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post #61 of 128
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Originally Posted by beccalou79 View Post
If it's an issue that's truly important to you then you should realize it will take more than your individual desire to do so. Nobody has ever changed the world (in a positive way, that is) by alienating others. You can recycle all you want, and boycott plastic water bottles all the livelong day, but your efforts will be wasted if your attitude turns others off of environmentalism altogether. To tell you the truth, your signature line is probably making someone twist off the cap of a 20 oz. Aquafina right now, just out of spite.
Funny! I'm driving them to drink out of plastic. How pathetic that is, if it is indeed true. I won't sugar coat the truth so I don't offend someone. I'm not into fairy tales.
post #62 of 128
I'm hopelessly neat, but it doesn't bother me if I visit a house that's cluttered or messy. I only get uncomfortable if it's stinky.

I don't like it when people apologize for their houses not being tidy.
post #63 of 128
<crying> how do I get rid of poopy smell in the carpet
post #64 of 128
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Originally Posted by ~Megan~ View Post
I also throw away any storage containers that get moldy. It happens rarely but in the deep recesses sometimes you forget something. Into the trash it goes. Dh tries to catch it before I notice though, he doesn't like it when I throw them away. I'm sure as heck not cleaning them though!
I do this on occasion, too.
post #65 of 128
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Wow, I would be afraid to have some of you over, ever
Me too. Unmade bed? No hand towel? OH, the horror! (lol)

It takes a lot for me to be grossed out. I don't care if your house is messy or even a little "dirty", as long as there is no human or pet waste, pet hair, mold, over-flowing trash, or funky smells I'll be fine. Bascially as long as it doesn't harm me, I really won't care how you keep your house.

I try not to judge that much, most of my friends have young children. I expect stained carpets, toys scattered, possible cookies/snacks hidden in random places (i can't have the only 14 month old who hides her snacks lol)
post #66 of 128
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Originally Posted by ParisApril View Post


You might want to rethink that attitude. We are actually having a problem with global warming and way too much garbage and pollution in this world! I go way out my way everyday to do good things for the environment and people like you just don't give a s**t. People like you make me ! Good for your DH at least someone is thinking in your household!

P.S. Reading your post makes me want to throw up!
How about I be polite and respond to you with a little dignity.

I'm well aware of the horrible state our planet is in. This is why I use all safe, biodegradeable cleaning products. This is why I do EC and cloth diapers. This is why I use reuseable menstrual products. This is why I use cloth towels instead of paper towels. This is why we buy organic. This is why we recycle. This is why we buy used things whenever possible.

I think my once weekly toilet scrubber puts me extremely low on my consumption and trash output compared to most other people.

But, really you'd reuse a container that had mold stains that wouldn't come out? (ETA: dh does the cleaning. I leave the room so I won't gag. Even if its stained he doesn't want to get rid of it though. He's the type to hold onto shirts that haven't fit him since 8th grade whereas I'd rather take them to the shelter or remake them into something else [I made a bunch of great baby lap Ts from his old shirts!]) I'd rather recycle it and let it be completely sanitized and used again. Good thing I keep my yogurt containers and glass jars so I have lots of reuseable containers and that I buy from companies that make their containers with reuse and recycling in mind.

Be careful with your assumptions and stone throwing.

I prefer to assume the best of people rather than jump to the worst possible conclusion.

I know lots of people that think cloth diapers are gross. I don't judge them, they handle what they can handle. Instead I focus my energy explaining where they can find non-toxic and biodegradeable disposable diapers. And helping them find where they can buy them in bulk to save money. That seems a lot better than calling them names or berating them so that not only is my cloth diaper message lost but so is my message of organics, reusing, recycling, and more.

We are all here on Mothering.com which is a website geared towards natural family living and attachment parenting. No one here is the perfect earth mother (you included I'm sure) but we do the best that we can and for each of us that is a different level.

Every good thing we do for our bodies and earth counts! Celebrate the good and encourage each other to do more.
post #67 of 128
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Originally Posted by ~Megan~ View Post
dh does the cleaning. I leave the room so I won't gag. Even if its stained he doesn't want to get rid of it though.
If it stayed stained after cleaning, that would ick me out and I'd totally have to have a separate place for the stained ones, but I've found that sitting out in the bright sun for a few hours does wonders. (Also good with tomato stains!)
post #68 of 128
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Originally Posted by ~Megan~ View Post
I'd still throw up. I nearly throw up using my long handled disposable toilet cleaners.



