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to be somewhat annoyed that DH keeps using clothes to mop up spillages?

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Pavlovthecat Wed 16-Jul-08 20:43:49

For example - this evening DD got her nightclothes wet 'washing up' just water, nothing else. I took them off her and hung them over the chair. Put other clothes on her.

DH spills some juice over the sofa. Goes out, comes back in with her nightclothes and proceeds to mop up the spillage with it! shock.

I told him not to, and he said 'why not? It is dirty anyway, I will put it in the washing bin after.

Well it is not ok because
1. It was not dirty, I washed it this morning with the other million clothes which were not dirty before you used them as a rag
2. It is not a rag
3. It is lazy not to use a rag/cloth like normal peaple
4. It means her clothes get tatty. Now I know why!

He does it all the time. Not just DDs, but will use his t-shirts, jumpers etc if they are close by. It annoys me enough when it is a t-towel, but I can accept that sloven behaviour, but to use clothes?

Please tell me IANBU?

mamachat Wed 16-Jul-08 20:57:03

YANBU - I think it is fine if he wants to treat his clothes badly but not dd's. That is not fair...

Sorry but your post did make me laugh as my dp would do something stupid like that and I too would be annoyed... smile

Actually I remember once he told me to wipe up something and use MY clothes... I went crazy and said no I would used HIS clothes if he wants me to... lol men are sooo stupid...

Pavlovthecat Wed 16-Jul-08 20:59:03

He would not dare use my clothes to mop something up.

I don't mind you laughing, as long as you agreed with me!

onepieceoflollipop Wed 16-Jul-08 21:00:32

In the circumstances you describe YANBU.

However I will admit that if I am literally about to put a wash on, and there is some sort of spillage, I may use something that is about to go in the machine to mop up. Obviously within reason, I'm thinking if the dcs were splashing in the bath for example, I might grab a vest that was destined for the machine anyway. Clearly if the clothes were clean this is inappropriate, or indeed something like a dress or new outfit.

mawbroon Wed 16-Jul-08 21:00:55


That was a big sigh of relief to once again find from MN that my DH is not the only one that does these extremely irritating blokey things.

Not only does he use clothes and stuff, he doesn't even bend down to wipe it up, so the clothes also get a big size 9 all over them too. hmm

mamachat Wed 16-Jul-08 21:02:06

Oh I agree.. I was only laughing as I know how frustrated I was, and that thinking about it now I'm wondering why men have no sense and are sooo lazy...

Pavlovthecat Wed 16-Jul-08 21:02:56

mawbroon my DH would not usually bother either, only reason he did not use his feet is because it was spilt onto the sofa!

he often uses newspaper too. It worked relatively well as an emergency measure on carpet, when we were students...but it is not effective on wooden floorboards! shock!

superflybaby Wed 16-Jul-08 21:10:01

Clothes? YANBU

My DP used our DD's comfort blankie to mop up a spillage of stinky dirty water from the washing machine filter... then left it out for DD to find... which I did not know until DD was walking around with it and DP goes 'ahhh! take that blankie off her, I used it to...' you get the gist?

Men are revolting creatures at times.

Pavlovthecat Wed 16-Jul-08 21:13:10

superflybaby did you go mad at him? shock

oi Wed 16-Jul-08 21:14:57

I do that smile. Just the nearest thing to hand really. It all goes in the washing machine in the end.

Pavlovthecat Wed 16-Jul-08 21:16:16

But oi does it not ruin it, you know by rubbing etc. DH does not just place it over said spillage to soak it up, he uses it as a wiping cloth....surely that can't be good for DDs Osh Kosh B'Gosh nightwear? Really?

dilemma456 Wed 16-Jul-08 21:22:54

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Pavlovthecat Wed 16-Jul-08 21:27:54

Dilemma - aw she sounds gorgeous! That is just what my DD would do...that is excusable!

more Wed 16-Jul-08 21:28:32

I do that too. Don't see how it can ruin the clothes, it is not as if I am scrubbing all the floors in the house with them, just quickly mopping up a spillage. It is no worse than the children spilling paint, spaghetti bolognese, or get grass stains on themselves.

Pavlovthecat Wed 16-Jul-08 21:29:38

See more dh does scrub said mess.

And he is 35, not 2!

Pavlovthecat Wed 16-Jul-08 21:30:02


oi Wed 16-Jul-08 21:30:23

like more said, it's just like using a kitchen towel just to mop up the excess liquid

besides, there's no point buying posh clothes for kids, what are you thinking ;-)

more Wed 16-Jul-08 21:32:13

I am 35 grin

oi Wed 16-Jul-08 21:32:40

so am I grin

perhaps it's a unique 35 yr old issue

Pavlovthecat Wed 16-Jul-08 21:34:21

oi great aunty thought it good to buy posh!

more Wed 16-Jul-08 21:35:27

So to all of us who are born in the year 1973 YABU smile

VeniVidiVickiQV Wed 16-Jul-08 21:37:06

oh definitely NBU. DH does this occasionally. Drives me absolutely bonkers. It's usually something he considers as insignificant. angry

superflybaby Wed 16-Jul-08 21:37:14

pavlovthecat - of course I went mad at him! I think he felt very very bad, he hung his head for a good 20 minutes after that. So he bloody well should have too!

Pavlovthecat Wed 16-Jul-08 21:42:11

more that'll be him then! He will feel vindicated, should I care to tell him!

VVVQ glad you agree, it really winds me up!

more Wed 16-Jul-08 21:48:12

with a deep voice "nooooooooooooo" you must never tell a man that he is right grin

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