My husband laughs at me — in a kind way, he insists — every time he sees me do something like this. I try to explain that there is indeed a method to my madness, and that behind every quirky tactic in our household is an accident that’s now easier to avoid. But he still thinks stuff like this annotated bottle is funny.
It was a whole lot less funny when one of our au pairs used the Lysol Disinfectant Mildew Remover wth BLEACH to clean her bathroom, and ruined the (fabric) shower curtain and several towels.
I am often telling the kids, our au pairs, and myself that if something is damaged by being used the way it is supposed to be used, there is no reason to get mad. When playclothes get muddy when the kids are outside, bowls get chipped when the table is being cleared, or the handle on the snow shovel breaks when our au pair is helping to clear the front steps, I can take that all in stride. Those sorts of things come with the territory.
But sometimes au pairs (and others) aren’t really clear how things are supposed to be used, or what they should watch out for when using them. That’s were I come in. Some things can be managed by teaching, but other things are best managed in some other way.
Yes, I do keep the cleaner with bleach in a special cabinet, away from other cleaning products and tools. And yes, this particular system does depend on someone actually reading the ‘extra alert’. I haven’t figured out a way to insure that– but I’m trying.