This is how my days usually go.
Wake up. Brush my teeth. Make and drink coffee. Think about getting into the shower. Finish drinking coffee. Answer some emails. Think about getting into the shower again. Consider the fact that my hair isn’t really dirty and I’m not going anywhere today so … Drink some more coffee. Feed the cats. Answer more emails. Start working on next day’s post. Stare at my squirrely looking hair in the mirror. Do some writing. Email some television producers in the hopes of getting a job which forces me to wash my hair. Have a Diet Coke. Start to make dinner. Resolve to have shower after dinner. Eat dinner. Make after dinner coffee. Sit on couch and answer more emails while boyfriend has his shower. Kiss boyfriend goodnight before he goes to bed. Promise myself I’ll have a shower tomorrow. And so on.
If I never had to leave the house, I’d probably never bathe. Most normal women don’t have time to bathe. We have time to fix our hair in a manner that makes it appear as though we have bathed. My dream world is the one in which someone invents a futuristic bathing machine that gets hooked up to your bedframe, so you can sleep and bathe at the same time. Like a dishwasher for people.
There are a few other things in life that also need to be cleaned on a regular basis that I have a hard time getting to. But … I do it. Because for some reason having these things dirty, seems a lot grosser than having me dirty.
Your toothbrush is a damp, disgusting little device harbouring all kinds of icky bacteria. Tooth bacteria. Ewwww.
To keep it in the best shape possible, store it away from other icky, bacteria laden toothbrushes, so they’re not touching.
Also, make sure it gets air so it can dry out completely in between brushings.
Some people even go so far as to have 2 toothbrushes which they alternate between to ensure one is always completely dry. But that’s crazy talk.
To clean your toothbrush, swish it around in a bit of 3% hydrogen peroxide or alcohol based mouthwash.
Meat ick, bacteria ick, floor ick, guck ick. Just plain ick.
I mean, ick.
If you’re cheap like me and don’t want to use a new sponge every day just clean it.
To clean a sponge either stick it in the dishwasher for a full hot cycle,
Wet it and then stick it in the microwave for 2 minutes. To make the sponge and the microwave smell nice, add a few drops of lemon juice before you microwave it.
Reusable Grocery Bags
I firmly believe that the end of society is going to come about because of “green” reusable grocery bags.
I have thrown more of these things out into the garbage because they’re not recyclable than I can count.
I don’t need one with every purchase. I don’t need one from every event I go to. I don’t need them handed out at parades. Reusable shopping bags have become the Beer Logo tee shirt of the new millennium. What I do need, ironically are plastic bags (which are recyclable) which I can use to line my garbage can.
Anyhow … I like to have a few reusable shopping bags. I just don’t need the 100’s I seem to have.
Back to the point I was originally making … You need to clean these bags. You have raw meat in them, and vegetables and leaky bags of milk etc. etc.
If you don’t clean them the rotten bits of food at the bottom will touch your new food and make you sick.
Even if it doesn’t make you sick, the thought of your dirty grocery bag makes me sick. So clean them.
To clean cloth grocery bags, just throw them in the washing machine.
To clean Vinyl/Plastic Reusable Grocery Bags wipe the inside with a hot, soapy cloth or disinfectant.
I realize there are many other odd things we should clean, and I may just get around to telling you about those one day. But for now … I think 3 is enough. Now if you’ll excuse me I have a busy day of avoiding the shower.
* please note, this post was written in jest. The author, Karen, does indeed bathe. Most of the time.