As a practically perpetually pregnant person — I’m a mom of three and have been either pregnant or breastfeeding for 10 years of my adult life — I’ve needed to make my surroundings clean in a nontoxic and green way.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m no snooty domestic diva. I strongly believe cobwebs not only keep mosquitoes at bay, but also lend a bit of atmosphere to a room. However, when you’re expecting, things change.
The most relaxed housekeeper becomes fascinated with the promises of specific mops on the home shopping network. You spend countless minutes perusing the different types of products available to clean your toilet (where you are also, as it happens, spending more time than usual). That strange goop on the stovetop suddenly becomes worth battling, sometimes for an entire Sunday afternoon. Yes, it’s weird — but if you’re expecting, you either know what I’m talking about, or I can pretty much guarantee you will by the time your baby is born.
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