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Friday, June 13, 2008

Tried and True Folk Remedies

Getting ink stains out of clothing

The number one best remedy for this is hairspray. Douse the ink spot in hairspray and rub it with a cotton ball or disposable rag. Rubbing alcohol also has an effect on ink stains, but hairspray works much better. You need to attack ink stains ASAP, though. The more time the ink has to dry in your clothing, the less ink you will be able to get out. If you put your ink-stained clothing through the laundry, the stain will set permanently. I should know, once I ruined an entire batch of whites by washing them with a pen.


Getting onion juice off your hands

Credit for this one goes to Ian, who is a genius. Wash your hands under cold water with light soap whilst holding a metal spoon. Apparently there is a chemical attraction between the spoon and the onion juice. Or maybe it's not chemical, I don't really know, cause I never took chemistry. But in any case, it works.


Curing the hiccups (or hiccoughs, if you prefer)

There are many cures for the hiccups, and many of them work some of the time. But this method is the only one I know that works all of the time, and I have my mom to thank for it: put a spoonful of sugar or a sugar cube on your tongue and lie down. Try to hold still while you let the sugar melt down your throat. Of course you can swallow, but try to stay as still as possible. Works every time. I know, I was skeptical too, but I was converted to this method long ago, and have since converted many others.


Removing deodorant from clothing

Rub nylon over the white deodorant stain, and it will vanish like magic. Unfortunately, this only works for surface deodorant that has not really set into the clothing. Like when you pull a tight-ish shirt over your head and end up getting deodorant down the side of it, this method will get it out. But deodorant tends to accumulate in the armpit of the shirt after repeat wearing no matter what you do. And don't even ask me how you keep white shirts from staining yellow in the pit. That's why I don't buy white shirts. I would love a remedy for either of these two problems.




Now it's your turn, what are some of your favorite folk remedies?



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11 comments:

Karen said...

I can confirm the spoon thing. Although, we here in the dirty south use it to get the smell of crawfish off our hands. It works equally as much to rub your hands against a stainless steel sink.

Here's my contribution:

When trying to get a stubborn baby to swallow medicine, blow lightly in their face. Their reflex is to swallow.

natabird said...

After chopping up fresh garlic, wash your hands with a lemon or lime to get rid of the smell/taste that can last for days on your hands. It also works for onions, but looks like you already have a remedy for that.

Sra said...

That's a good one, although I actually enjoy the scent of garlic. But I notice that others don't so much, so thanks for the tip.

The Over-Thinker said...

I love these.

And your new thumbnail is gorgeous.

I shall add: If you spill candle wax on the carpet....place a paper bag over it and with a very hot iron, go over the spot, moving the bag as the wax is absorbed until you iron over the bag (over the spot) and nothing comes through.

Sra said...

Wow, that's brilliant. I once spilled candle wax on my childhood bedroom carpet (sorry mom), and I wish I had been smart enough to figure this out. (At least my mom has since replaced that carpet.)

Mama's Losin' It said...

I actually like the smell of onions on my hands...garlic too.

Is that weird??

Natalie said...

i got nothing. you would think with four kids i would have some tried and true remedy for something. um...nope...nothing.

Claire said...

Hi, it's Claire-come-lately with a folk remedy learned from my Grandma Linda, a woman who solved most problems by throwing agua bendita at them, but also taught me:

1) To remove oil or anything fatty* from fabric, make a thick paste of oatmeal and water (leave the cinnamon and sugar in the cupboard) and then rub it into the stain. Let it soak for a few minutes, but don't let it dry. Scrape off the paste, and wash the shirt...et voila, your shirt is clean and spot-free!

*Note: "Anything fatty" does not include Dom DeLuise, Paul Prudhomme or Paula Dean, although you can remove Delta Burke with a little rubbing and a pint of Hagen Daaz

Sra said...

Wow, that's a good one. I'll try to remember oatmeal paste when I get fatty stuff all over my shirt.

But I'll have to try something else if Rosie O'Donnell ever comes over and stains my couch, gotcha.

Seriously, you kill me with your jokes.

Natalie said...

i got nothing. you would think with four kids i would have some tried and true remedy for something. um...nope...nothing.

Sra said...

That's a good one, although I actually enjoy the scent of garlic. But I notice that others don't so much, so thanks for the tip.

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