Okay, I am freaking out. I met my girlfriend’s parents briefly at a wedding, but we haven’t done the whole social let’s-get-to-know-each-other fun that every boyfriend just cannot wait for (yeah that was sarcasm).
Anyway, here was the problem. She has three roommates. Her house is nice, but that place is always full of people. Not exactly the best environment for a meet and greet the boyfriend. The idea was I can cook. I grew up in a household with my parents who are two chefs. I’ve learned a few things. She figured this would impress them. I’m game, but here’s the kicker. Can we do this at your place? It’s your kitchen blah blah blah.
Um… Okay, I don’t have three roommates, but this place looks like it did when I was in college. So, this is where I come to think, how much do I really like this girl? I’m kidding.
The next kicker! Her parents are hardcore hippy lifestyle living people. This is actually a good thing. I’m happy her dad isn’t a hardcore corporate lawyer who is judging my every move. These guys love life. They own a thrift retro clothing store. They will be cool. This is not the problem. The problem is they are hardcore eco-friendly. I have no idea where to begin with this.
I was told they clean with lemons and stuff. Um, what? So, the cooking may impress them, but I could take this whole thing a step further. A conversation piece. I will somehow fit my cleaning practices into the conversation. And when I clean the ceramic bakeware set and the dishes after dinner. There will be proof!
Okay, so this isn’t the Lex Luthor takes over the world idea, but it’s worth a shot. I turned to the only place I knew I could. The internet. And I compiled just a few things. I did a little experimenting, and here are some discoveries:
Distilled White Vinegar
Use Distilled White Vinegar in a spray bottle to sanitize kitchen and bathroom surfaces. Mix with Baking Soda to clean your tub and toilet. It cleans windows cleaner. And a couple of tablespoons of ordinary olive oil in a cup of vinegar works well to dust and polish wood furniture.
Baking Soda works well for scouring sinks and tubs, wiping down and deodorizing the refrigerator, removing smells and stains from carpets and upholstery.
Lemon Juice removes stains from countertops. Clean toilets with a paste of baking soda and lemon juice. Half a cut lemon left on a shelf will deodorize the fridge. Sprayed or rubbed on, the straight lemon juice will remove mold and mildew from many surfaces.
Table Salt mixed with four parts each of borax and baking soda makes a good scouring powder for tubs, sinks, and toilets. Adding a little vinegar to a teaspoon of salt makes a good scrub for removing coffee or tea stains from mugs and cups.
Funny thing is, I’m not even trying in the end anymore. I actually do clean my house this way now. It saves me money, and bonus… it makes parents admire you. What I could have done to save me the time and work was bring in Alpine Maids. According to my good friend they are professionals that he has done his home weekly, and they are amazing!