Wednesday, April 27, 2005

i am a 50's housewife

it's funny how a cleaning product can actually change your life. last night i cleaned my bathroom with my brand new mr. clean magic reach scrubby thingy, and i think this might be the cleanest that room has been since the house was built in 1930-somehing. i have kylie to thank for this one--i was helping her clean the apartment she was moving out of last weekend, and she handed me one of these to use. it's a DREAM! it's like everything good about a swiffer and scrubbing bubbles and a scrub brush, all rolled into one thing. i bought one the next day. and as i was picking mine out, this other woman came into the grocery store and started looking at them, too. she goes--have you used one of these before? and yes, i sold her one. mr. clean should be sending me money for how much i have talked about this thing!

i know we are all liberated women here, and that we are glad to have the choices we have today and to be free to do what we want with our lives, yadda yadda yadda. but i swear, i think in my heart, i just want a clean house and a fabulous dinner on the table. oh, and to make stuff. i think most of the women i know feel this way too, at least some of the time.

and over the past several years, i have periodically had these bizarre, commercial-like conversations with so many of the women i know--we ALL seem to get off on a good cleaning product.

i have karen to thank for the scrubbing bubbles, sam for the mr. clean magic erasers and the oxy-clean, kimmie for the clorox wipes, jenn for the swiffer and the vanilla-lavender downy, and i just had a long conversation with emily about cold water tide (which sucks, by the way--stick with your plain old tide). in turn, i have sold many on these products as well as the dish soap from williams-sonoma, about which i am evangelical. i am also in love with my new lavender-rosemary dryer sheets from restoration hardware.

i also learned this past weekend from eric's vacuum that my vacuum cleaner sucks, and i now want a new one (a dirt devil one, bagless, with a hose long enough to reach the corners of my ceiling). heh--tina, who works across the hall from me is trying to win a free vacuum online as we speak--see? we are ALL 50's housewives is some ways...

i wish i was home cleaning.

9 comments:

jo said...

Ok, what about the method laundry soap? or the 7th generation dishwasher powder.... I love those too!

jackie said...

i will have to get on that laundry soap--is that the stuff from target? does it come in cool smells? LOVE new stuff to try!sadly, i have no dishwasher, however, so none of the 7th generation for me. :(

Samantha said...

lavender-rosemary dryer sheets, NO FREAKIN WAY! AWESOME!

Ginny said...

I'm with Jo on the Method laundry detergent, and I recommend their handsoap too. About the vacuum, DYSON. It costs a ton, but it is the bestest vacuum ever and you'll never have to buy it again. Bagless, 25 foot cord to reach anything, amazing attachments and major suction. Try using those pesky discount cards from Bed Bath and Beyond, it's the only way to get a discount on it!

jackie said...

thanks for the recommendation, ginny--i will def. check that out. i am a vacuum cleaner NOVICE, so i need all the help i can get!

shetha said...

I Can't resist... isn't a vacuum cleaner SUPPOSED to suck? ;-) I'm headed to target at lunch to check out the knit kits... maybe I should pick up some method stuff too!

Anonymous said...

Ok, Jackie, I was able to think of something relevant to your blog post that we haven't already discussed in one of our near-hourly phone calls. If you go to Arm and Hammer's website, their busy marketing folks have outlined about a gazillion ways to use baking soda to clean. Very child and pet friendly, too. Now, if only someone would market a product that would make me really WANT to clean...

Em

Meredith said...

Everything made by Method rocks. I use the laundry detergent, the dishwashing detergent, handsoap, and kitchen & bathroom cleaners. Great smells and all around cleanliness.

I have been itching for a Dyson for a long time. Thanks for the BB&B recommendation, Ginny! I'll have to remember not to throw out my next coupon from them! :)

Amy said...

You should try the Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom wipes. They're great for quick touch-ups (you know, when company is on the way and you haven't cleaned the bathroom in weeks)...plus they're flushable!

Don't waste your money on the Lysol Scrubbing wipes...definitely not worth it!

And they Dyson...I've heard amazing things about it! It was a monumental even in a friend's life when she purchased hers - and she hasn't stopped vacuuming since!