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Sunday, July 10, 2022

DIY Bathroom Surface Cleanser

Out here in rural America, people are pretty much done with the covid mandates, vaxxes, and shortages, even as our state government proclaims us the petri dish of the state and cries about the hospital being overwhelmed with patients. Of course, there is no mention that they could have chosen to prepare better or opt to use inexpensive treatment protocols that would halt the spread of the disease to others and stop the progression of it in the vast majority of patients if administered in a timely manner. Heaven forbid we do what has been proven to work in other parts of the world.

I’m not in any way denying that covid is real—it worked its way through most of my immediate family last month. Are you interested in how it went? I thought you would be. Keep in mind that we are a very close family—not huggy-feely-touchy, but we all have dinner together Friday through Sunday and play a lot of games. If you are not interested—and I wouldn’t blame you and won’t be offended—skip the italicized paragraphs to go directly to the bathroom cleanser instructions.

Jared’s fiancĂ©e (who is vaxxed, as well as her entire family) had it first. She interns in our hospital and tested negative. Jared started in with all the same symptoms a few days later and was quite miserable. He saw no need to test. And then Lydia got it. We also chose not to test, because, why? She’s homeschooled, so no need to test for public school reasons, and she stayed home from church because spreading any kind of illness is never nice.

The day Becky left to return to college, she came down with the same exact symptoms. Except she added a twist—she lost her sense of taste. There was no way she was going to get tested—we’re both cynics about that—and no way she was going to report her symptoms to anyone. She started in with the ivermectin and other supplements I sent with her. And immediately recovered.

Luke’s wife got it next (and she is vaxxed, though in the interest of full disclosure we will note that she did not get as sick as Luke), followed by their five-month-old daughter. And they saw no need to test, either. Then Luke got it. Because he is, as we all tease here, “small and weak like Piglet” (direct quote from Winnie-the-Pooh), he was absolutely miserable. Ready to die (but not really—just miserable). And because he works at one of the mines, he had to be tested. Naturally, he was positive.

Aaron (vaxxed) didn’t get it, but he also isolated himself a bit from the rest of us. I (definitely not vaxxed) did not get it, and in the words of the kids, I go around licking grocery store cart handles and doorknobs. This is not actually true. I merely finished off Lydia’s ramen when she was sick and I let her snuggle with me. Stuff like that. I also take Diamond V XPC yeast every day. And I have encouraged the rest of the family to use it also. Now they’re starting to become believers, because I never get sick.

Unfortunately, the fact that most people out here are done with the covid nonsense doesn't protect us from all the problems with supply disruptions and shipping that may or may not be a result of covid. Things are getting crazier every day. Anyway, I suspect that future shortages in cleaning supplies won’t actually be a result of people panic purchasing, but rather due to supply chain disruptions, whether in the form of inability to get the chemicals to make the product or containers to hold the product, or shipment of the finished product. Maybe the truckers will decide to call in sick like the Southwest pilots. Regardless, we will still need to clean the bathroom.

Here’s the recipe for a Soft Scrub-type bathroom surface cleanser that I got from my good friend Lorna. It’s terrific for porcelain and tile. (Test in an inconspicuous area for glass, granite, or Corian.) It cuts through soap scum and mildew, just like commercial cleaning products.

Bathroom Surface Cleanser

1 2/3 cups baking soda

1/2 cup liquid soap (or dish detergent)

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons white vinegar

Squirt bottle, like an empty dish detergent bottle, at least 16 ounces

Combine the baking soda and liquid soap in a bowl. Stir in the water and vinegar with a fork until all the lumps disappear. Pour the cleanser into a bottle and shake well before using. Squirt the cleanser on the area to be cleaned and scrub as usual. Rinse with water.

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