I’m having hard time keeping my apartment clean, even though I live by myself. How did you keep a household of five children clean and spotless?
Jenny: To be honest, my house was never in “tip-top” condition. I think most mothers understand. There’s a saying (I think it’s a white people saying) that “a messy house is a happy house.” But this only applies if you have kids. If you don’t have kids and have a messy house? Well, it just means you’re lazy and don’t care about your hygiene. My main cleaning agent? Bi-carb and vinegar. You make it in a paste, and it cleans most things, especially your oven. Always keep a spray bottle of vinegar on your kitchen bench. If you have any lipstick on surfaces – spray vinegar and wipe it off. It’s like magic. Don’t use chemicals please. In 10 or 20 years, you’ll get cancer or something.
Also, don’t wear shoes inside the house. It’s common sense. You don’t need scientist researching. You’ll bring back all the bacteria, like after you’ve been to public toilets. White people walking around the house with their shoes on – ugh! When I arrived in Australia, the real estate people showed us inside the house, and I realised: some people put their shoes inside their wardrobe. I was worse than shocked. Appalled, disgusted, all these words. I was like, what the fuck is that. (Am I allowed to say that?) My god. What if you stepped on shit in a public park? Dog shit, whatever shit, people’s vomit, dried up vomit, semi-dried vomit. Then later, you think, Why does my house smell like shit? Then the poor Mum has the clean the shit! Now a lot of white people – not just OCD white people, but average ones too – they’re learning from us too.
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