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At Least I'm Not Killing The Environment

I originally posted a review for Clean It Supply here, but I moved it to Hollow Tree Reviews because I like making things complicated, basically.

It's a pretty funny post (if I do say so myself) about a nearly disastrous play date, and my stupid neighbors. As you may have guessed, there's cleaning involved in the story, but I think it contains a gem of a lesson in there, somewhere. Under the snark.


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28 comments:

  1. But this means I can no longer get out of cleaning by using my excuse of "I would but I don't want to destroy the earth". I guess I'll just have to use my fall back excuse of "I would but I've been drinking"

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    1. As long as you don't drink so much that you destroy the earth, I think you're golden.

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  2. Your husband cleaned the toilet? I need to get my hands on these cleaners like NOW.

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    1. YES! I think they contain some sort of mind control agent. Or maybe it's the other kind of acid. Whatever, as long as te toilet's clean.

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  3. I have to say, the cleaners were (a) colorful, (2) smelled good, but not in the typical "you've just put down a last second house cleaning" kind of way - very stealthy and (iii) they actually worked as well as industrial cleansers I've used. Also, I love that you manage to promote the stuff while still telling a funny and mostly true story. Why "mostly true?" Because the neighbors only have six dogs by my count.

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    1. Ratting me out about the dog count, eh? Well, I'll let it slide, due to the fact that you cleans te toilet. (SEE? These cleaners have already saved our marriage.)

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    1. I thought I was the only one.

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    2. I heard about it accidentally on Pinterest.

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  5. Hey, I'm scared of other moms too. Thank God for social media!

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    1. No kidding! Twitter and fb make me feel like I could actually interact with people. If I wanted to. But I don't. ;)

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  6. I say you can hide a bedroom mess and even the kitchen but the bathroom is always a must to have clean, I am a nut about the yard because there is times where (obviously not for you due to neighbors) you can do all the meet & greet in the yard and if the yard is tidy then they might not come inside except to use the bathroom. This post just makes me laugh about the times I would say "sure Billy can come over but we'll pick him up so his mom doesn't want to stay & visit" By the anyhoo I have something for you on my blog, I vote everytime I come read your post but I want you to also know how kick butt great your blog is!!
    ~Janice~

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    1. You're awesome, for the award AND for the idea about confining all social exchanges to the yard - brilliant!

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  7. Were you and I separated at birth?? I, too, imagined myself being THAT mom who had all the kids over and freshly baked snacks all the time. But, despite having been a teacher, maybe because of it, I don't really like other people's kids. And if I know anyone's coming over - well let's just say the screaming and frantic OCD cleaning begins. And then when we go to someone else's house, and I see how it really is - crumbs and laundry all over the floor - I'm abhorred. Yes, terrible, I know.

    Can I borrow your organic cleaner?

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    1. You can borrow it, but instead I think we should agree to be real life friends who pinky swear never to clean for each other's visits. :)

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  8. This is why I can't make new friends. I spent so much time wow-ing the ones I have now, that I can now just invite them over to my disaster area and they still won't kick me to the curb. And if I'm crafty enough to have emergency surgery, they will even do some cleaning for me. ;) Ellen

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    1. You almost made emergency surgery sound good. Almost. :)

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  9. I tried to be that mom when my kids were young. Now they are grown and all I have are memories! ;-)

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    1. I'm hoping one day I'll enjoy the memories of my kids not having any friends without feeling too badly about it. ;)

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  10. I haven't tried many green products yet, but I have a strong aversion to throwing away any water in bottles that the kids didn't finish. I have to march outside and water something. That's my obsessive recycling bit.

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    1. Ooh, that's a good one! And helpful, too, since no child has ever EVER finished a bottle of water.

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  11. This is exactly why I hate hosting playdates. Because really, where would I start???

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    1. Exactly - glad you understand! I might just clean a tunnel from the front door to the kids' rooms and line it with large photos from Better Homes & Gardens...

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  12. Organic Acid. You had me at hello!

    I imagine that when you and I meet, we will have to write notes to each other. I will fold them into origami shapes to prolong the suspense.

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    1. I only know one origami shape, and it looks exactly like a crumpled up piece if paper.

      P.S. You said "when," not "if." <3

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    2. *Then I said "if," but I meant "of." Dammit.

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    1. Don't be too impressed - the house is a wreck again. ;)

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