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Mistaken Identity

The bathroom was clean except for the mirrors.  I needed Windex.  I went to the kitchen and grabbed a couple of paper towels, then reached under the kitchen sink and pulled out my brand new blue bottle.

Back in the bathroom I sprayed the mirror and scrubbed.  And scrubbed.  And scrubbed.  It kept smearing and seemed a bit sticky.

More Windex.  Spray.  Spray.

Scrub — it was stickier!  And smeared.  What the ….!

I grabbed the blue spray bottle, turned it around and read the label.   Oxy-Clean Stain Remover.  Oh.

I went to the cupboard that houses my laundry supplies and checked the shelf.  Windex, sure enough.

That means that yesterday the window cleaner did an excellent job of getting the soy sauce out of my t-shirt ……

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Quilly…therein lies the undoing of 30+ fish I had for over 5 yrs. The Aqua-Chem (blue & white bottle) got mixed up with the Aqua-Guard (blue & white bottle) One kills algae(fish pond) & the other kills everything(pool) Ah….we live & learn that some things have just gotta be kept separated.

  2. Love — I hate to disillusion you, but putting me back in 5th grade will not change my personality. I will still sometimes forget to pay attention. Que sera, sera.

    Skinny — ack! I’m glad my mix up didn’t kill anything but a paper towel!

  3. too funny. How many times I have done the same sort of thing….put the sugar in the trash and the empty wrapper in my tea for example.

  4. Hey! Thanks for checking out my blog. Yours is wonderful and very witty =) BTW…I was reading The Grown-ups Wanted Us Dead and I have to say that your stories totally sucked me in. THey are hilaroius! I was laughing sooo hard. You really should publish that stuff, it’s priceless!

  5. Colleen — I’m glad you liked my stories. I may start posting on TGWUD again. I still have plenty of stories to tell, but that kind of writing takes time!

  6. SN — I have seen the movie, but so long ago I had forgotten that bit.

    Chewy — I love making people laugh. Come back anytime.

    Mary — since I use a stick deodorant, I haven’t had that misfortune, but I once put Poligrip Dental Adhesive on my toothbrush.

  7. A couple of years ago, for two or three weeks I used creamy shower gel as lotion. It took me that long to notice.

    Very funny stuff, here.

  8. OY! Hate it when that happens! I’ve made nearly the same mistake — only wondering why MY stuff wouldn’t cut grease in the kitchen! LOL! These things should be “standardized”, shouldn’t they?

  9. haha, well maybe windex is multi-function. did you see, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the father of the bride put windex on everything……including pimples. haha

    Reminds me of the time that I tried on the lotion at the grocery store, only to find out it was liquid soap. Talk about sticky…….couldn’t figure out why it wouldn’t rub in….

  10. Jennifer — oh my gosh! That cracked me up. Wasn’t it sticky?

    Melli — they are standardized — by our standardized failure to pay attention!

    Nea — so I was reminded.

    VE — well, I’d say “yes” since you’re the third person with that recollection.

    Polona — I love Oxy-Clean for certain stains, but I think the stains in hell might be even beyond it’s scope.

    Bill — yuck! Ptooey! Gak!

    Betty — only use it on the whites or you’ll have faded clothes!

  11. ha~~~your article reminds me that one of my college classmates who mistook fabric softner for liquid laundry detergent asked me why the water could’t get foamy~~~~

  12. I know~~but she intended to wash the clothes with her bare hands instead of rinsing fabric at that time.

    Ha~~~sorry for my unclear explanation 囧 囧 囧

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