The other day, I was deep-cleaning my apartment. The spring cleaning bug has bitten me rather early this year…
But as I was cleaning, I realized something that I hadn’t quite put together before. We had run out of most of our cleaning supplies, so I flipped through this book, and gathered up a few supplies we had on hand.
Everything worked well, but occasionally, there were spots that just wouldn’t come out no matter what I poured on them. Frustrated, I grabbed a wet towel and scrubbed at them—and they came off. Quite easily, in fact.
That’s when I realized that the best cleaning supply we have is friction.
Yes, formulas and mixtures help—sometimes it doesn’t work without them—but nothing can replace a thorough scrubbing. This is true for most things:
Friction (or rather lack of friction) is why sometimes you have to scrub a pan even after it’s run through the dishwasher. It’s why laundry loads work better with a full load than half a load; the friction between the clothes is what cleans them. And it’s why, when no amount of soap and water will remove a jelly stain, wiping it with a cloth will.
It’s also free, non-toxic, and you don’t have to worry about your children finding it—in fact, it’s better if they do.
Getting back to a simpler life brings a lot of these realizations. Most of the time, the old-fashioned, time-tested methods are the ones that work the best.
Have you had any cleaning revelations recently?