Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer Goals: Make household cleaning products

I'm kind of a clean-freak.

I blame my mother.

I grew up in a house that was pretty much always spotless; my mom was obsessed with clean floors, and it seems that she passed that OCD gene onto me. I love vacuuming (I love you Dyson!) and I try to keep our linoleum floors as clean as possible (this is difficult when I'm the only one in the house who cares about such things. I remember before we got married when Jeff was living in NY and being shocked at how dirty their bathroom floor was...) 

Though I don't mind regular household cleaning products, when it comes to things that my kids interact with regularly (bathtub, bathroom sink, floors) I have been trying to be conscious of limiting their exposure to toxic chemicals and such. So, here's what I've been trying to use to clean in those areas:
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Water
  • That's it.
I still use the regular, store-bought stuff, but using the concoctions from here is great, because it's not only safer but much cheaper. :)

And for those of you who don't care at all about how I clean my house, here's a picture of Jeff's old, before-we-got-married apartment, dug up from the depths of our computer files. (It doesn't really have anything to do with household cleaning products but remember when I mentioned how it wasn't very clean, way back in paragraph 3???) I don't know why Jeff took a picture of me looking like I'm praying. Maybe I'm meditating in the midst of all the mess...

4 comments:

Jeff Locke said...

Dude, that isn't even messy. You should see my old roommate's room. You couldn't even get the door open.

Bethany said...

::laughing:: "It is not good for man to be along..."

DNA's Adventures said...

*sigh* i have to agree with jeff...it kinda looks like my apartment does on a daily basis....oh well - i call it, organized chaos =)

jyang said...

seriously, that's not that messy - esp for a guy?! i have a bit of ocd too and i do have a mix of non-toxic and regular cleaning agents but feel the non-toxic never leaves it looking as "clean" as the reg one's ;)!