A funny thing happened one day when I asked my daughter n law to pick up some cleanser from the grocery store on her way home. I am a good house cleaner and I was cleaning her home for her while she was at work.
She had texted me to see if I needed anything from the store. I don’t prefer texting to talking but that is her favorite mode of communication. On this particular day, I was glad it was.
I sent her a message to tell her to pick me up some cleanser. Her reply was…..”What is Cleanser”? It was at that point that I stalled in answering her to absorb what she had just said. My first thought was, how can she not know what cleanser is? My next thought was…hmmm, okay this is more texting than I want to do, but here goes.
I told her, in what I thought was basic, understandable language what type of cleanser I was asking for, I even gave her well know brands. Her text returned with words something like,” I have never heard of such a thing“! “What section of the store do I find it”?
I put my cleaning supplies down and sat down to laugh and ponder this whole ordeal. I tried to put myself in her place, in her generation and then it got funnier. To her, cleanser was too generic of a term. Now days, cleanser refers to everything from beauty products to cleaning supplies of all kinds. But not so long ago, a reference to cleanser was a no- brainer for a woman. We understood it’s importance and knew there were only a few brands, where to find it, and what it was used for.
So for anyone reading today, let me tell you about cleanser! It is a scouring powder that comes in a shaker can. The two more popular brands are Ajax and Comet. As a rule you will find them on the cleaning aisle on the lower shelf, not at eye level with all the expensive newer products. It is very inexpensive and lasts a good long while.
If you read the recommended uses you will find that it is safe for most surfaces. It is important to use it on a wet or moist surface, which makes the powder somewhat a paste. If you let it sit on stubborn stains in a sink or tub it will remove most anything. It does have bleach in it and will need to be rinsed off well.
Cleanser is my go to for sinks, tubs, stains on tile and most hard surface floors.
Here are some pictures of both product types. I do not recommend the paste product over the powder as it is more expensive and does not allow you to control the concentration. They just charge more money to mix water into the powder to save you a step and you lose cleaning power.
Most of the cleaning products on the market today have many of the same ingredients of those that your grandmother used, they just charge a lot more for pretty packaging and those labels that say “New and Improved”. The budget conscience woman will stick to those basic ingredients and save a ton of money.
That is all for today.
Have a Blessed Day and Happy Cleaning
Ms Linda Darlene