November 15, 2005

I'm A Bigger Neat Freak Than Gwyneth Paltrow??

duck_slime.jpgSo on Defamer today, I read how Gwyneth Paltrow is a "germophobe" because she " insists that visitors take off their shoes at her house, she sometimes wonít shake peopleís hands, and she often asks people to use antibacterial soap before they touch her young daughter, Apple."

And I'm like, what's the big deal, gossip columnists? Hell yeah, no shoes, and if a bunch of Martin's crusty Vegan roadies started pawing at my kid backstage, I'd tell'em to disinfect first, too. [not using public bathrooms? Well, maybe she just gave up looking for a changing table in there. I hear that.]

Anyway, here's my question: how germophobic is it to not want your kid's bath toys to fill up with slimy black mold? Because tonight after the kid's bath, I just won the germophobic Oscar. says to flush the toys with bleach every once in a while. Sorry, but I'm siding with on this one.

Gwyneth Paltrow Accused Of Cootiephobia [defamer]


Dollar stores exist for a reason. That reason is plastic duckies by the gross.

Speaking of gross, the mold-in-the-duckie never even occurred to me until Monster squirted his duckie and got black flakes all over the tub. Ew.

Now he prefers the foam cut-out animals that stick to the tub surround when wet. They are a lot easier to clean.

How is insisting on hand-washing and making people remove their shoes being a germophobe? Oh my, methinks my insistence on bleaching after raw chicken makes me downright certifiable.

We don't let our daughter have squirty bath toys for just this reason...

My kid is obsessed with rubber ducks. We have a whole fleet in the bathtub. I could never throw them out, there would be an absolute revolt. The bleach thing really does work, though, although you can't wait until the mildew is really bad, you gotta be preventative. You fill a bowl or bucket with water and a few capfuls of bleach, and make sure all the ducks are filled with the bleachy water. Leave them overnight. In the morning, they'll be good as new!

We have had the EXACT same problem. And bleach is your friend but I am all about "hey that was only $2 so let's toss it". I think I'm going to invest in some of those flat foam things that stick to the side of the tub.

We keep my best friend's 14 month old everyday and we bleach the squirty tub toys once a week to keep that from happening (if it does end up happening however, I'm totally with you, in the trash the trash it goes... because... umm, ew!)

And I have to agree with throkky; since when does hand washing and taking shoes off before entering one's house qualify a person as a germophobe? HA! They should follow me around for a week, they'd have a field day!!!

I just wonder if Gwenyth eats after Apple :O)

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