Thursday, May 24, 2007

Green Clean?

One of the things on my To Do list for this weekend is to clean my grubby, grubby house. Ok, to be fair to me it's not that bad, but a few weeks worth of busy weekends have left it untouched for a while now. More than a few weekends really. It's tough for me to get motivated during the working week, in part because I spend a couple of hours each day in a to and from commute. The last thing I feel like doing when I get home is scrubbing the shower alcove. Or the toilet. Or vacuuming. Or dusting...

Anyhoo. I have a guilty secret. I love industrial grade chemicals when it comes to cleaning. I've tried to pretend I don't, but there's a lot to be said for thoroughness. I know, I know. I'm trying to mend the error of my ways, really I am. When I get to the end of the various toxic potions and lotions I've been using I'm going to investigate some less environmentally damaging alternatives. They can get things clean, right? Even though they leave you with all your nasal hairs intact, and don't require a welder's mask?

At lunchtime today I did of bit Google goggling and I discovered a couple of slick looking local suppliers of low impact cleaning products, Todae and Neco. My, my, but eco friendly has come a long way from its hippy origins. No muesli, patchouli and saggy boobs here (although one of them does sell masseur sandals). Todae even has a retail store just a few suburbs over from me, so it's like it's forcing me to get all green and stuff. I like to shop the old fashioned way. Finger the merch. Fork over cash money.

Maybe it's me that's no so far from my hippy origins.

[Updated - 25th May, 2007: I am clearly PSYCHIC because when I arrived home last night my flatmate had done housework! I was greeted by the aroma of lemon scented Mr Sheen! O happy, happy day.]

10 comments:

nash said...

I've been scrubbing the shower with Bicarb for years and it works. You're supposed to mix it with vinegar, but who can be bothered?

The only household chore I actually enjoy is a thorough going over with the vacuum (unlike Zsa Zsa Gabor who once said "I don't know how to vacoom")

The Other Andrew said...

Oh man, you are a much better person than me. I tried the bicarb route. You know, given that I didn't feel in doubt of burning my eyebrows off from just the fumes alone, it somehow left me feeling unsatisfied.

Kristine said...

That "Todae" shop is actually run by the Snook's old boss! After he sold out his share of the company, he took the money and started up that shop. We visited them there not long after it opened. It's really nice; a perfect fit for Glebe. He gave us a bunch of three-minute shower timers (little hourglasses with suction cups) to hand out to people, if you want one... :)

Michael said...

What's the timer for? Like I'm only supposed to spend three minutes in there? Oh goodness.

Kenyo said...

My motto regarding enviro-friendly cleaning products -- if white vinegar won't clean it, go take a nap.

The Other Andrew said...

Kris, is that timer so you can work out how long to leave the conditioner on for? I kid! But I'm with Mike, 3 minutes? Not designed by a 'mo, obviously.

Kenyo, just the thought of house cleaning makes me want to take a nap.

Michael Guy said...

I routinely shower, butt-naked, naturally--with a spray bottle of TILEX. I get a scrubby-clean shower stall and a rosy-pink body glow simultaneously!!!

Outside of the 6th toe I'm growing, it's been a good thing.

The Other Andrew said...

Mutation for fun and profit!

Michael said...

Cuz it takes me three minutes just to organize my battle plan in there. Is it an exfoliating day? Do I need conditioner? These are not decisions made hastily.

The Other Andrew said...

I understand. I get you. If it's a Special Aveda Day then you could be in there for HOURS.