Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Going Green

Yesterday, I found out that Bob is coming home sometime late tonight! Yipee, so I figured I better get started on cleaning. I don't know why I wait until the last minute, oh yeah I remember, I am a procrastinator and I can't commit,.
Let me tell you that I love all my chemically induced cleaning supplies. I love the clean after scent. I am not GREEN. I hate the color green, but I have a friend, who LOVES being green, you know the type, they use the all natural cleaning solutions, they make their own cleaning solutions(its cheaper), they buy the bags for Publix, whatever. Besides I need those plastic bags to pick up dog poop!
Anyway, I became the accidental granola greenie, yesterday. When it came time to mop my entrance floor, I'd run out of Clorox. So I decided I would try to use water with vinegar, I was really proud of myself, not only would I be doing my part for the environment, I would also have a clean white floor. So I made my concoction in the sink, and started to mop. I mopped and mopped, and my floor was getting clean, I was also starting to like my greenness, and then I started to notice a istinct odor, I couldn't quit figure out where I had smelled it before, but it to be familar. Then all of a sudden, I knew what my whole house smelled like, I knew recognized that smell , it was a douche'! YEP, I said it, hint: water + vinegar= douche'.
My dogs walked insniffing,happily licking the floor, I started to crave a salad, it was gross! Needless to say, I won't be using vinegar for anything other than what it is for, not being cleaning floors.
So, you would have thought I'd have learned my lesson right? Wrong. Later , my friend came over to do a huge project of re organizing and cleaning my playroom. (she rocks when it comes to organizing), and when we were finished, I told her how I really needed to clean my tan leather couch. She suggested this amazing cleaner her sister makes that will clean anything and that we should try it. Another greenie.
I give her all the ingredients and she puts them together .We grab some socks from the mix matched sock pile, and begin to both clean the cushions. We look at the sock, and they are black. So hey it is a working miracle, it was cleaning the dirt, and dog goo, and whatever else was on the couch, we were impressed. I was praising this green, cheap cleaner. Until, we stepped back to admire our work and immediately noticed, this miracle cleaner did take all the dirt off, along with all the COLOR of my couch!!! Now I have a half-n-half couch! The top half is tan and the bottom half is white, yes white!!!!
Because, I went GREEN for one day, my house smells like a salad, and I have a white and tan couch! SCREW going green , my head turned all colors of the rainbow! Green was not among them! Well, I learned my lesson, I am going today to buy Clorox,Ajax,Ammonia, and a new leather couch . Now I know why they call it green, because it screws everything up, and you have to pull out your green(money) to correct it!

I hope Bob does not read this blog on his trip home today:)

10 comments:

Cpt. J's Wife said...

Oh crap, that sucks!! What was the leather cleaning concoction? I don't want to ever make that mistake - your friend must have felt horrible!! Or was your couch really white and not tan after all?? Yep, vinegar is only good for one thing.....

D's Mom said...

You should really tell your amazing organizer friend to stick to organizing and stay away from the cleaning products. I hope Bob doesn't read this blog either!!

The Pilot's Wife said...

The concoction was bakingsoda, a few drops of dish washing soda and water and you mix it until it is a paste.then rub and rinse,
Yes she felt bad, but that couch was really really dirty and it could not look any worse! Actually it looks better today/.
Also, that concoction does work great on tubs, counters, and pots. tried it today , and awesome, so maybe a am a part greenie

The Pilot's Wife said...

you know I love you girl, and dont worry I never surprise Bob with my crazy notions, or having crazy friends!! love you , No Worries,
Me

elsja said...

HAHAHAHA... I know it's not funny, but it kinda is. I'm not super green either. I like my chemical cleaning products. Does that make me evil?

Ann said...

Here's my 2 cents....I say forget green for the most part...yes I recycle, conserve water, etc. and do my part of what is reasonable...

But when it comes to cleaning, there is nothing like a good bottle of clorox, ammonia, windex,etc. You know the kind of cleaners that kill stuff. If it don't kill the germs what is the point...well, you have green stuff growing in your house...mold, fungus, crud...that is not the direction of going green I want to go...

Johnson & Johnson says they have gone and have been green with their cleaning products so I am going to trust them on that one and hope for the best.

Luv Ya,
Ann

partnerofapilot said...

Bf would have murdered me when he got home if I'd bleached the leather on our sofa! Hope Bob takes it in better nature! ;)

Ann said...

Hey Brenda -

I don't have your email address or I would email you....I just posted a great EASY recipe that your kids would love to make with you and it is actually a kinda healthy cookie...

Teryn asked me if I had the recipe and I did....thought about you and the kids on this one...check out my blog for no bake cookies....

luv ya,
Ann

Victoria's Secrets said...

I never knew what re-cycling was until I married George. We have two trash cans now, one for trash the other for the "green" stuff. It's a pain in the pass. Can I say that on your blog? Cause it is! It's a PAIN IN THE ASS! So, I'm with you, screw green!

Ann said...

How many of you live with a go-greener?....my husband (won't mention any names but "your" uncle) is also a recycler and we have more than 3 trash cans (for various things) and 2 recycle bins.

He goes green when it is convenient too..that bugs the ---- out of me. Can we start the shewoman go green hater club?? lol....