Alice’s Miracle Caffeinated Cleaner
March 19, 2014
Last night Alice called to say she’s discovered the answer to dusty mirrors and oh, so much more.
She’d been sitting quietly thinking about nothing much for a while, she said, when she pulled her hand mirror from the top drawer of the desk next to her La-Z-Boy. She claimed the little mirror was so dirty she couldn’t see her face.
“How dirty could a mirror that stays in a drawer possibly be?” I wondered.
“Maybe some of that problem could have been my eyes,” she admitted.
She wanted to clean the mirror so she could see herself better, but she didn’t want to get up, go to the kitchen, bend over and root around under the sink for a bottle of Windex.
“Why not try some coffee?” she asked herself.
She dipped the corner of a piece of Kleenex into the coffee she’d been drinking and rubbed the tissue hard on the mirror. Then she wiped it off with a dry piece of Kleenex.
The result was thrilling. “What a difference!”
“Then,” she said, “I started looking for other things I could use it for. I thought well, I’ll try it on my glasses, and so I did and my, they just shine!”
“You’re very inventive,” I said.
“Wait, I’m not done. I looked down at my shoes and thought they could use a lift, so I switched from Kleenex to a small towel, and I put one end of the towel into the coffee, got it good and wet, and then wiped my shoes with it. It did wonders for them. They look better than when I bought them.”
Since she got them at Goodwill, this might have been an easy-to-come-by improvement.
“It’s just wonderful,” she said. “I’ve been cleaning everything around here. My glasses are so clean now. There’s no fog on them at all. At least I don’t think so.”
She’d used Folger’s instant coffee. “Do you have any on hand?” she asked. “You should try it.
I don’t have coffee of any kind in the house, but maybe you do and would like to give this a shot.
Ever since Alice told me about her very own make-up recipe, I probably shouldn’t be surprised by her ability to find a new use for anything, let alone coffee because that was a key ingredient in the make-up, too.
I can’t get the video to embed for some reason, but I highly recommend: London Swing Orchestra “You’re the Cream in My Coffee”