As you may or may not have noticed, I am still down with the same bug that was plagueing me last week. I pondered doing a Ten Things of Thankful — SickiePoo Version 2.0, but I just didn’t feel too inspired about it. It had been pretty much the same ol’ week and I was pretty much grateful for the same things.
Before I went inpatient at our local psych hospital, my sister and Mom had helped me do a big deep-cleaning a my house. Kinda airing out the bad DSB spirits (and smells), if you will. When I was released from the hospital, I was very serious about keeping it clean and did so. The first few days I was sick, I didn’t care. About four days in, I started to care. I mean REALLY care.
Who has more time to look at dirt or grime or goo than a sick person? A trip from the computer room to the back bedroom takes you through the kitchen and living room, and right past the bathroom. And you’re walking very slowly, trying to keep your balance and (some) of your dignity. You see it all. And if you’re like me and sit very still for long periods of time, trying not to be sick, you see even more.
So I started cleaning, bit by bit. Doing this and that. Today I did even more; not because I felt better, but because I’m going maddeningly stir crazy. It occured to me that this week, there have been some Domestic Goddess products and appliances that I have greatly appreciated over the last 10 or so days. I thought that, well, since I’m still being thankful and, well, it does still cover a week, that it would be okay if I put my own little spin on it. Considering that I wrote a short novel for the intro (brain wander much?), I’ll keep the list short (only five…I feel like crap, people!) and to the point.
1) I am immensely grateful for paper towels. This week they have been used to mop up spilled drinks, clean bathrooms, and blow my nose. They have also been there for me during meal times when I heat my Ramen too hot. I have always loved paper towels, much to the chagrin of green family members and friends, but there is so much to love! I could probably do a post about the greatness of paper towels. (Don’t worry, I won’t!)
Obviously, I would LIKE to give a shout-out to toilet paper next, but that’s not really related to this post. SO, it’s not getting it’s own number, but HOORAY for good TP!
2) I am generally partial to 409, when it comes to serious anti-bacterial scrubbing, but my sister brought this (and left it here!) and it is by far the very best all-purpose antibacterial cleaner. It takes greasy handprints off walls (thanks, DSB, the welder), spiffies up bathrooms in a hurry, and it doesn’t have a super over-powering scent. We used almost this whole bottle in that one day, forsaking the loads of other cleaners we could have used. This is the cleaner I have been using in my bathroom all week, so that if a non-sickie person went in there, they might have a smaller chance of ending up sickie.
3 &4) I am probably always going to be most thankful for my dishwasher. There is nothing like having a trashed out kitchen and being able to get it totally sparkling with not a dish or papertowel in sight, if you only have a dishwasher and a trashcan. I’ve got both! The bonus is that the dishes come out super-clean and you (usually) don’t have to worry about stuff left sticking to the glasses. I use this fantastic product (in addition to detergent), because I have very hard water. Works like a dream!
5) Probably my most favorite Domestic Goddess tool is none other than the Kizzer dog. She is great about cleaning up small messes, eating the last bite of the banana, knowing when it’s time for a bone, jumping all over my dad (he hates dogs), and mostly just keeping me company. I know that doesn’t qualify her as a cleaning product, persay, but she keeps me sane, and if were to not be sane, I probably wouldn’t be cleaning. Amen to that.