot fully express my gratitude for all the burp cloths, onesies, clothes, bibs and toys that have been passed down to me over the past few years. I am grateful for these recycled gifts because I secretly have a hard time justifying spending money on items my child will quickly outgrow. Gently used clothing and toys not only saved me money, but also a lot of time.
Carson Tate, the owner of Working Simply called me soon after my daughter was born and asked me if I wanted her daughter’s Britax car seat. Carson was having a hard time finding a place willing to accept the carseat as a donation, so instead of throwing it away, she thought of me. And of course, I was thrilled. She was relieved it was going to a good home and I was excited I didn’t have to buy a brand new car seat!
My daughter still used an infant bucket seat because she was not big enough for the Britax car seat, so I stored the car seat in my garage for the next few months. When she was ready, my husband set about the installation process. That process soon came to a screeching halt when he saw what was behind the seat cushions. After glancing at some unidentifiable objects, he made one suggestion: get a new seat.
In the days following, I happened to drive past a company called Clean Kidz on my way home. Right away I noticed that Clean Kidz cleans strollers and car seats.
I googled Clean Kidz contacted the company, and introduced myself to Lee Phillips, one of the owners.
I told him the situation and he said, “No problem.” Just a few days later, he was in my driveway, ready to clean!
Who would have guessed what we found inside a seat that looked perfectly normal on the outside.
But once the covers were removed, lots of hidden and unidentifiable objects began to be revealed. Including raisins, bugs, and pocket change.
5 Simple Steps in the Clean Kidz Process!
Step 1-Remove the cover and shake all the contents out of the seat.
Step 2-Set up the cleaning station!
Step 3-Use an industrial steam cleaner to wash the seat, the cushion, the straps, and don’t forget-the buckle!
Step 4-Finish cleaning the skeleton of the seat
Step 5-Check out the transformation!
The seat cleaning service did not end here! Lee also taught me how to install the new clean seat!
It was a great day. I recycled. I reused. And I supported a local business.
Now, I am using Clean Kidz to clean my stroller and car seat every 6 months. You never know what finds its way into such a small space.
A special thanks to Carson Tate for letting me tell this story and for Clean Kidz for a shiny,clean car seat!