Adventures of a Wanna Be Green Mommy

I was trying to be a good "green" mommy and teach my son a science lesson at the same time.  Don't ask why I thought this would be a good idea for a 4 and 1/2 year old.  Just chalk it up to sleep deprivation as my daughter experiences night terrors.  In any event, I thought that my son could help me with my efforts to keep our drains clog free, and I could teach him a little bit about acids and bases at the same time.  

The premise:  you can clean and deodorize drains, and keep them clog free, by pouring in 1 cup of baking soda, followed by 1 cup of white distilled vinegar.  The baking soda is basic, and the vinegar is acidic, so they react with a foaming/churning reaction.  Let it foam for 5 minutes or so, then run hot water down the drain.

To make it more fun for him, I let him add a drop of food coloring to the vinegar so that the foam would be a fun color.   This activity was met with great enthusiasm, and he diligently helped me do all the drains.  I was very pleased with myself for actually completing a household chore and combining it with a science lesson.

So, I'm in the kitchen rummaging around and trying to scrabble together a somewhat healthy dinner when it just gets too quiet.  The type of quiet when you know your children are doing something that they shouldn't be doing.  I go into my son's room, and find green, water streaked walls.  He's made green water by filling the bathroom sink and adding food coloring.  And he is using a towel to wash the walls.  He cheerfully tells me "I'm being green, mommy."  Hmmmm . . .   

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