For some reason, I had a box of puppy pads at my house. I probably got them at a yard sale with the thought of using them in some way. Well, use them I have, and none of them involve a puppy!
In the Kitchen:
This has got to be the best non-puppy use ever! I’ve always struggled to contain the mess from opening fresh meat packages. On the 4th of July I was prepping ribs and dreading the thought of how to contain all the “juices.” Inspiration struck and I thought, “puppy pads would absorb the mess AND keep the counter clean." Out to the garage I went to get one, spread it on the counter, opened the package of ribs, AND, it worked perfectly! No mess, no counter clean-up, just gather up the used pad and toss it in the trash! It worked for bagged chicken also!
In the Garage:
Puppy pads work as a mini waterproof drop cloth for small messy, leak prone projects like painting or staining. Bonus, I found I could pour a little mineral spirits on the pad to dip and wipe small paintbrushes to clean them of solvent based paints/stains.
In the Craft Room:
Just like in the garage, puppy pads are great to use underneath painting and glueing projects. If you use your dining room table as a work surface, like me, it will protect it from potential damage.
In the Playroom:
My grandkids LOVE to do science experiments with Oma, which usually means spraying vinegar on baking soda under which is hidden food coloring. A puppy pad keeps all the overflow vinegar/food coloring mess absorbed, the table protected, and it makes clean-up a breeze. I guess you could always tuck one into the shirt of your 3 year old grandson to contain the mess that ends up on his shirt too!
We found them in bulk at Costco the other day!
What are some other ways puppy pads could be used? Leave your ideas in the comments below!