Monday, February 7, 2011

Life Lesson #17643

My dad taught me many things, among which are how to make a square knot instead of a granny knot, how to make a bowline on a bight (if I’m not mistaken, that was the one where “the rabbit comes out of the hole, runs around the tree, and goes back into the hole”), how to tie my shoes, and always to let my word be my bond, but the lesson I’m remembering today and am about to share with you is possibly the most important lesson of all: How to Wring Out a Wet Washcloth.

You are probably doing it all wrong.

This is the right way to wring out a wet washcloth:

Step 1: Fold the washcloth in half.
Step 2: Fold it in half again.
Step 3: Fold it in half again.
Step 4: Now pick it up with both hands. The fingers of your right hand should be on top of the washcloth and the thumb beneath it, all pointing away from you. The fingers of your left hand should be on the bottom of the washcloth and the thumb on top of it, all pointing toward you.
Step 5: Close the fingers of your hands around the folded washcloth and, grasping it firmly, twist your hands in opposite directions.
Step 6: If necessary, repeat Step 5.

This method will get more water out of your washcloth than you ever dreamed possible.

Montessori, eat your heart out.

Perhaps one day I will share with you how to conserve on the use of toilet paper.



  1. Ha. I had to laugh at the bo'lin' sail captain yells whenever I say "the bunny goes round the tree)......

  2. Wish my kids could have read this when they were small - might have had far lest puddles on the bathroom floor!

  3. I've been using that exact same method all my life.
    And then you can just use the toilet paper again ;-)

  4. Mimi, you have a sail captain?

    Jinksy, but you can pass it along to their kids!

    1. Ahhh.
    2. Ewww.

  5. lol
    I gave up a long time ago.
    Only works when people WANT to learn.
    But when you talk to a brick wall....
    only you listen to yourself talk lol

  6. It's a rare day when I don't learn something new and/or useful from reading your post. It's too late to pass this tidbit on to my grandchildren; perhaps my great-grands will be more receptive to instruction. One can hope.

  7. I will pass on your dishcloth tip to Mrs Pudding. As a cerebral intellectual, my mind is often up in the clouds and so menial tasks would be inappropriate for me.

  8. why thank you,
    hooodah thunk! :-)

    btw, is there a "correct" way to wash a pair of socks?


  9. i learned how to tie a bowline on a bight in boy scouts along with a square knot, sheepshank, clove hitch and numerous others><<><>my father couldn't even teach me to tie a windsor knot for my ties<><>,.i had to learn that in a mirror from my college room mate jerry bryan<><>.,i wrote about him once and me in c,a,p.{civil air patrol}kabesh???????

  10. p,p,ss,, i always pulled the wet wash cloth straight as tight as i could with both hands and then twist and twist till it resembled a ball, and wala a wrinkled but liquid free wash cloth>>>works

  11. Lady's Life, Pat in Arkansas, Yorkshire Pudding, bARE-eYED-sUN, and Putzie, it is impossible to predict which posts of mine will draw comments and which ones won't. I have given up trying [to predict].

    The verification word is vocks, which rhymes with socks, about which I know nothing. Darn it! (That was a little joke for you old-timers. You younger folk won't have a clue what I am talking about.)

  12. lol I always folded socks one way until my motherinlaw upet me and told me to fold them another making them easier to put on a they slip onto your toes fater. I never did get it and I am still doing it my way
    Can't teach an old horse new tricks lol or maybe you can :)