For the love of cleaning

my new fav

I am somewhat haunted by the fact that I have written in my profile that I am “obsessive about cleaning my floors.” If you were to see my floors right now, you would paint me red and call me a liar.

There is something about living in a corporate apartment with furniture not my own that sucks the zest out of my desire to clean.

I keep waiting for the maids to show up.

However, it has been two months and they still have not loaded my dishwasher or vacuumed my carpet, and I’m guessing this means, they are not coming.

Cleaning ladies are hard to get over. I know, because before we moved to California we lived in a Marriott Residence Inn for four weeks. While they were some cons to living in a hotel, having a regular cleaning service was definitely not one of them. I welcomed them with open arms every day.

It’s natural, then to go through cleaning lady withdraw, right? I wasn’t sure what was going to snap me out of it. Until I met Mrs. Meyers…

One glorious day while rolling down the aisles of the local grocery store, I noticed an aesthetically pleasing and strategically placed end cap boasting an array of pretty looking cleaners. I looked, I gazed, I noticed words like “basil” “geranium” “lavender.” I unscrewed lids and sniffed. Wow. Then I sniffed again. They really did smell good. But how much? $5.99 for “countertop spray”? Hmmm…

And I continued shopping.

A few more trips to the supermarket, a few more nasal indulgences, and my cheapskate resolve was weakened. I bought a $5.99 spray bottle of geranium scented countertop spray (which by the way does clean more than countertops).

My reasoning was thus: my house smells like dirty diapers and I am unmotivated to clean. Perhaps this will make my house smell nice again and give me a little incentive to clean.

Ladies and gentlemen, it has. It’s been a match made in heaven ever since. These magnificent little cleaners do three wonderful things for me.

my other new fav

A. They motivate me to wipe down surfaces because they smell so great (and make cleaning the tub a little less dreadful).

B. They help me fight the smell of baby poo that is ever attempting to take over our apartment.

C. They clean. Well.

I really can’t say enough good things about these products! They are made of “natural” ingredients (maybe not organic but better than lysol) and they are environmentally friendly.

(I really should be getting paid for this…)

I am sold on using these products until the day I actually make my own all-purpose cleaner…which I have been thinking about and meaning to do for about a year now.

They are on the expensive side, but they are a sweet smelling bottle of motivation. Can you put a price tag on that ladies?

Welp, if I’ve sold you on them, you can buy them online here.

I found them at Raley’s, a grocery store in California and Nevada, but it looks like they can be found in stores all over the U.S. from Target to Wal-Mart and of course online. This is great news ladies… your life just got better! Seriously.

Happy cleaning 🙂

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9 thoughts on “For the love of cleaning

  1. Tori Nelson says:

    I won’t spend money to get my hair done or buy new clothes (proof: my hair looks like a wet poodle and my shorts look like before & after pics from The Biggest Loser) BUT I do spend a pretty penny on this stuff. They carry the whole line of cleaners at World Market, too. My house smells glorious… even if my hair looks like a hot mess 🙂

  2. Jill says:

    I think I read an article about these products in the Wall Street Journal some time ago. I haven’t called upon my cleaning ladies in a few months. But their services may very well be a “welcome to the third trimester” present to myself.

  3. Rachel says:

    As a former housekeeper (in homes, then 5 years at a camp), I can completely understand the thrill of finding a good cleaner that smells great! I have never tried it, but I’ll have to look it up when I got home (I don’t think they have it in AUS).

    Anything that cleans AND covers the odor of diapers is a good thing. That’s one reason I love scented trash bags. And as I’m now working as a nanny, boy, do I know what poopy diapers smell like. : )

    Good luck with the cleaning, and may your hardwood (tile? lino?) floors ever stay clean enough to reflect your face! ; )

    • Butterfingers for Breakfast says:

      Haha! Good cleaners and good smelling cleaners are hard to find! I am thrilled with these products and will definitely buy them! If you ever get the chance to buy them, give it a shot! Australia! Wow. very cool. Would love to visit there someday. Love how this blogging world crosses oceans and continents! Thanks for stopping in and hope to see you again! Good luck with the nannying–you might enjoy my blog when I talk about my children–two two and under…and boys no less! Ha. I do love my boys so much and don’t wish these days away–at least most of the time 😉

  4. amylou2x says:

    I love the way it smells, but I have to use it sparingly because the scent is so strong. But I do love the way it lingers for awhile, it smells much better the second day when I get a whiff of flowers versus a bouquet shoved in my face 🙂

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