Safe Kitchen Cleaning Tip: Go, Go Game

Safe Kitchen Cleaning Tip: Go, Go Game

Tip: Use a bowl to collect kitchen waste as you prep a meal.

The other day, I was cooking and left the trash bin open to make it “easier for myself” to clean as I cooked. Within the first 3 minutes of chopping, I found myself playing the “Go, Go, Game” with my 15 month old.

You know, the one where a parent has to chase their toddler away from an open canister while saying, “Go, go!” before he decides to throw away the wallet he swiped from a nearby purse. Yep, it’s the game we play when he comes poking around while giving us the side glance before bum rushing the trash so he can frantically scavenge for the first piece of “treasure” he can yank out and put in his mouth. Needless to say, Poison Control is on speed dial: (800)222-1222.

In order to avoid playing “Go, Go” while hurriedly preparing a meal, we now use the help of a small bowl as we cook. All items intended for the trash are held in that bowl and disposed of when the coast is clear of our little sprinting bandit. All in the name of trying to keep it simple while maintaining sanity.

We wouldn’t have it any other way.





  1. How funny! He just wants to help though, Mom! 😉

  2. That is funny! My little one is not up to that stage yet, but I will definitely keeps this in mind when for when he gets there.

    • It will be a simple life saver, Melody! Let me know if you think of anything else when the little one gets to that point.

  3. LOL omg this is so true! My toddler who just turned 2, freely helps put things in the garbage.. and at first, she would put everything in the garbage.. and when she felt like it, she would return and take it back. OMG! And where I live in the world, they put everything in the garbage, but the bottles, cans, and paper. So dirty diapers, waste, food, everything in between goes in there and she assumes it’s a “holder” for things until she wants it back. UGH! This is so true in all of its suggestions. Thank you!

    • Oh man! I’ve heard stories of keys, cell phones and jewelry going missing… Thanks for sharing, Maria! It’s nice to know we’re not alone in the challenge!

  4. What a great idea! I’m going to have to do this in our kitchen….my 2 year old loves that darn garbage. Yuck. LOL

  5. Oh my gosh… this is so funny. I can TOTALLY relate!! The chasing is constant around here. Never a dull moment with these little people. 🙂


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