We try to use rags for cleaning, and save the paper towels for true emergencies (i.e. puke and crap emergencies because I am NOT laundering half a dozen puke rags so help me God.)
It all happened one day, when I noticed a previously unknown strain of penicillin growing in pile of dirty dishes in my kitchen sink. I could’ve used this newfound discovery to cure ebola, but I wanted to eat some Cheerios. Unfortunately, we were out of paper towels and every cup and bowl in our house was dirty.
Not wanting to go to the store, I dug up a shop rag and used it to clean the kitchen instead of paper towels. A week later, the kitchen was dirty again. WHO KNEW? The aforementioned rag was filthy, so I tossed it in the washing machine, and pulled out another shop rag. Then I realized, “Hey! We have, like, 50 of these shop rags. I’LL NEVER HAVE TO GO TO THE STORE FOR PAPER TOWELS AGAIN!!!”
I heart you, shop rags.
You’re going to notice a pattern here.
I buy cleaning solution (eg: Mr. Clean) in bulk, and mix it with some water to refill the same spray bottle over and over. Yes, I know vinegar would be even more Earth-friendly, but I just can’t get past the smell. The point is, I never remember to buy task-specific cleaning solutions when I run out, but I always have Mr. Clean around, which can clean everything from my floors to my counters to my bathtub. By using a little Mr. Clean and water to clean everything, I NEVER (ok, rarely) HAVE TO GO TO THE STORE FOR CLEANING SOLUTION AGAIN!!!!
I heart you, Mr. Clean
I don’t always shower every day. The reason is two-fold. First, I don’t think I’ve taken a shower alone since Preschooler started walking. Now, if the choice is showering with two screaming children banging on the bathroom door, or showering with two happy children watching me while making slightly disconcerting comments like, “Mommy? What is all that hair for? Mommy? MOMMY?” well, I choose the latter.
But that doesn’t mean I have to choose it every day.
Plus, the fewer showers I take, the longer it takes for me to run out of soap and shampoo, and the FEWER TIMES I HAVE TO GO TO THE STORE TO BUY THESE THINGS!!!!! Also, we use less water. I guess.
Having admitted this, I now give every one permission
to draw stink lines over all my photos.
So, there you go. The lazy woman’s guide to barely saving the Earth. You’re welcome.