My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.
Oh I do love all things Erma! She never fails to make me laugh. There is a lot of wisdom mixed in with that wit.
As I was cleaning house, I started thinking about how much things have changed and how some things have stayed the same.
Case in point: cleaning the sink. I scrub my sink with Comet and only Comet. My mother used Comet and I use Comet. I have in the past tried store brands and even Ajax and always return to Comet. Does it clean better than the others? I don't know. I just know that using Comet just feels right.
Case in point: washing the clothes. I do not miss the days when our only laundry options were powder detergents. I remember using powder and it seems that it didn't always wash out. You were left with grainy clothes. I love my liquid laundry detergent. My go to brand is Tide Free (Unscented/No Dyes). I wait until it goes on sale and then buy it in bulk. I remember reading that you don't have to add as much detergent that is prescribed on the bottle. I use about half as much and my clothes clean up just fine.
Case in point: sweeping the floor. Remember the days of sweeping with just a straw broom? That's how I swept for many many years. My good friend from San Diego was visiting and introduced me to the Swiffer Sweeper. I saw the light! Sweeping became much easier (and more enjoyable)! No more dust pan needed. I do occasionally sweep the old fashioned way when I'm feeling nostalgic.
Case in point: vacuuming. The first vacuum cleaner I used was one of those octopus canister vacuums. It was heavy to pull around and the hose was cumbersome. The electrical cord pulled out and then recoiled in with a tug. If you weren't careful, the cord would whip you on its way back in. And then there was the upright vacuum cleaner... a slight step up as far as appliances go but I'm not a big fan. When the Roomba first came out, my husband wanted to get one for me. I fought it tooth and nail. We don't need it. It's expensive. etc.. And then there was a sale so we bought one. And... I love it. In the new house, a few bedrooms have carpeting and this is where the Roomba comes in. We are hoping to replace the carpeting one day with hardwood floors but until then, the Roomba does what it does best.
Do you use the same cleaning products and/or clean your house the same way your mother did?