I have been under a rock. A good friend sent me this Holderness Family video about slime, which is already so last year (or more). It’s spot on, but I didn’t get to see it when it was released because I was BUSY trying to remove glue/shaving cream compounds from my counters.
I quarantined slime production to the kids’ bathroom. They carry it all over the house, and I have scrubbed it out of the carpet, picked it off the cat’s fur, and recycled three generations of plastic food containers that absorbed the soaps and scents.
My bane was the bathroom counter. Not only is it the slime-making epicenter, it’s also where my kids brush their teeth. So, the toothpaste spit gets in the act. Yuck.
I did what any adult woman would do; went crying to my mommy. Oh, I can only imagine what would have happened to me if I spilled purple glitter slime on the living room rug. She would have scalped me. And sent me to school with a slime toupee. But, I digress.
My mom thought it was totally cool that my kids, especially my daughter, had a slime habit. “Creative!” she said, “Sensory! Genius!” Yeah, yeah, but what about my counters?!?
“Have you tried Barkeeper’s Friend?”
“Which one? Rum or video poker? Neither seem to work.”
Of course, she was talking about the abrasive cleanser she used for years to make us clean the ring around the bathtub.
I ran out and bought some. Now’s the time I mention this is a free WordPress site and I don’t make a dime from Barkeeper’s Friend. (But, just in case you purveyors of fine household cleaning agents are reading, I’d be happy to talk!)
You can see by these professional, high-def pictures that I have a kind of camo-Formica thing going on. Perfect for a kids’ bathroom because it hides dirt, right? But it doesn’t hide texture! There’s dried glue all over the damn thing, and at first, I was using hot water, swearing, and elbow grease to wear down the topography. (No soap required!) But, I found that if I ran a wet cloth over the counter,
let it soften the glue,
and then shook the magical angel sand over the whole area,
everything sloughed right off like a sunburn.
It hasn’t completely healed my relationship with slime, but it reduces my cleaning and weeping time by a lot. Removing the dried-on slime might almost give me the same satisfaction that making the slime gives my kids. Hmmm, I think I will share that with them. Something tells me it might put a damper on their process.