Ever since our children have been old enough to pour their own drinks, we have been dealing with an overwhelming number of used cups. It seems that no one can remember which cup they used ten minutes before, so out comes another . . . and then another.
I think most moms struggle with the same problem. In a larger family like ours, the problem can quickly become a huge issue as the cupboard is completely empty and one entire dishwasher rack is filled with dirty cups and glasses!
What didn’t work for us
- We tried writing names on plastic cups and banning all drinking glasses. That didn’t work because the older kids preferred to use a glass. Oh, and the permanent marker kept washing off the cups in the dishwasher.
- We tried using colored rubber bands–geobands “borrowed” from the math manipulative shelf–on everyone’s cup or glass. That didn’t work, either–the rubber bands were constantly disappearing as various siblings engaged in rubber band wars.
- I even moved the cups and glasses to a higher shelf in hopes that the children would be deterred by having to pull over a chair to reach a clean one. That didn’t make a speck of difference.
I received a free set of Drinkbands to facilitate this review. Because our family loves them so much, this post does contain affiliate links to the products.
Our “dirty cup” solution? Drinkbands!
The only thing that has actually been a lasting solution for our family is Drinkbands. Drinkbands are color-coded bands that stretch to fit almost any size of cup or glass–even sippy cups! And unlike our infamous geobands, Drinkbands are available in enough colors to have a different color for every member of our (large) family.
When we received our Drinkbands, each person chose a color and immediately put it on his cup or glass. Even two-year-old Kendra knows that her color is pink. No more arguing about whose cup is whose. . . no one denying that they left their cup half full of milk. Much better, thank you.
This method really works for us! The proof? Our dishwasher is no longer half full of dirty cups every time we run it. And I love that the Drinkbands can go right through the dishwasher without stretching or discoloring.
Get Drinkbands for your family
To solve your family’s dirty cup problem, visit the Drinkbands website and find a set that works for you!