Adulting 101- Handling Chemicals

Adulting 101- Handling Chemicals

Dear Boys,

In our modern world, you will have to handle all sorts of chemicals when you have to clean things, or clean yourself. Soaps, detergents, bleaches, body lotions, antiseptic lotion, mouth wash, insecticides and a lot more. A lot of the things we eat contains chemicals as well, but that is another topic for some other day.

Today we talk about the poisonous ones.

Some of these chemical are essential for you to clean out stubborn stains, kill germs and also the smell that comes along with moldy growth and bacteria build up.

You will need to choose the ones that has the best effect. Some of these chemicals cleans wells because they are very concentrated and we will not work very well under a prolonged exposure to them.

Bleach Poisoning

THIS IS REAL.

It happened to a guy, when he was using bleach in a confined place and he inhaled too much chlorine and thankfully he was able to get himself to the hospital and they managed to save him from burning his lungs.

This is real because it almost happen to me, when I was using a ‘Seriously Thick Bleach’ cleaning the bathroom floor. I was so happy the chemical lifted the stubborn dirt just like that, and I cheerily poured more onto the floor. and soon enough, the place was filled with invisible chlorine vapors.

Thankfully I read about the case, and brought a fan to give some ventilation, but it was a tad too late. While I didn’t need to go to the hospital, but I end up with a wheezing dry cough, which took a day to go away.

Another very strong bleach

Dishwashing Liquid

Other chemicals can be dish washing detergent, and when you use them, you must make sure you rinse your crockeries properly to wash the residue off. Also you need to put enough to make sure the grimes and oils are washed off. It’s a fine line but after some practice you should be able to get it. If you taste the soap, means you didn’t rinse it properly, can’t miss the signs, it’s damn obvious. The bubbles are visual cues you’ll need to put extra rinse as well.

There is a plethora of brands all clamoring with the magic of washing oil and grease ‘effortlessly’. Gentle on hands, easy rinse and all that slogans

Don’t buy into that, it is all marketing to get you to buy their stuff. Usually I’ll get the cheapest ones. After some trial and error, you’ll find a decent brand that is not too expensive and yet promises to do all that. Please don’t go for the expensive stuff, you will be literally washing your money down the drain.

Washing your cloths

Washing machines are ubiquitous these days and we will need a decent detergent. We are currently using a liquid detergent and we love the smell and how ‘clean’ our clothes came out. The detergent also promises to kill germs, remove sweat smell, and is tough on stains.

We also add ‘Dettol’ into the machine, for added antiseptic reasons. and it is a good mix, our cloths smells nice and not like the hospital.

Choosing this too us a bit of trail and error as well, and we didn’t like powered ones, this worked fine and until it doesn’t or they discontinue this brand, we will most likely stick with this.

Oh we don’t use softeners simply because we find no use for them. In fact using them leaves a kind of smoothness on our clothes and it isn’t really a good thing, because softeners don’t really ‘soften’ your clothes, it simply leaves a light coat of some chemical on your fabric and you’ll think that it is ‘softer’.

Cleaning your Washing Machine drum

Oh you will occasionally need do a drum clean on your washing machine so that the machine can ‘detox’ itself from any residual washing machine detergents and other funny chemicals which you might have added. Cleaning your washing machine helps it better clean your clothes.

Personal Hygiene

These are the usual suspects, of course, we didn’t include shaving cream for guys, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, facial wash, and other stuffs we put on ourselves so that we can be clean.

Again, there are many brands out there that tells you how they can out-clean you away from the competitions. We don’t have a hard and fast rule but we will buy one, try it and stick with it. Cost is a big factor here, and we usually won’t buy the really expensive ones, and we also will try to stay away from the really cheap ones, as we might perceive those as harsher to the skin and makes our beautiful skin drier.

Easy being difficult

Dear Boys,

You will come to a point in time, where you have to decide, with discipline on proceeding to do something worthwhile on a long consistent basis.

The difficulty in such an endeavor is how deceptively easy it will look, and you will be lulled into thinking at easily said, easily done. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

It is the easy things that will trick you into the difficult.

Nothing is really hard to do, if we put our mind to it, we can break hard things down into easy parts and do them. But sometimes, doing exactly that is the most counter productive thing.

When things seem easy to do, ironically, we have lesser motivations to do them. Simply because they are easy to do!

There is, (pun intended) no easy way out of this. You have to remain ever vigilant for the easy stuffs. and do them, condition your mind to do them, do things, accomplish things, irrespective if they are easy or not. Try not to brand things, as ‘easy’ or ‘hard’. Things are never ‘easy’ and never very ‘hard’. you just need to stay focused and get them done.

First posted February 26, 2014