Saturday, March 28, 2009

Cleaning the Toilet Will Be the Death of Me

Remember when your mother would say, "clean the bathroom, it's not going to kill you"? It would seem my mother underestimated my, um, talented use of The Works.

Who could forget my first call to Poison Control when I got it in my eyes?

And now, may I add to the list for your amusement, asphyxiation by commode.

It was a fierce week at work and well, I'm a Monica, cleaning makes me feel better. I was tackling the bathroom and thought, multitasking is good! ...right? Did you know if you're letting The Works do it's thing in your toilet bowl and you spray Windex all over the rim in effort to get through the chore faster, you will create toxic blue smoke? Huh.

I mean! Thank goodness it's Spring and I was able to fling open the window and turn the fan on. (Not that you'd know it's Spring because we're supposed to get 4 inches of snow today, but that's for another post.) Turns out my little science experiment is a common mistake, but one rarely repeated.

That's what I'm here for folks, Public Service at every turn,
Carolynn

14 comments:

Sara@i.Sass said...

Oh goodness, I laughed so hard at this.
So C science was never you thing eh?
Mine either.

Blessed said...

that sounds like some of the cleaning experiences I've had... :D

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

Thanks to your tip, I have now written off cleaning my toilets for three months, guilt free. :)

Ron said...

Omigosh .. that is hilarious .. well .. it is since you are okay .. God bless your lil' thumping gizzard (heart)

Patrice said...

Been there done that, not pleasant!

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

Oh goodness--glad you are ok. In college, we mixed bleach and ammonia! We had to leave the apartment for a while after that!

Heather of the EO said...

I had no idea. I think I've been spared this experience by a miracle because I know I've sprayed windex at the bowl after putting in the works. Now I kind of want to do it to see what happens...

yes, I'm weird.

Growin' with it! said...

welp, another excuse for my lazy housecleaning gig!!

Octamom said...

Oh, Girl! I'm glad you're okay! Yikes!

Blessings!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Great post! I nearly died laughing.

Did you notice that something has been missing from your blog? It might have appeared around the time I stopped commenting? I’m sorry about all that. I took a little hiatus from the blogosphere, but I couldn’t stay away too long. After a break, I had to come by again and see what you’ve been up to.

Glad that I did.

-Francesca

PS: Thanks for the birthday love!

Domestically Disabled Girl said...

Hmm, should I tell you that I do know that using 2 different brands of toilet cleaner will also create a hazy smoke? One that makes you cough and have watery eyes? Glad your back blogging!

jubilee said...

Is it weird that I've never thought to use Windex on a toilet?

Debbie said...

I'm glad you are OK. That is exactly why I buy that nontoxic cleaning stuff!

Peaches said...

HYSTERICAL! I too have experienced the weird smoke between bleach in the bathtub and ammonia in the windex for the fixtures. LETHAL!