I have a confession to make. Apparently I am a dirty dirty girl. And not in a good way.
I recently realized that I have been mopping my floor with nothing but water to get it clean! No soap or cleaner, whatsoever, of any kind.
I am all about going green and all natural, but this is going a little too far.
And for anyone who knows me well, they know I am a clean FREAK. Like seriously OCD about it. Every night before I go to bed, I make sure everything is picked up and put away. I walk around the house picking up all the toys, making sure all the dishes are in the dishwasher, the counters wiped down, and so on.
I have to or I seriously can't fall asleep.
This does have it's advantages. Yes, my house is usually pretty clean. Straightening it up every night before I go to bed, means I never have to clean up a big huge mess from letting it build up.
But I also know I also go too far with it sometimes.
I wipe down the counters 5 times a day. The kitchen is cleaned up from dinner, before dinner is done cooking. I do the dishes immediately, even Joe's glass that he is still drinking out of. Poor guy, he's so used to it now, he just sees it missing and says, "so I guess you put my glass in the dishwasher, huh?" I seriously won't even remember doing it. It's like robot mode or something.
I think vacuuming is therapeutic.
If you think I am trying to brag on my cleanliness... I am really not. This definitely has it's major drawbacks. First of all, my sanity and zen rely heavily upon it. So even if I am exhausted and all I want to do is crawl into bed, I can't! I have tried. Unless I am under the influence, I can not fall asleep if the house is a mess. It's the same at work. If my desk is a mess, my brain is a mess, and all my creativity flies out the window.
Since the munchkin's birth, I have actually gotten better about it. I am working on it. Baby steps.
I could care less about other people's houses though. I really truly am only that way with my house and anything that I am in charge of. Infact, I often envy someone with a slightly messy home and a relaxed look on their face... no hint of crazies in their eyes at all. It's only my own home that messes with my zen state.
So there, the cat is out of the bag. I'm a clean freak wierdo. Whatever.
So surely you can now understand my shock and horror when I realized what I had done.
Okay, maybe it's not quite that dramatic, but still....
I usually mop the whole floor once a week (aside from the immediate spill clean up here and there). I vacuum the floor and then go over it with my Mr. Clean Magic Eraser mop. I bought the mop a while back. I followed the directions. Simply get the sponge wet, scrub the floor with it, squeeze it out, rinse, repeat and then I would go over it all with a towel to dry it. Once the mop was dirty looking enough, I would replace it. It seemed to do a really good job. It scrubbed up spots really good and was super easy to use.
And the floor looked clean after I mopped it.
Then a a couple weeks ago, Joe and I started realizing that after walking around the house barefoot, our feet would get really dirty. Like really dirty. Like you would see black on our feet. I started wearing socks or sandals around the house at all times. You can imagine my unrest.
What the hell?
I started to question my mop, then after some reading of the fine print on their website, I saw this:
"For best results, use it with your favorite Mr. Clean all-purpose cleaner."
I seriously thought there was cleaner in the sponge already. This whole time I thought I was actually cleaning my floors, instead of just getting the dirt wet, pushing it around and then letting it dry again. I felt like such an idiot!
This has been going on for months. What a dummie!
So last week, Joe went to the store and brought me back a Swiffer Wet Jet. When I was done, the pad was black. Black!!
Oh the shame!
And shame on you Mr. Clean!
I have cleaned the kitchen floor with it twice now and it definitely gets it clean. I HATE the strong chemical smell though and don't like using it on the floor. I am definitely going to have to switch to something else. I have tried Seventh Generation and didn't think it worked that great on the floors.
Any ideas or suggestions? How do you ladies clean your floors?