I just finished cleaning the bathroom and I wondered, ” What would we do without spray bottles, the ones containing watered down detergent?” When I was a kid, we poured a concentrated detergent, like Pine Sole, into a pail, then added water. We got out the cleaning rag and, perish the thought, the scrub brush, and got to work. Another pail with clear water was for rinsing. True, we scrubbed the floor on our hands and knees, followed by a rinse.
I don’t remember my mother putting the cleaning rag into the washer, like I do after every use. But she did always rinse it. When it finally got stained and torn she’d get another one from the rag bag. Today there is something
called a swisher. It has a long handle and a specially treated pad, but no rag or brush. Just recently I came upon a toilet brush which after each cleaning you dispose of the attached cleaning pad. That would eliminate the small brush standing by our commodes, just sitting in its tiny plastic holder, collecting germs.
I did buy “Scrub Free Clean Shower.” Of course, it comes in a spray bottle. You just spray it on the shower’s walls after each use and no scrubbing is necessary. ( This is something you have to train your husband and kids to do.) It promises to remove soap scum, etc. But then, who uses soap anymore? I’m not sure, but I think this stuff works. We use it, but I still do my usual scrubbing of the walls. I’m guessing most women are doing the same thing.
Our dusters at home came from the rag bag, too. We’d get so far in our dusting and then open the door, going outside, to give the duster a shake.This was when most everybody heated with coal and the house really needed a dusting at least every Saturday, really daily. Today we use magnetic dust cloths and I’m not sure where the dust goes. But this I know, I’m sold on these.
Of course, much of the extra cost we experience in cleaning supplies today, is to help keep our homes germ-free. Considering all the newfangled cleaning products, are we really much cleaner today, then when I was a kid? How then should we explain why the last time we went to church, one-third of the people were coughing?
The Psalmist said, “Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.” Of course, this is making reference to cleansing from sin. This is no job for any of us, no matter what cleaning supplies are on hand. Only Christ is capable of doing this, and that comes only after repentance of sins. Then there’s no question of a thorough cleansing here because true repentance is followed by a changed life.