What kind of cleaning products do you use around the house? (I am guessing you use something natural and/or homemade. I am thinking of making my own, but I'm hesitant to invest a lot of money into it at first, and I've heard essential oils are kind of expensive. Do you have any simple recipes?)
As an all purpose cleaner, I'm currently using up a bottle that my mom gifted me from this company. I don't recommend them, though. While the stuff smells nice and works, I received the two bottles in a large box filled to the brim with Styrofoam. Their bottles say "waste less" but their shipping doesn't prove to be that way at all. Actions versus words.
I also use Simple Green. I bought a bottle before we were married and it's highly concentrated. It's 100% not natural, all chemicals, but it is biodegradable, so that's something, right? Well, I tell myself that anyway.
For Margaret's ECing misses, we use a spray made of vinegar and water. That's it. When we steam clean the carpet, we use a cup of vinegar, water, and some tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is antibacterial, antifungal. One website claimed it was antiviral also. That wikipedia page I linked to claims it can even help against MRSA. Wow. It is expensive but I can usually find it on sale and you don't need to use much at all. Four ounces can get us through a year easily, though that might be a reflection of my laziness when it comes to cleaning.
I'll put a few drops in our cloth diaper washes because of the antieverything properties. Because it can damage the fabric of the diapers, I've heard it's best to put the drops on a cloth instead of putting it straight into the wash. I just put some in on a flat diaper; I figure it won't get too damaged. Just a few drops in the steam cleaner and the smell completely overpowers the cup of vinegar. You only need a few drops ever. It's not safe to ingest, so keep it out of reach of children and pets. It can even be a bit of an irritant if put directly on skin (diluted is ok for ringworm, athlete's foot, yeast, etc).
When I finish up those other all-purpose cleaners, I'm going to definitely make most of my cleaning products with a baking soda base. I "starred" this tutorial in my Google Reader.
I saw in your post from yesterday that you nurse Margaret to sleep. Do you plan on nursing her to sleep for as long as you breastfeed, or do you plan to transition her to falling asleep on her own sometime? Does this mean that you pretty much always must be with Margaret? Does this ever make you feel trapped or frustrated?
I nurse Margaret to sleep because I'm the laziest person on the planet and it only takes 10 minutes. She can, and has, fallen asleep without the breast. If she's really tired, she'll just fall asleep on her own. If she needs help and breast isn't available, she can fall asleep with some rocking. I've held her while bouncing on the exercise ball because there have been times when breast isn't enough. McKay will just walk around and pat her back and sing to her if I'm not around. We even use the car still if nothing else is working.
I am with Margaret a lot. McKay is either at school or work during the day, so I'm always with her for her naps. There have been a few times when I've been out without her and I've come home to find that McKay put her to sleep. "How did she fall asleep, McKay? You don't have breasts!" "I sang to her." "Oh, right."
I don't mind nursing her to sleep most of the time. I can usually be on the Internet or read a book while doing it. I also don't worry about her becoming dependent on it. I figure she won't be needing the breast to fall asleep a decade from now. If it falls into the "Well, she won't be doing this as a teen" category, I don't stress myself about it. This goes for breastfeeding, cosleeping, and even throwing her food on the floor. She won't be on a date at 17 and have the irresistible urge to throw her food on the floor because I didn't stop her when she was 1, you know? So I don't worry about it. It's just a phase and she'll grow out of it eventually without any pushing from me.
But I digress. I do pretty much always have to be with Margaret, but again, I don't mind. In fact, I feel naked without her. I like having her with me. She's funny and happy and exciting. She's definitely one of the "cool" kids that people like to be around. And I pretend that being around her makes me cool too.
Monday, October 12, 2009