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Nick’s Tip: Spitting In The House - Sort Of

by Nick Vitrano

My mother has always detested the habit of spitting.  It remains her primary objection (just inching out cup adjustment) to watching the sport of baseball.  It never failed that she would pose this question when attending one of my games as a youth: “Why is it that you will swallow your saliva in every other area of life, but when you put on that uniform you just can’t help yourself?”  I never did have an answer for her.  Scratch that…I never did have a good answer for her.  But as it turns out, perhaps we all should expectorate more often – heck, even right there on the kitchen floor.  Sort of.

Winter in Wisconsin is a perpetually wet and dirty time.  Snow melts and refreezes and combines with salt and dirt and dust from the pavement, especially the garage floor, and ultimately it all ends up on our floors indoors.  Sure you remove shoes as best you can and set up floor mats in the entryways and all that, but the grime still finds a way.  

Time to break out the mouthwash!

That’s right, the antiseptic rinse we employ as a part of our daily oral regimen is a great cleaner of tile, linoleum, and your bathroom sink and toilet, as well.  Just dissolve a capful of mouthwash per gallon of water and get to wipin’.  Or heck…rinse your mouth and unload on the kitchen floor - two birds with a single stone!.  At least that’s a good reason to spit somewhere other than the baseball diamond.  Sort of. 

Tease Image: By Britta Gustafson (Flickr: P1100238) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons