Oct 27, 2011

Cleaning the funky house while pregnant

I have been doing a fairly half ass job of cleaning my house throughout my pregnancy so far, you know short burst here or there on a Saturday. Needless to say, my house is a funky dirt hole and needs some serious soap and water action. My dear husband means well, but he cannot clean our house properly to save his life.  I know, he tried and failed EPIC-LY. Then I went the cleaning lady route and that is just too expensive. So, full circle back to me.  SHITHOLE!

I took a trip through the Internet and my preggie books to find out what my “safe cleaning product” options are.  Below is what I found…

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all pregnant women adhere by the following guidelines before cleaning a dirty home:
·      Make sure that you have good ventilation where you are cleaning.
·      Wear protective gloves and clothing to protect your skin.
·      Always read the warning and instruction labels.
·      Never mix different chemicals because they may create poisonous fumes (as do ammonia and bleach).
  • Avoid cleaning the oven since it is such a tight space and the ventilation is not good.

Common sense goes a long way. You know, things like read the label to make sure the product is not laced with acid that will eat your eyeballs out… and power words like Toxic, Deadly, Avoid Contact with Skin… probably best to lay off those products for good. 

So what’s safe to use and what is not?  Below are a few concoctions you can make yourself to clean your house.

  1.  Scrub mix up a paste of soap, water, and baking soda. (You can add salt to the paste for a little extra abrasive power.)
  2.  All-purpose cleaner you can mix up the following concoction…
2 tablespoons vinegar

1 teaspoon Borax

Hot water

A few drops of a mild dish detergent

10 drops of essential oil (optional)
Put ingredients in spray bottle, fill with hot water, and swish to mix.
  1. Furniture Polish
1-cup vegetable or olive oil

1/2 cup lemon juice
Combine in a spray bottle mix, shake well and apply a small amount to a cloth.

Not a crafty person?  Have no idea what the hell Borax is?  Good news, you and I have a lot in common! Lately, I have not been to proud to take a cleaning wipe and spot clean my kitchen floor and call it a day. It's the corners and cracks that are telling my half assing story. That's really why I am getting out the stupid mop and bucket.

Here is my plan, feel free to follow it.  FYI, the Internet and my books say it’s a good plan.

  1. Buy heavy-duty gloves and a mask.
  2. Get “Natural Green” cleaning products.  There are tons of the products on the market now and they work well too.
  3. Buy wipes that are pre moistened with heavy duty cleaning products that also contain anti-bacterial agents.  In the states there are “Clorox” wipes and “Lysol” wipes, these are great for quick surface cleaning and a little extra power when needed. When I was in Australia I used another brand I got at the Safeway. I know those fabulous things are everywhere now.  
  4. OPEN THE DOORS AND WINDOWS AND TURN ON THE FANS! It is extremely necessary to ventilate the area as much as possible. 
  5. Complain thy ass off so significant other will help. 

One last VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: DO NOT CLEAN OUT YOUR LITTER BOX!!!  It is very, very, very dangerous and should be avoided at all cost. I hate to be the one to share this scary info, but I know I must… Cat feces can contain a parasite called toxoplasma gondii, which causes an infection known as toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis infection can lead to serious illness, pre-term birth, miscarriage, or fetal death.

 If you absolutely must do it, ventilate the room as much as possible, put on the heavy-duty gloves, a mask and do it quickly.  Throw the gloves and mask away ASAP and wash your hands with hot soapy water. 

I really do not mind cleaning, I enjoy the instant gratification it provides.  The biggest issue for me right now is the bending over and shortness of breath.  I have also decided it is time to really get my husband to a point where he can clean the house too.  I need to depend on him to keep our house clean and germ free for baby and me.  For the Love of God it’s just going to be for 8 weeks, surely he can pull it off! 

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  1. Funny enough my house is the opposite. It has never been more organized and clean, though I'm sure that will change as I move into the third trimester. I just wanted to make a note on the litter box. You can get a blood test done to find out if you are already immune to toxoplasmosis. Here in Canada they don't normally screen for it but will do it if you ask, I'm not sure about the US. Thankfully I am one of those that are immune, yay. (Also possible to get it from unwashed vegetables and gardening.)

  2. OOH! Thanks, Tasha! I am definitely going to ask my doctor about the bood test. My husband SUCKS at keeping the litter clean. Just the other day he told me he realized "it makes sense to keep lots of litter in there b/c then it all won't stick to the bottom." There are so many things wrong with that statement!! Thanks, for the tip on veggies and gardening too!