I might be able to do that but I'd have to throw it away afterwards.

Our toilets don't actually have all the time rings. We do have hard water though and they require cleaning every 4 days or so which seems excessive for other places I've lived in which the bowl got cleaned 2 twice a month while the seat got wiped down more often. I know its just the water though as we have issues with our diapers too. Perhaps I should put calgon in the bowl

I also throw away any storage containers that get moldy. It happens rarely but in the deep recesses sometimes you forget something. Into the trash it goes. Dh tries to catch it before I notice though, he doesn't like it when I throw them away. I'm sure as heck not cleaning them though!
Sounded to me like you were proud of throwing them out. You didn't even say you recycled them. Single use disposable products (like your toilet bowl cleaner)are horrible for the environment. I'm sorry but that is a fact. It makes me mad they even sell things like that. It makes me angry that people can't see the environmental damage they cause when they buy and use things like that.
post #69 of 128
I recycle like crazy, and even better, reduce my consumption. I don't use paper towels, kleenex, paper plates, plastic water bottles, plastic food storage, cleaning products etc.

But I will throw out moldy food containers in a heartbeat. Maybe once a year when some leftovers get missed in the back of the fridge.

I also use disposable toilet cleaning wands.

Nobody's perfect. I personally think that you can't reuse EVERYTHING.
post #70 of 128
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Originally Posted by fioner View Post

Regarding the pink stuff around the bathtub, I don't know why that happens, but when I lived in Georgia, my bathtub always turned pink, almost immediately after cleaning it. Anywhere water pooled at all would turn pink.
: I wonder if it has something to do with something like iron in the water? My grandparents had water with a lot of iron in it, and everything turned orange/red ... not pink though.


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Originally Posted by ParisApril View Post
Funny! I'm driving them to drink out of plastic. How pathetic that is, if it is indeed true. I won't sugar coat the truth so I don't offend someone. I'm not into fairy tales.
It's entirely possible to be polite AND honest. Perhaps in a few years you'll embrace that, and your message will be accepted by more people.

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Originally Posted by ~Megan~ View Post
Every good thing we do for our bodies and earth counts! Celebrate the good and encourage each other to do more.
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post #71 of 128
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Originally Posted by ParisApril View Post
Sounded to me like you were proud of throwing them out. You didn't even say you recycled them. Single use disposable products (like your toilet bowl cleaner)are horrible for the environment. I'm sorry but that is a fact. It makes me mad they even sell things like that. It makes me angry that people can't see the environmental damage they cause when they buy and use things like that.

Mind if I ask where you bought your horse? Mine seems to be on the short side and I'm sure having a higher one would make being hagish easier.

The not so lovely quailty of forum posting is the ability of others to infer/assume certain meanings. We recycle. I often say "throw it out". I say that because everyone in my house knows what I mean. I, by default, would assume the same of anyone reading a post worded like that. Sadly though, readers can assume too. You have shown brillantly how that's done. If you had read one of megan's earlier posts you would have seen her use of reuseabe items was mostly in the bathroom with the occassional tupperware toss.

Hopefully when you're ready to get off your high horse someone will have a step stool ready for an easy dismount. Otherwise I hope when you're knocked off by someone else megan's reuseable toilet brushes break your fall.

ETA: In regards to your siggy...i'm guessing you live somewhere with excellent water. Lucky you.

This post brought to you by the honest fact that you're bugging me and I'm ornry. Have a nice day.
post #72 of 128
So I didn't want to kill the thread....

I can handle most mess and dirt. I cannot handle dirty washer/dryer areas. The weird greyish gunk that builds up around them drives me crazy! Even if you don't have pets or lots of hair it seems to attract it. It's like a washers equivalent to super glue!

I also notice spots on mirrors. I can handle that if the rest of the bathroom is clean though.

