Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cleaning Up Spills

It's not one of my favorite things in life but I have to deal with them from time to time and as a blind person, here is how I deal with these necessary irritants.


After locating the spill, I determine the size of it by running my fingers over it.  In doing so I also discover whether or not it is wet or dry.  However, I would know this as soon as the spill occurs.  Next, I need to determine what I would need in order to clean it up.  A damp rag, a hand broom, a paper towel, or what.


Sticky spills are the most challenging for me followed by spills when heavy plant pots tip over and spill their dirt onto my carpet or onto the floor of my balcony.  Spills that entail cleaning up spilled sugar, rice, or flour are also a pain for me as I have to make sure that I have gotten it all.  In the case of those infamous sticky spills, I need to make sure that I have gotten it all or I would probably be left with stains on my counters or even on my clothes.


If I spill something onto my clothes, then I take the safe route and wash it immediately.  If a spill occurs on a surface, then I take the route of cleaning the entire surface and surrounding area.  The same for if I spill anything in my fridge or on my stove.  All in a day's work.


I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and encouraging you to go out there and tell others how blind persons deal with spills.  Visit to learn more.