Does anyone know how to get liquid Ivory dish detergent off the floor? If so, will you please give me a clue in the comments?
To save on the wasteful amounts of detergent those squirt caps that come on detergent bottles dispense, I pour my detergent into a squirt bottle. One small squirt goes a very long way and makes a bottle of the stuff last forever.
Well, this morning, just as I was about to run out the door, I spotted one of those ONE MORE JOBS that need to be done right this minute: wash out the blender jar before the remains of the breakfast blendie petrified to it. Picked up the squirt bottle, grabbed the handle, and the thing fell apart. Before I could catch it, the bottle of detergent, now lidless, bounced across the counter, flew into the air, and splatted down on the floor. About 14 ounces of liquid goop burbled out, all over the tiled kitchen floor.
I used a roll of paper towels trying to soak up as much as possible. Then hauled out the bucket and tried to wipe it up with water. Every squeeze of the sponge into the bucket results in a bucketful of suds. And adding water to the gunk on the floor creates a slippery patch of slime—so slippery that when I’m down on hands and knees my knees slide out from under me!
Lordie, what a mess! This is even worse than the time I knocked a quart of paint off a ladder onto the shag carpet! At least paint-soaked rugs aren’t a menace to life and limb. This stuff is right in front of the sink, and if I slip in it and fall, that tile is freaking hard!
I’ve got to go to work. Having done the best I can to soak and sponge it up, I’m going to toss a throw rug over it to keep from breaking my neck until such time as I can figure out what to do. One idea I had is to slop water on it and then suck it up with the shop vac…trouble is, the kickboard around the floor is made of the same wood as the cabinets. It’s already gotten soapy water in behind it, which surely won’t do it any good. I’m afraid if I get a lot more water on that, it’ll wreck the stuff.
Got any ideas?
Image: Ivory Soap poster, 1898: public domain