“A Little List” -The Updated Version

You know that hilarious song in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado where the Lord High Executioner sings about all the people he’s got on his list who won’t be missed? You know, “people who eat peppermint and puff it in your face,” and “children who are up in dates and floor you with ’em flat,” and “the idiot who praises, in enthusiastic tone, all centuries but this, and every country but his own.” It always concludes with “they’ll none of them be missed.”

Well, I realize that the era is most likely responsible for the oversight, but I’d really like to know why the people who make mattress pads with kleenex for the sides were not mentioned. They would not be missed. Also, whoever it was that dreamed up that horrific removable plastic yucka-do thing on the base of toilets that covers the screws. Seriously, not missed.

But on a brighter note – something that can give us hope that these grievous things will be remedied someday – have you all seen the new flat bottomed taco shells? Talk about progress! They stand up by themselves, fill easily, and clearly do not take any more work to make. Brilliant. Also, a big shout-out to the great minds behind the Clorox Toilet Wand. I don’t want them to think that we don’t appreciate the thought that went behind keeping us from needing to touch toilet brushes. Gone are the days when you have to put that wet grody thing somewhere. What a victory.

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16 thoughts on ““A Little List” -The Updated Version

  1. I love this! And you had me googling “Clorox Toilet Want” with lightning speed. I’m buying one tomorrow.

  2. I always enjoy the story of our friend, who walked in on her son drinking toilet water OUT of that nasty yucka-do thing! Blech!

  3. I have a dear friend at my church who was busy with her kiddos and didn’t look up as her son lovingly brushed her hair…until she realized he was using the toilet bowl brush! Yuck!

  4. Fact: I gave up on toilet wands of all stripes some time ago. My alternative, you ask with a doubting look? Well, I just put my hand in there with a rag (the last thing I do with it before projecting it down the stairs for a good dose of bleach), get up under the edge really well, then flush and scrub.

  5. And I thank the makers of Clorex Clean Up–the only thing I’ve found that really removes the odor produced around the yucka-do toilet things. I have two young boys.

  6. “…plastic yucka-do thing on the base of toilets that covers the screws…”

    I can’t believe you would mention that! I was just scrubbing my toilet today and broke the second “yucka-do thing” off trying to lift it to clean under it! And I thought, “Who in the world designs these things???” Obviously people who don’t clean their toilets!!!

    BTW, I think “Magic Erasers” are a pretty good invention too.
    They can get crayon off the wall in a jiffy. :)

  7. The mattress pads with kleenex sides reminds me of those economy diapers and baby wipes, the makers of which would not be missed.
    I’m thinking of the diapers on which the tape tabs rip off while you are putting the diaper on (so you have to begin again with a new diaper), and the baby wipes which are too thin for the job (so you have to use three times as many).
    I’m not complaining, just noticing.

  8. I am glad to find out that we are not the only people who have had tremendously awful things happen with a toilet brush. I threw mine away a month ago and have been looking around for inspiration ever since. The whole hand-with-a-rag method didn’t exactly ring my bells either. I hope you’re getting a good commission from Clorox, Rachel.

  9. Just don’t do what I did and decide that Clorox Cleanup is a good thing to spray your flat mophead with when you’re cleaning the kitchen floor in a hurry.

    Just did that last week, and my kitchen smelled strongly of chlorine for 48 hours. It’s not meant to be used in that quantity.

  10. Missy–totally hear you on the cheapo diapers and wipes! I bought some once thinking I could save a little money–wrong! I ended up using twice as many and so spent actually MORE than I would have on good ‘ole Huggies! :)

  11. Rachel–I had the same thought about our Kleenex-sided crib mattress pad! :) I just recently cut/ripped the half-shredded stuff off and am using just the pad as backup protection for the couch during potty-training. :) I have since bought the slightly more expensive Sealy crib pads off Amazon, and they are completely different.

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