That sounds so glamorous, doesn’t it? I can assure you that Puke Buckets have indeed saved many days here at our home.
This idea came to me many years ago after I had been thrown up on numerous times… I really couldn’t even begin to guess how many times I’ve been puked on. The kids would run to the trash can if they couldn’t make it to the bathroom so I thought, ‘Why not get a trash can that they can carry with them?’. Pretty genius, huh?
There is no way to tell you just how many times these simple buckets have saved the day. They keep our house running fairly smoothly when the flu season hits as I don’t have to stop numerous times throughout the day to clean up vomit… yuck! I even keep one handy for myself as I start gagging when I hear someone else puking.
This idea is really so simple!
All you need is a small sand bucket (the kind the kids play with at the beach) or a small trash can. We picked ours up at Dollar Tree many years ago. I have seen some people use Red Solo cups. sans plastic liner, but we only do this if it is an emergency in the vehicle as they are so small the little kids have a hard time hitting the intended target.
Place a clean plastic bag in the pail.
Just use the bags you get from the grocery store as a liner for the pail. Try to make sure they don’t have any holes in them though.
Place 2 or 3 wadded up paper towels in the pail.
As much as I try to save on paper waste, I do consider this a necessary use.
Repeat for as many buckets as you need.
We have three buckets right now but I will be making more as I think the kids may have smuggled some outside to play with. Ideally, I like to keep one for each kid and one for myself because I will start gagging at the sound of someone puking!
Place Puke Buckets where they are easy to access.
Right now we usually keep them under the bathroom sink but if anyone is feeling a bit queasy they will keep one up in the loft. When we had a hall closet we kept some in there as well so everyone could get to them even if someone was in the bathroom.
Direction for use:
- If someone feels sick they grab a puke bucket to keep nearby. We try to keep some old beach towels too so they can sit on one while playing just in case they miss the bucket… it makes clean up so much EASIER!
- If they need to puke and can’t make it to the bathroom, they will puke into the bucket.
- The bucket will be emptied by grabbing the handles of the bag and tying them together, then tossing the bag into the trash can.
- Repeat the steps for assembly and the bucket is ready to save the day again.
Note: Some kids don’t like using the buckets as first but will like the idea when they realize it keeps them from getting puke all over themselves and everything else.
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