Saturday, November 21, 2009

I don't have a "genius ideas" tag for nothing

So I decided to spruce up the baby's new room with a fresh coat of paint. Aside from being a bright-like-the-sun shade of yellow, the room was in beautiful condition. Now since I'm kind of on the sensitive side when it comes to breathing in chemicals/ perfumes/ etc., I like working with no-VOC paints (be quiet, art school classmates!) now, and natural cleaners.

My attempt to create a nice, healthy room totally backfired! After painting the room (which looked amazing, if I do say so myself), I wanted to make sure the floor was really clean because we were using old dropcloths covered in who knows what. Instead of just mopping the floor with my regular Murphy's Oil Soap and having to wait for it to dry, I decided to spray some of that Clorox Green Works stuff on the floor and wipe it up with paper towels. I've used that cleaner a million times (not on wood floor) without incident, and truly thought it would be faster and cleaner than [what turns into] dirty mop water. CLEANING FAIL.

I have no idea what happened, but the cleaner left this noxious smell in the room that airing out overnight with the windows wide open and fans everywhere could not kill! I had to re-mop the floor like 5 times with plain water to neutralize the odor. The weird thing was it didn't smell bad, exactly, it just messed up your throat post nasal drip style.

So next time you're tempted to clean your wood floor with some kind of new fangled cleaner, be warned! It's that whole ounce of prevention thing.

**PS- in case anyone thinks we made the baby sleep in this stinky room for 3 days, we didn't. He was safe :)

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