But I did date a guy whose main claim to fame is that his mom is named Martha Stewart. No relation. But apparently she's also a good cook.
And my sister is named Martha.
So this gives me license to comment on cleaning house.
And comment I will!
Because, good people, sweet followers and random strangers who have stumbled across my blog (welcome! come back soon now, y'hear? and tell all your friends!? Thanks.) - what was I saying? Oh right, because:
I hate cleaning my house. Here's why:
1. I'd rather be outside.
2. And the chemicals conventionally in use freak me right out.
So I have tended to avoid the dangerous activity altogether.
Maybe it's my over-sensitive sniffer, maybe it's years of working in the environmental industry or maybe it's the regular updates I read from the Environmental Working Group, but I simply refuse to take my life into my own hands for the sake of a 'clean' house. At least, it's been a great excuse for years.
Anyway, now that I find myself in my mid-thirties, not only have my hormones begun to balance out (thank God!) and my neck begun to sprout long hairs overnight (help me God!) I seem to care a little bit more than I did before about having a clean house.
And I don't want to die in the process.
So here's the solution - for a long time I looked to Green Calgary to guide me in terms of what I needed to know about household cleaners. I found a favourite brand that I could pick up at the Calgary Farmers Market. Great. Then I learned to make my own. Awesome. And now, best of all, I've discovered the magic BLUE BOTTLE!
|It's a love affair. I've named him 'Little Blue'|
Now it's all so easy. The bottle tells me exactly what I need to do. It has all the ingredients and amounts easily drawn onto the side. Oh, and it's basically free - I simply use ingredients that I have in my kitchen (which means it's safe, praise be! and besides, it's the only time I do use ingredients from my kitchen. See above re: not being Martha Stewart). Little Blue just nestles nicely under my bathroom sink until three months later when I'm ready to clean again - what more could a girl ask for?
(Yes, I did say three months later. That's an appropriate cleaning schedule, isn't it? Come on! A girl can only change so much - I mean, this actually causes me PAIN. Don't you believe me? See: 2 Days in Purge-atory)
Check it out - Cleaning Essentials. My new favourite.
p.s. now's your chance to win a free bottle - get on it good people!