Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful toddler daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.
A few months ago I blogged about my anti-environmental love of light bulbs and clean dishes. Now that we are approaching the Spring Cleaning season, I’ll go a step farther with my carbon carelessness and say that I love things truly clean. Than means when I prepare chicken, I choose to use an antibacterial cleanser (Lysol all purpose happens to be my fave) on a paper towel to make sure I’m not spreading Mr. Salmonella around. You can’t see the creepy crawlies just waiting to make you sick. They don’t announce themselves like this:
Leave it to our friends at the Journal Sentinel to try to make me feel guilty about keeping my kitchen counter and bathroom germ-free. Of course they are only one of many entities out there that want to shame me into using plain water to clean every surface of my home. But their latest article (love the alarmist title, BTW) “'Green' products leave cancer-causing cleaners in the dust”” just left me shaking my head. I am crazy about cleaning, not because of it: “The Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported that of chemicals commonly found in homes, 150 have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities.” (Italics mine.)
If you want to spritz vinegar on your counters & clean your toilets with it, be my guest. Just don’t think you’re going to get rid of those nasties like a healthy dose of bleach will:
“According to a 1997 study on homemade alternative disinfectants… solutions of ammonia, baking soda, and borax—mixed in concentrations commonly recommended by "natural cleaning" handbooks—were not effective against staph, salmonella, or E. coli.”
I usually recommend washing your hands after reading the Journal anyway, but now you’ll probably want to use plain water. ;-)