Oh! And overflowing bathroom trashcans. I had a friend growing up and they were horrible about taking it out. 4 women in the house and once a month the bathrooms were atrocious since thy let the pads fill up and overflow. :Puke:
post #73 of 128
I just want you all to know that this thread made me get up and clean my house. Seriously. Thanks... and CURSE YOU... hahaha! But my house is now like 5000 times cleaner. Woot!

My brothers house is completely disgusting. It smells bad, there is tons of dust everywhere, big sticky cobwebs, etc. Even when it is neatened up, it still smells bad and just *feels* dirty. I don't even know how to explain that. I don't know; but I have a dog and a baby and my house doesn't smell!

You know I do my best to recycle, reduce, reuse... but when I can't, I can't, and I find myself pondering the landfill near my home which has recently been converted into a golf course and neighborhood. I think if things are *properly disposed*, it's more important than being perfect with recycling.
post #74 of 128
I found this thread really helpful today!

My sil was stopping by and I knew in advance. I'm 8 months pregnant and was really tired. I only scrubbed the toilet, emptied the sink, and vacuumed the floor (because she has an 8 month old). The rest I just left.
When she came in I told her, "I was too tired to clean up for you." She said she understood and she only has one child!
post #75 of 128
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Originally Posted by OtherMother'n'Madre View Post
i'm guessing you live somewhere with excellent water.
I highly recommend getting a sink filter to anyone in an area with bad-tasting water. I don't know that they're any good against contaminated water, but for flavor related problems, they make all the difference.
post #76 of 128
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Originally Posted by Amylcd View Post
Me too. Unmade bed? No hand towel? OH, the horror! (lol)
Doesn't have to be a hand towel. Just something clean and dry to dry my hands off on when I use your restroom. I'm only 99.999% of the time wearing something I'm willing to dry my hands on. But yeah, if it's a choice between something icky and nothing, choose nothing.
post #77 of 128
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Originally Posted by sapphire_chan View Post
I highly recommend getting a sink filter to anyone in an area with bad-tasting water. I don't know that they're any good against contaminated water, but for flavor related problems, they make all the difference.
So true! We don't have the sink thing, but we use a Brita water pitcher that filters tap water. Our tap water tastes NASTY, but that thing makes all the difference, it tastes great!!
post #78 of 128
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Originally Posted by OtherMother'n'Madre View Post
This post brought to you by the honest fact that you're bugging me and I'm ornry. Have a nice day.
Funny that's why I wrote my first post!

You have every right to your opinion just as I have every right to mine. As for our water quality here. I thought maybe I would try and save it for my children BEFORE it gets disgusting. Call me crazy I am in to preventative steps. It's not like pollution is a new phenonemon. Perhaps if everyone wasn't using all kinds of disposable products then water everywhere would be cleaner? It is possible to fix the problems. People just have to educate themselves. Ignorance is not bliss.
post #79 of 128
Newsflash ParisApril, the electricity you are using to spread hateful messages on the internet has futher reaching negative environmental impact than using a disposable toilet brush. How far are you willing to go to help the planet you love so much? Far enough to turn off the computer? Yeah, we all have our comfort levels

Megan's happens to be not reaching into a bowl where her whole family sh!ts, and I can respect that.

Yours happens to be that you love the environment a lot, but not enough to save electricity instead of insulting people on the internet


Anyway, this thread is enlightening. I don't mind a messy house but there is a line into gross (the dog licking the poopy pull up made me dry heave) that is too gross for me.
post #80 of 128
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Originally Posted by captain crunchy View Post
Newsflash ParisApril, the electricity you are using to spread hateful messages on the internet has futher reaching negative environmental impact than using a disposable toilet brush. How far are you willing to go to help the planet you love so much? Far enough to turn off the computer? Yeah, we all have our comfort levels

Megan's happens to be not reaching into a bowl where her whole family sh!ts, and I can respect that.

Yours happens to be that you love the environment a lot, but not enough to save electricity instead of insulting people on the internet
I am actually using a used low energy laptop and I have made the effort to make sure my electricity comes from a renewable source.

Newsfash captain crunchy - Using a reuseable scrub brush to clean a toilet is not an unreasonable request. It uses less water, energy and non renewable resources.

Please stop encouraging me to keep writing. I could go on forever about the environment.
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