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Monday, March 09 , 2015

Ink-Removing Formula

Did you forget to cap a pen and now it has left its mark on your gym outfit, upholstery or other fabric? We've got a homemade stain-removing formula for you to try.

First, try some easy remedies on that ink spot…

If it's a colored piece of fabric, soak the stained area in milk, then toss in the washer. You can also douse the ink stain with rubbing alcohol. Let it sit for five minutes, then launder as usual.

For all fabrics (and if you don't want to use harsh bleach on your white shirt), spray a good two-second spritz of hairspray on the ink mark, then launder the clothing as usual.

If the ink blot is on upholstery, soak the spot with rubbing alcohol or vodka. The stain should dissipate within a few minutes. Caution: Be sure to test an inconspicuous area of the fabric with the alcohol. The spot should dry completely (no water stains or rings) after an hour or two.

If none of the above simple solutions work, here’s our heavy-duty ink-removing formula...

In a bowl, combine one tablespoon of milk, one tablespoon of white vinegar, one teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of borax powder (available at supermarkets in the laundry detergent section).

For ink-stained clothing, cloth napkins, etc., sandwich the stained area of the fabric between four thick sheets of paper towel. Dip a sponge in the mixture, and pat it on the area of paper towel covering the stain. (You want the liquid to reach the fabric, but you don’t want to put it directly on the stain.) After about three minutes, remove the paper towels, and sponge the stained area with cool water. Repeat the entire procedure until the stain is gone. When it is, launder the item as usual. (You may need to professionally clean a removable upholstery cover.)

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Wednesday, July 23 , 2014

Clean Marker, Crayon or Pen Off Your Wall

If you have a budding artist in your home who has recently expressed himself or herself on your painted walls, here's what to do...

Note: Whichever tip you try, test it on a small, inconspicuous spot of wall first to make sure your particular paint can handle the treatment. Then...

To clean crayon marks: A baby wipe or ammonia-based window cleaner should remove most crayon marks without removing the paint. Be sure to wipe the area completely dry after using one of these cleaners.

To clean magic marker spots: Put some rubbing alcohol on a cotton puff, and wipe the marker spots. The marker should come off, and the paint or wallpaper should stay on.

To remove ballpoint pen marks: Spritz any type of hairspray on the pen mark, then blot it with a clean, soft rag.

Long-term solution: Purchase a huge paper roll at an office- or art-supply store, and plaster the walls of your playroom (or what serves as a playroom) with it. Hand your graffiti-artists-in-residence their weapons of choice, and let them knock themselves out. Who knows? If anything, you can sell the results on eBay. Bravissimo!

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Thursday, November 15 , 2012

Eyebrow Taming Trick

Take an old, clean toothbrush, give it a spritz of hairspray, then brush it over your brows. The brush will put the hairs in place, and the spray will keep them there. After each use, clean your brow toothbrush with hot water

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