I will now share a lesson we learned this week that I can see coming in handy again and possibly even again. Maybe it will help you too.
So there you are, minding your own business and putting away groceries or maybe cooking dinner, when you shift a bottle of oil over. Maybe it was in the pantry, maybe it was in the cabinet under the sink. Or maybe it was put somewhere it shouldn't have been by one of your children because there have been one too many snows days already. Who knows? I'm not here to judge. I'm just here to inform. But the bottle of oil tips over and you freeze, horrified and fascinated all at once as the oil slowly covers first one kitchen floor tile, then another and another and well, there are just so many thoughts running through your head -
Was the oil really uncovered?
Was I the last one to use it?
How am I going to finish baking with no oil left?
It's only been three seconds, how can so much oil be on the floor?
How the heck are we (and by we, I mean Josh) going to clean this up!?
How, indeed? All excellent questions. And while I cannot answer the first four questions, I can tell you how Josh is going to clean this up. And how do I know, you ask? I'll tell you. We did what we always do when we have no idea what to do. To quote my mom, "To the internet!". And so we googled and learned. Corn Starch. Who knew?
Just sprinkle, or dump, a bunch of corn starch over the oil spill. Walk away for a few minutes - and now, by the way, would be a good time to close the gates to the kitchen so the children do not stroll into the kitchen and go flying, only to land on their tushes. Not that anyone here has ever had that happen to them with oil. Chocolate milk, yes. Oil, no.
But I digress. Wait a while and magic will happen. The corn starch will soak up all the oil. Then just spray the floor with Fantastik or some other cleaning agent - perhaps something natural, like vinegar - and wipe up with a paper towel.
Good as new. Good job Josh.
Are you a Mom?
Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)