As your housekeeping manager, I would advise you to stop buying those fucking toxic chemicals that not only pollute the earth but also burn your lungs and give you a headache and make your skin break out in rashes. I’ve been investigating “green” cleaning solutions, and I came up with a concoction that is easy to make, effective at cleaning, and, best of all, cheap. Alls you got to do is get yourself some Borax, Baking Soda, Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap (preferably peppermint, simply cuz it smell good), and Vinegar.
For my All-Purpose solution, I mix 1/4 cup borax and 1/2 cup baking soda for every gallon of water (preferably warm to mix better), and then I squirt a bit of Dr Bronners peppermint soap up in there, amount is up to you. I then put this lovely smelling and clear admixture into a squirt bottle. It cleans effectively and you can aerosolize it all you want and it won’t kill you.
For glass and mirror cleaning, all you really need is vinegar and some newspapers. Make a spray bottle with 1/2 vinegar, 1/2 water and wipe that shit down with a sheet of newspaper and you’ve got yourself a clean window. Or, alternatively, you can make a slightly stronger solution with 1 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup cornstarch for every gallon of warm water.
I’m switching over to these methods this fall for my housekeeping staff to dabble in, and I’ll see if it works on a grander scale. So far on my test trials it’s worked out just fine. The major problem, of course, in running an institution based on these household cleaners is that the All-Purpose solution won’t do much in terms of killing germs. But I’ve determined that it is just as effective to clean with this solution and then afterwards to spray down the surfaces with a Clorox Disinfecting Spray, which pretty much kills most anything. The Clorox spray ain’t “green,” but I gotta do what I gotta do to kill them germs. But at least I will have achieved the major goal of keeping my workers and myself from breathing in tons of aerosolized chemicals in the small confined space of a bathroom.
Oh, and for bathtub cleaning, use Bon Ami. This is a scouring powder which is non-toxic, and it works really good, especially with a scrub brush in hand.
And since now you’ve got all that Borax, Baking Soda, and Vinegar sitting around, I’ll let you know that those all have multiple household uses. Look it up on Google or Ask.com or something, there’s a lot of info out there.
Another thing I would advise is that you stop using chemicals to kill household pests like ants, roaches, etc.
For ants: spray vinegar around door and window frames and ant trails. They also dislike mint, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice. For ant bait, mix together baking soda and sugar and sprinkle along the cracks along the wall and in doorways. Borax and sugar mix will also work, just don’t place where other animals (or small children) can access it.
For spiders: they dislike eucalyptus oil.
For mice: they don’t like mint. Distill spearmint oil and spray around entryways. You could also just try brewing yourself some mint tea and dropping or spraying that as well.
You see, all those pre-made toxic chemical solutions that you buy in the store are a kind of conspiracy, in a way, just like all the other crap you buy and don’t really need and that creates waste and pollution and general unhappiness and discontentment. It’s a conspiracy of convenience. Making your own cleaning supplies, making your own food, fixing your own stuff–all of this is suddenly almost taboo. It’s like supposedly our civilization is all smart and advanced and we are plumbing the deepest mysteries of the human brain and genomes, etc. And yet we’ve forgotten how to mend our own clothes. We’ve forgotten how to cook our own food. We’ve forgotten what it is to take care of ourselves, and we’ve slowly let corporate convenience dominate our lives. And all it really comes down to is someone else making money off your ignorance and laziness. Sermon over.