Can you identify with this statement?
I have crazy, dirty children, a dirty husband, and 2 dirty cats. I'm forever using Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to rid surfaces of grimy fingerprints, nose prints and tongue prints (don't ask).
I wrote that last month, pitching myself to participate in a Clorox Disinfecting Wipes campaign about staying healthy in the New Year.
Living fully is dirty business.
I encourage my kids to play in paint, sand, mud, and jump in muddy puddles. We do crafts several times a week in which we paint and glue and glitter and oil and generally make a big mess that we only sometimes clean up.
My 3-year-old is dirty. She pees on her father and the floor. She picks her nose and splatters paint all over the dining room and leaves half-eaten food on the floor.
Which she later picks up and eats.
Her favorite toy right now is a Play-Doh contraption that she calls The Poop Machine.
Because every family needs more poop in their lives.
My 6-year-old is dirty. She projectile vomited across the living room not twenty minutes ago. Even on an un-sick day, she leaves dirty clothes lying wherever she takes them off, picks her nose, chews on her Barbie dolls, and is allergic to running water.
My husband is dirty. He works outside in the earth all day long, sprays food all over the place while he's cooking, plays Candy Crush on the toilet, and never, ever wipes the grime off of anything without considerable nagging. (He probably picks his nose, too, but he's discreet about it.)
My cats are dirty. They shed cat hair on every surface of my home and harbor fleas from time to time. They jump up on the table, dig in the plants, and find themselves in all sorts of places in which they do not belong (because I trained them poorly or not at all), and one of them pees on the floor in my bedroom.
Not to be left out, I too am dirty. I keep a not quite dirty enough to wash pile of clothes in the bathroom, pick my nose, bathe less frequently than is socially acceptable, and leave dirty dishes lying around the kitchen. I have about seventy-five plants (which you think is an exaggeration but probably isn't as much as I would like), and I use the dining room table as a potting bench.
So there you have it.
I bet you're feeling a lot better about yourself right now than you were a few minutes ago.
In addition to being a bunch of dirty birds, we are a homeschooling family with two parents who work full-time on opposite schedules to avoid daycare. Nobody here has even an hour of free time each day to clean the house (except the cats, and they aren't much help), and I am not willing to part with the cash required to hire a housekeeper.
So. People don't join us for meals that often, and we get sick more often than I would like.
Anyway, back to the Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and healthy New Year.
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes in the Kitchen
I always have Clorox Disinfecting Wipes on hand, but I picked up a new container for this project. The first thing I noticed was it now says Great on Kitchen Grease on the label. I already use them on banisters, walls, and almost all the bathroom surfaces, but I never thought to use them on grease. I was eager to try out this new claim.
The first project I tackled was the stove. This picture doesn't do the filth justice.
Once, my mom came over and asked Joe, “What's the mouse crap on the back of your stove?” (I'm paraphrasing.) (And my mother was never known for keeping her thoughts to herself. If she thought it, she said it.)
Joe was livid, but the reality was that the back of our stove was disgusting. There were food remnants all over it.
That's pretty much what it looked like when I started at 2:11.
By 2:29, the stove was clean (enough). There were a few spots on the cooktop that needed more elbow grease than I was willing to employ, but it looked and smelled clean. All the random food splatters and spills were gone, and I was confident that the germs were gone, too.
Note – Clorox recommends rinsing surfaces that will come in contact with food after using Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. I wiped the glass stovetop with a wet paper towel to remove any residue leftover from the wipe.
In case you wanted proof of the Clorox Disinfecting Wipe's ability to pull up grease and grime, here's the second (!) wipe I used on my stove top. I think I used 6 or 7 wipes to do the stovetop, back, knobs, top, handle, and front. Like I said, it was very dirty.
Next, I turned my attention to the grimy refrigerator door.
Our refrigerator door handle broke off some years ago, and my handyman husband never fixed it. I suppose it's not entirely necessary, so I don't complain.
As you can see below, grubby fingers open and close the refrigerator very often, and busy parents don't wash it nearly enough.
I set to work with my Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. They made quick work of the clean-up, removing everything from sticky kid goo to grease to dirt to dry erase marker, and I am confident they also removed the bacteria and viruses that were lurking, too.
Note – Don't ever buy a refrigerator with a textured surface. They are a pain to clean.
The only two marks remaining in the after photos below are paint (the pink spot at the bottom of the freezer door) and a black chip in the refrigerator's white finish.
My next project wasn't visibly dirty, but I'm sure it was covered with germs.
We have all been sick this week (reference aforementioned vomit episode), so I thought it would be wise to wipe the dining room chairs and table with Disinfecting Wipes. After I finished the chairs and table, I went over Allie's booster seat thoroughly – every nook, cranny, and crevice got a close inspection and a wipe.
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Around the House
After I finished those three projects, I started to think about other places I could wipe (since Joe and the kids were out selling Girl Scout Cookies and I had the whole house to myself). I remembered an info graphic on Pinterest a few days ago that cited statistics on the number of germs per square inch on various surfaces, comparing things like remote controls (the worst of the worst) with toilet seats and microwaves and telephones.
It's a dirty, dirty world, and your house is no more immune than mine.
Here are the two statistics that will make you cringe:
I grabbed a couple of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and headed on a tour of all my light switches.
I wiped down all the remote controls (check out that info graphic if you want the shudder-inducing details about them).
I ended with my laptop keyboard, paying attention to the grimy spots in between the keys and especially to the track pad, spacebar, and keys with worn spots.
Here are some other spots I clean with Clorox Disinfecting Wipes:
- Appliance fronts and insides (remember to rinse any surface that will come in contact with food)
- Kitchen cabinets and drawers, especially the handles and knobs
- Sinks in the kitchen and bathroom, paying special attention to the area around the drain
- The outside of the garbage can, although I have to admit that I make Joe clean the inside
- Door knobs and handles (We don't actually have many of these left. I got tired of the kids locking each other in or out of rooms and fighting that I removed them all.)
- Walls, especially those high touch spots that seem to collect a dirty haze
- Banisters and railings
- Mirrors and windows
- Our iPhones and iPads (or rather, the cases, not the actual devices inside the cases)
- Toilet, outside, tank, lid, seat, and even inside, under the rim
I haven't yet tried it on my front loading washing machine, but I'm going to give it a shot. I have, to this point, wiped it down with a strong bleach solution to stop the mold and mildew growth that inevitably develops, especially inside the detergent dispenser and the rubber gasket around the door. If I could use a nice smelling Clorox Disinfecting Wipe with the same results as the pungent bleach solution, I'm all for that!
I also haven't tried the wipes on my bathtub or shower doors, but I'm going to try those, too.
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