I can see where this is going: I’m going to have to clean the bathroom today. I’m not really a fan of cleaning, but sometimes you just have to do it.
For example, you do it when your mother is coming over to visit. Or, you do it when…well, actually, I can’t think of any other reason why you would clean your bathroom. Maybe if you’re bored and you can’t get an appointment for a root canal? Nah, I think I’d keep pressing for the root canal, rather than tackle the bottom of our toilet or our clogged bathtub drain.
But today we tackle them both. Is my mother coming over? Probably not (unless it is to drag me back to the country in case more rioting erupts in Baltimore in the next few hours). So why go digging through the toilet bowl tonight when I could be catching up on Preacher’s Daughters? Because Mother Nature is a slave driver, that’s why. Apparently, it’s not enough that I have to suffer through making her products – she wants me to do work to test them out! How is that fair? I’m trying to do her a solid by cutting out chemicals, and all she does is make me clean the bathroom. She’s ungrateful – full stop. But tonight, I press on anyway, probably on all fours on the bathroom floor with a sponge in my hand.
Last week, I tackled all-purpose cleaner and scouring powder; so, basically, I tackled bathroom cleaners. And, as I’m beginning to realize, the only way to test a bathroom cleaner is to actually put on your giant clown gloves and clean your bathroom, and, so, I prepare. The all-purpose cleaner, which should take the place of a Lysol-type product, is made from a recipe I found on Learning Herbs. It is basically vinegar, dried thyme, and (I added) some tea tree oil. The mix makes a natural disinfectant, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial surprise and can, supposedly, be used on just about anything – from the windows to the walls. Clearly, I listen to Lil’ Jon while I clean; talk abut inspirational!
The scouring powder was a bit more difficult to make – and by difficult I mean way, way easier. I thought these herby mixtures from The Nerdy Farm Wife were just the bees knees (probably because she puts them in cute jars with ribbons on them), so I decided to mimic it in my own style, with the addition of Borax and dandelion flower. It could be the easiest concoction I’ve ever made. But will it clean? We shall see.
I’d actually be really excited to try these out, if only cleaning the bathroom could be more fun. Maybe I’ll turn out the lights and put on our psychedelic, colorful showerhead, and it’ll be all like, “turn down for what” in there.