I was running low on cleaning supplies so I made a trip to the local Walmart. While there I bought several bottles of hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar and witch hazel. To that I added several boxes of baking soda. The bottom of my cart was lined with nothing but those items. As I looked at the contents of my cart I expected to be questioned as to why I needed so many of these particular items.
At the checkout counter, the cashier ringing up my items looked at me and asked, “What are you making? Are you going to make a bomb or something?” It’s unfortunate that in today’s climate that’s the first thought that comes to a person’s mind.
I looked at her, smiled and said, “No, not a bomb. I make my own cleaning products. It’s cheaper and I know exactly what’s in them.”
She looked at me in a suspicious way and nodded.
The customer before me had a cart full of junk food and a sticky-faced toddler who had consumed several helpings of a gooey, chemical-laced snack. That, I guess, was a more acceptable sight. My array of frill-less items was cause for concern.
Fortunately, I had an ample supply of borax and washing soda at home. I might have been stopped and interrogated if I had purchased borax too. 😮