I stumbled on more ridiculous items, this time for food and cleaning around the house. When you come up with one convenience why not make twenty of them? Today I am taking a look at all the things we could waste money on around the house. First thing up is food. I still remember making my baby food, it was super easy, just take what I was eating and toss it in a blender with liquids (if needed). Fill ice-cube trays with the extras to freeze for another day. Cost pennies. Look what children are getting now. A plastic pouch that they can basically drink their food from. They never have to learn to use utensils. And look how much they cost. A chicken and casserole dinner costs $2.29, that’s just one meal or for a toddler part of a meal. Best of all no dishes to wash.
I had a stack of ice-cube trays, some for making ice, some for freezing foods in. But today we don’t have to waste our precious time filling trays of water and waiting for them to freeze. Before a large get together or for really hot days I would even go so far as to refill my trays with more water, and keep a clean bucket in the freezer for the frozen cubes. My trays cost very little at the time, but today, if you catch a sale, you can have your own ice-cube maker for only $179.99, it better clean my house as well for that price.
Speaking of cleaning the house, there is no need for the basket of rags anymore. You can fill that basket with disposable wipes. Forget the hydrogen peroxide that will remove stains for pennies you can now wipe away clothing stains and toss the rag in the trash.
Who doesn’t worry about wine stains on their teeth? Now you can carry disposable wipes to clean those stains quickly, are we still supposed to run to the little girls’ room with our friends when we clean our teeth?
We’ve all seen the glass wipes and wood polish wipes for furniture, but don’t forget your cell phone. They do carry germs and can’t be cleaned without a special wipe. Want to know how I clean my cell? I very lightly dampen a rag with hydrogen peroxide wipe and forget about it. I haven’t gotten sick yet.
Let’s not forget carpet and upholstery, they get dirty too. Again I must be crazy for using a rag and brush to clean with my vinegar, water, and soap mixture when I need to treat a spot. What was I thinking I could just pull a disposable wipe and toss it out when I’m finished.
I can’t forget pets, they need special care. We love them so a disposable wipe is worth their comfort, isn’t it? This all in one wipe will remove pet odors, moisturize your pets skin and remove dander.
You know I”m looking at Zakk, exactly how is this product supposed to moisturize a Golden Retriever’s skin, try getting to it, as for dander a nice metal comb seems to be doing the trick. Why would we buy this wipe when Zakk still needs a good combing to remove the loose fur?
Can you believe that in addition to brushing my dogs I would give them a raw egg each morning for a healthy coat and garlic powder to prevent fleas?
I was never one you would find outside grilling, although anyone who wants to grill me some veggies and pineapple just say the word, I”ll be there. ;-) But when my son decided grilling was his thing I pointed him to a wire brush to clean the grill and of course soapy rags to complete the job. Today, it’s so much easier, just carry out these disposable wipes and they will clean and condition your grill. Does a grill need to be conditioned?
Out of curiosity I did a search for cleaning wipes, Amazon popped up often. I found 20 pages filled with disposable wipes just for our skin. I was shocked by how many carried “natural” and other terms to get us to buy them. Bert’s Bees has a couple for babies as well. I won’t bore you with any more pictures, I’m sure you see them all the time in the stores, unless you are like me and don’t go into the cleaning or health and beauty aisles.
I would like to share a story with you that changed how I looked at the convenience products I was using. It was 1987, and I had hired a Filipino woman as my baby sitter. She treated my boys as if they were her own. I was just starting to make changes in my life at this point. I was looking at food differently after being diagnosed with cancer, but I never thought about the disposable diapers or baby wipes. That is until the day I walked into my house to find my infant son being held over the kitchen sink with a bare butt. Laughing I asked what she was doing. She replied that she used the wipes I told her to, but couldn’t leave the soapy residue on his skin, it might irritate it. Every time she changed his diaper she used a disposable baby wipe to clean him, because that’s how I did it, then carried him to the sink and rinsed his butt off.
That night I gave a lot of thought to what I was doing. What was in those wipes? I returned to wash cloths to clean my children. Today, I look at all the disposable wipes available and wonder if anyone thinks about the residue being left. If a wipe for your grill conditions it as well, what remains? Will it be absorbed into your food the next time you grill?
It’s not just about the garbage we are producing, it’s also about the health of our family and loved ones. What is your opinion on the growing trend of disposable cleaning products?