No mind-blowing parent hack here — just one of those mundane problems that, when solved, made a big difference. — Asha
“I liked the pasta, but it tasted a bit…soapy.”
That’s the last thing I expected to hear about my daughter’s school lunch.
I pack her lunch in an insulated container almost every day. After years of failed attempts at sandwiches and other lunchtime variety, we’ve settled into a routine of hot pasta tossed with tofu, peas, and butter or cream. It’s mild, filling, and easy to eat (this matters because she rarely has time to finish during the meager lunch period at school).
Turns out, the dish soap I habitually used (blue Dawn liquid) left a distinct taste in the container, even when rinsed well.
So, yeah, I’d been sending my kid to school with detergent-flavored pasta.
Once I gave the situation half a thought, I realized that if my daughter’s lunch smelled and tasted like detergent, she’d probably been ingesting a little bit every day.
I immediately consigned the Dawn to the laundry room (it’s works well on stains) and went out to find new dish soap. My solution: Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid “Free and Clear.”
This brand contains no dyes or fragrance, and is non-toxic and biodegradable. When I washed her container, not a trace of smell or taste was left behind.
Victory. No more soapy pasta.
I’ve since found a lunch container that goes into the top rack of the dishwasher (HALLELUJAH). But I continue to stick with Seventh Generation. I love the stuff — a few drops do the job (which is why I had loved Dawn before that).
EDITED TO ADD: A Facebook commenter called me out, saying “that’s not a hack. It’s an advertisement.” To clarify: I have no association with Seventh Generation or its PR/marketing team, and this isn’t a sponsored post. I’m just a happy customer, and I like to share recommendations for quality stuff I think is worth the money.
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