Thursday, May 15, 2014

One of THOSE Mothers

I was debating what to do with this place and I think I've decided to keep it. For one thing, most people who read the other blog probably don't have any desire to read about my domestic disasters but I still want to talk about them. For another, I...uh, really can't come up with another reason so we'll just go with "burning off excessive chattiness" and leave it there.

So, what do I mean by "one of THOSE mothers"? I mean one of those mothers who makes her own cleaning supplies. No, not a hippie earth mama, that's Zan. No, I'm just cheap. And lazy. And did I mention cheap? Because yes. Oh, and I HATE the smell of most cleaning supplies, even the stuff that says it's unscented. I'd much rather buy a soap scented with something I can take and mix it up with other things I already have on hand. Which leads me to today's domestic disaster.

My two basic bathroom cleaner recipes go like this:

1 part warm vinegar
1 part dish soap

Put in a spray bottle, shake it and go. It's awesome on soap scum but you have to let it sit so the vinegar can do its job.

The other recipe is for something with a little grit for scrubbing.

1 part baking soda
1 part dish soap

Work it into a paste and add a little water if it's too dry. Spread it out on whatever stain you're tackling, let it sit for a couple of minutes and rinse it off.

You see where this is going, right?

So today as I was mixing up cleaner to put in my trusty spray bottle I thought to myself, "Self, I wonder if maybe a little baking soda would give it some oomph." Well, of course it would. I poured in my 1 part baking soda and it oomphed all over the counter and the floor and what was left in the bowl didn't stop oomphing for a good fifteen minutes.

Did I mention that I knew that would happen and I did it anyway?

In my defense, I was distracted by a not-so-serious conversation with some friends. My floor is really clean, though. And it did actually work well but it wouldn't spray out of the bottle so I wound up just pouring it out onto my sponge and working it in by hand.

So I'm still not sure what's going to be happening here but, whatever it is, it'll probably be messy. You all have a great day.


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    1. You're laughing now...wait till I start posting about projects I do with the kids. :)

  2. My hubby is right there with you on the cleaning power of vinegar. He has a bottle of the vinegar stuff and a scrubbing brush in the shower that he uses after every shower he takes. Why does he do this, when bathroom clean up had never been on his "detail" before? Because with my bad eyes, I can't stand the fumes from the stronger cleaning fluids that I used to use--let alone risk getting the cleaning fluids on my hands and into my eyes. I love that man!
    P.S. Would this count as an STL?

    1. That totally counts! Your husband is awesome for taking that off your hands. I used to be able to handle strong scents but a couple of years ago they really started to bother me. Thanks for commenting!