There are three well known methods to choose from to clean your home’s carpets. I will list them here in no particular order of effectiveness or affordability:

• Carpet Cleaner, applied and removed by a big vacuum cleaner type device
• Dry powder sprinkled, maybe rubbed in and again, vacuumed
• Or, the use of an external steamer to soften debris with warm or hot water plus extraction

I’m sure there are more methods that require complicated machines coupled with even more uber expensive products. But wait! Let me share with you a big inside secret about how fabulously clean your carpets can be after a double application administered over a couple of hours with THE BODY SHOP’S BANANA SHAMPOO!

Long ago, in a shopping mall downtown, I had the good fortune to step into one of my favorite stores, The Body Shop. I was uninterrupted and unaccompanied for 5 soulful minutes. Even BETTER, I was able to locate a gentle, wonderful smelling natural shampoo that was potentially enticing enough to keep my son with sensory issues in the tub for more than 3 fleeting seconds. “Yes!” And for all that is good and holy that child was going to get a thorough cleaning or we were all going to drown trying.

OMG! Imagine the smell of sweet, ripe bananas – the kind of banana that makes the best of all sweet breads that even cleans your hair! You got it, The Body Shop’s Banana Shampoo.

What a wonderful bath-time! My husband jumped in the shower with both boys and they got cleaned up and smelled wonderful. It was absolutely heartwarming – and one of the more idyllic (typical) family times we’d had in a while.

A short time later… boys in their jammies, tucked in, protected by stuffed animals all around, the happy couple go back downstairs to enjoy a TV show, maybe even a cup of tea before turning in for the night. It was absolute Heaven at the end of another long, crazy day.

Kerthunk! Perfect. One or both of the kids are up running around upstairs now. “Wow, I can still smell that shampoo.” My husband says. “Okay, let’s go – double team, double time and haul them back to bed.”

Creeping up to first floor landing, we could tell something was up as the sweet ‘nana smell intensified in perfect tandem with the (deviant) giggles coming from behind the master bedroom door.

(Sucking in breath) “Oh, CRAP!” “BOYS!!, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING!” (Laughter ensued – full on, side-ripping, pajama peeing laughter)

There, all over my bedroom carpet, was The Body Shop’s Banana Shampoo. Spread with the precision of a cement mason, whipped up like egg white meringue laid at least one half bottle of the shampoo that changed the boy’s bath time forever. WHAT BIG FUN! …if you are less than 3 feet tall, naked and taking running leaps, belly down, skidding across the room.

Team Father: Arrrgh! Rinse the kids, new pajamas, no story-time, stuffed animals kicked under the bed, “gotobed, gotobed, gotobed!”.

Team Mother: Rinse the carpet as best as possible, throw open the windows and air out the banana smell, sling the extractor, work like the devil to keep from overfilling the cleaner, return with bubbles, slip on the bathroom floor, yell at the kids “GOTOBED, GOTOBED, GOTOBED!”, throw all wet clothes in the washer, mop the laundry room floor after the washer explods in bubbles……whew!


The instructions on the shampoo bottle were pretty clear. Lather, rinse, repeat. My children read that and took it literally. Brilliant little darlings.

“GOTOBED!” ~ Wendy Frye


2 thoughts on “Bananas

  1. omg! Your blog is so good and funny. I never knew all the stuff you went threw. You always seemed so together, I’m glad you have such a great husband on this journey. You have done a GREAT JOB with your boys! Love you, Jenny

  2. LOL, after 10-11 yrs of haircut partys, we have yet to hear of the bananna episode. You & your family have truley never a dull moment (I say this with a smile from ear to ear 😉 .) Now that I am being drawn in to your true life stories, I can’t wait to read the next!!! XXXOOO Linda

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