My mother was a Very Clean Woman. She taught me the Proper Way to clean many things. Here is just a small sample of the things that I used to know how to clean properly:
- the toilet
- the tubs
- the baseboards (Who the heck cleans those things anyway?)
- a light fixture
- the refrigerator
- the range hood (if that's even what that thing is called) and all its respective parts
- the inside of the oven
- silver (the real kind that you eat off of, not the kind you wear - because I still know how to clean that)
- the bottoms of all my pans
- the windows - inside and out
In the interest of my happiness (I think) hubby let's me have a cleaning lady. He's such a great guy that in the past when we've had to tighten our proverbial belts (different from chastity belts, but I'm sure just as painful) he politely makes no move to "cut" the cleaning lady. Suffice it to say: Hubby is the best, and I pretty much love our cleaning lady.
As much as I love our cleaning lady, there are two things that have me a little worried. 1. She does have limitations. She clearly outlines the items she does not clean (see above list minus tubs and toilets). And I wonder: Is this in the hopes that the actual homeowner will manage those? YIKES! And, the other thing that has me a little worried: (since I no longer really remember) 2. I fear my children are not ever going to know the proper way to clean things.
It seems that we may have reached a point at which my two concerns have converged in such a way that *kind of* makes me want to have a cleaning refresher course.
My conversation with Girl 2 the other day:
Girl 2 in kitchen gazing up toward the range hood: Mom, what's that nasty looking thing up there?
Me: Oh, that? That's called a....hmm.....I think that thing's called a range hood.
Girl 2: What's that thing inside of it that's all..........gooey?
Me: Oh. Hmm............that mesh looking thing? I'm not really sure what that's called. (I have a vision of my mom rolling over in her grave.) Why do you want to know???
Girl 2: Well, it looks gross. I guess it can't be cleaned?
Me: Hmm. (Feeling suddenly and oddly defensive about said gooey thing or myself for not cleaning it.) No, I think it can be cleaned.
Girl 2: How would you clean it?
Me: Good question. (Thinking: How would you clean that nasty looking thing? But more importantly: WHY?) I think you could just put it in the dish washer?
Girl 2: Hmm. So...........I guess you just don't?
Ouch. It would be fair to say I was hurt. It's left me wondering a little about cleaning and the possibility that I should take it more seriously.
But, I have decided that until she (or anyone else who lives here) discovers something else that is lacking in cleanliness, I will wait patiently for the feeling to pass and try to avoid the Range Hood.