Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Coincidence? I think not!

So I just spent approximately 45 minutes deep-cleaning the bathroom. That includes tub, shower walls, toilet (inside and out), floor (including tile-baseboards), sink, mirror and window. Which, in fact, is just about everything (I thought cleaning the ceiling would be overkill). It was raining when I started, and now the sun is peeking through the clouds. Coincidence? I think not!

I used 409, Arm & Hammer, Tilex, Windex, Ajax, and an environmentally friendly toilet bowl cleaner. A sponge that has officially been retired and a few paper towels. Rubber gloves that turned out to have a hole in one hand, and my trusty toilet brush. I need to make some lunch, open a window and breathe a little fresh air! When I run out of all these cleaners I think I will switch over to entirely environmentally friendly products, though there is something that just feels right about bathroom cleaners that involve hardcore bleach. I've been using Clorox Green Works in the kitchen - anyone have experience with specific eco-friendly products? I read a whole Real Simple article about using baking soda and vinegar and all that, but I'm just not sure I'd be ready to go quite that far. Though I'm guessing lemon juice and Dr. Bronners won't give me a headache.

1 comment:

  1. This is my trick for bathtub cleaning (any vessel cleaning, for that matter) - fill the tub with hot water, and pour in about 2 cups of bleach (eyeball it, the water should be clear, but not swimming pool clear). Toss in anything that needs disinfecting (this is when I clean the kiddy potty seat and step stool), let it soak for an hour, then pull the plug and rinse thoroughly. If using this method for sinks, reduce the amount of bleach. I actually do this about once a month, and I never have to scrub my bathtub!

    Yes, it uses bleach, yes it uses a lot of water, but it saves my knees, back and hands. And I never have that "Ewww, I really need to clean the tub" feeling.