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The Great Spray Debate

images-4.jpegHad an unexpected run-in today at the gym. While I was minding my own business on the elliptical machine watching a really intriguing Michael Jackson special on E!, I was snapped back into my own reality when a woman who I thought was one of the maintenance workers began spraying down the machine right next to me and I started inhaling the fumes.

I gave the woman the dirtiest look I could muster and then flat out said to her - "You know, that's really dangerous. You shouldn't be spraying a toxic cleaner while the rest of us are trying to work out and get healthy." To which she replied, "I don't care. I got sick twice here and I'd rather inhale fumes then touch someone else's sweat."

And that's when it hit me. That woman didn't work at the gym, she was about to workout herself! Which means, she took it upon herself to find the spray cleaner and some paper towels and proceeded to spritz down the entire machine until she felt it was completely germ free.

Now I am all for cleaning machines once you've gotten your flop sweat all over them, but what I am vehemently against are spray cleaners in public. My own mom has had two instances where she breathed in toxic fumes from spray and aerosol cleaners and actually wound up with bronchitis from it! Would it really be so hard to use an anti-bacterial wipe to clean those machines? Do I really need to be subjected to some kooky woman's extreme position on cleanliness in my neighborhood gym?

Honestly, am I over-reacting or do you think there's a better way to clean gym machines that don't involve toxic sprays? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Meanwhile, over at the Swiffer SocialLuxe Lounge site, where I'm one of the co-hostesses, we're in the process of hosting a fabulous cleaning giveaway (how ironic is that?) If you share your best cleaning disaster story you can win the brand spankin' new Swiffer redesigned WetJet which allows new moms to better clean their floors while the Antibacterial Solution leaves their floors hygienically cleaner. The comments are coming in fast and furious and you've got to be in it to win it so hop on over to the SocialLuxe Lounge and start sharing.
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Posted in: Blog, Undercover Mom on 07/10/2009

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