Sometimes the strangest solutions are the best when you’ve got a problem.
- Did you accidentally bleed on your shirtsleeve? Lick it. Quilters have been using this time-honored solution for centuries to get out blood. (Something about the enzymes, possibly?) Your saliva may also get out bloodstains on fabric if you’re related to the person who bled on it. Go figure.
- Don’t drink your tea – soak your feet in it. This comes from The Doctors, a daytime tv show, via USA Weekend. Smelly feet can be minimized by soaking them in a tea-based solution for 30 min. a day, for a week, according to these experts. (“Black tea contains tannic acid, which kills bacteria and closes sweat pores.”) Boil 2 tea bags in a pan of water for 15 min., then add 2 quarts of cold water for the soaking solution.
- Get rid of warts by refusing to let them ‘breathe.’ A strip of duct tape, put over the offending area and left there, literally asphyxiates the warts. Some people advocate soaking a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and taping that on the wart while you sleep. It will take at least a few weeks – but the wart will fall off.
Or if you’re into drama, this might do the trick. Start during a full moon, “for the power of the waxing moon to bring it to fruition.” Write “Wane this wart” on a small pale blue paper, then sign your name. Rub a fresh pea over the wart and repeat three times, “Merry moon, merry moon, take this wart and take it soon.” Drop a little wax from a pale blue candle on the paper, stick the pea in the wax, fold the paper over and bury the little package in moist dirt under a tree.
Repeat the wax-and-rhyme business every night by the tree. By the time of the new moon, the pea will have rotted, and the wart will go away. Or your neighbors will.
- Peanut butter loosens up chewing gum from a kid’s hair. A teaspoon or so of creamy peanut butter, rubbed into the snarl, will do the trick– comb it out gently, then wash. (Or prepare for the dog taking a sudden interest in that child’s head.)
- Use hairspray to get out ink stains in fabric. Spray the area, let it soak in for a while, then launder, as usual.
Cindy Brick is a personal property appraiser, judge and national teacher who loves to write about frugality and other personal finance topics. She has written six books and hundreds of articles, but often focuses on quilting, her teaching specialty. She lives in Colorado with her husband, two golden labs and a flock of very suspicious chickens. Find out more at Brickworks, http://www.cindybrick.com, or visit her personal blog: http://www.cindybrick.blogspot.com