Clorox Bleachable Moments #BleachitAway and win $20k

March 10, 2014


Being a parent really means that you have to learn to roll-with-it. I have the silly flaw of getting stressed by a mess. I grew up with a mess, and pets that always were more messy than any child: so I have worked rather hard to reduce clutter and mess in my adult life (for the most part!). Weirdly enough, I have been obsessed with clean floors over clean countertops – so when we had children, and then purchased a home with very light colored carpeting – life became rather interesting. I had to learn to roll, as well as learn the secrets to keeping my floors clean! Sometimes, the best solution is a little bit of laughter – plus a bottle of Clorox® Regular-Bleach.

My Bleachable Moment:


A few years ago, Andrew and I started growing a garden a little early with the help of this Mickey Mouse Greenhouse. We watered and waited, and watered, and waited some more… and finally we were starting to see the seeds sprout.


At the time, Andrew was 3 and Ethan was just about 18 months old. So one day when I was doing something.. I forget – probably helping Andrew with something: I heard a crash. No one was crying, so I figured he just dropped a toy or something. I finished up what I was doing, and then headed on my merry way. As soon as I stepped out to the living room – I saw footprints. Dark brown footprints in my very light colored carpet… NOT GOOD.


I see Ethan sitting on the ground in the living room – playing with some toys – with dark brown feet.
So I followed the footprints, and found this:


On nice days – we would leave the sliding door open to the deck – and since we had a locked gate on our deck before the stairs – the kids could go in and out freely: mostly to play with the water table. So Ethan had apparently brought in the mickey mouse garden, and dropped it… and obviously dumped the rest of the cups out – playing in the dirt on the floor – and then got bored.


This was definitely a bleachable moment – as much of the dirt was muddy.  I know that I’ve had some other pretty amazing ‘bleachable’ moments – but none that I’ve specifically photographed, so this was by far the best one to tell. Thankfully now – we’ve got some new carpet from Carpet One that we LOVE! that isn’t so white colored – and looks so much cleaner when it’s empty!


Have you Recently survived a funny ‘bleachable moment’? Share your bleachable moment at for a chance to win $20,000 and more! All submissions will receive a coupon for their next purchase of bleach. After submission – visitors can also come back each week to vote for the best mess in the week’s Moment Showdown to determine which messes move on for the chance to win the grand prize. There are some other great prizes as well: like a weekly $50 gift card chosen by Clorox!

ALSO: There is a fantastic #BleachItAway Twitter Party happening this Wednesday, March 12th at 1pm Eastern – They’re giving away awesome prizes and sharing lots of great bleachable moments! For more details and RSVP info: Check out this post.


This post was written as part of the Bleach it Away campaign through Clorox and The Motherhood. All opinions are 100% my own.


  1. I have to say, the dirt footprints are too cute, but I’d be freaking out! Most of the time, it’s finding little stains (from food) in the living room.

  2. I remember when my daughter was little she went out to play and when she came back in she tracked mud all over our new carpet, it was horrible. Luckily, some of it came out!

  3. Oh no! Those footprints are too cute, though. It’s been so wet with snow this winter that mud is unfortunately a common sight on my entryway carpet.

  4. Those footprints made me giggle. Boys and dirt are always the perfect combo.

  5. we still get those dirty footprints, from the dogs now

  6. My son has that same Mickey Mouse Garden set. Luckily, he didn’t track those footprints in our house, but he definitely has had other moments that we needed to clean the carpet! We love Clorox since we have our share of messes around here.

  7. Ahhh! Kids, man. Destructors!

  8. I have so so so so many bleachable moments. Oy. Love that clorox I tell ya what.

  9. My son got into a big jug of Nesquick on top of the counter, opened it and proceeded to scoop it out and eat it.. smearing chocolate all over the kitchen.

  10. Those little footprints are so cute. I love how you stopped to take pictures of the mess. I thought I was the only one that did that. As for bleachable moments, none come to mind right now.

  11. Oh boy, that’s a bad one. Yikes! Most definitely it was a bleachable moment!

  12. Yikes! I hope you were able to get that out successfully! With two young boys, we have our moments here too.

  13. Oh my goodness. I think that would be enough to make me cry!

  14. My son has been wanting to do a garden and I definitely thin k we will. I’ll make sure to have bleach nearby!

  15. Oh yes, I remember days like those. Cleaning up messes like that was never fun.

  16. I have a boy and a puppy, so yeah, we have plenty of bleachable moments. 🙂

  17. Messes aren’t fun to clean up, but they usually include lots of laughter {even if not until years later when it’s become a “Remember when…?” story}.

  18. Holy crap I would DIE

  19. oh my, that is def a bleachable moment.

  20. With three girls, I have plenty of bleach moments in my house. How do kids make such big messes all the time!

  21. I learned early as a parent, you either have to laugh or cry. And laughing is more fun 🙂

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