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Airing My Dirty Laundry...a Quick Tip

Do you ever get mysterious marks on your clothes? Or do you ever have a fabric marking pen or pencil that won't wash out?

I used to use hairspray as a last resort when everything including OxyClean just wouldn't remove make-up stains from my clothes, pen marks on Roger's clothes, or any annoying "mystery" stains.

Then I remembered that it was the alcohol in the hairspray that was dissolving the stain.

So...the next time Roger came home with felt-tip marker stains on his pants (again, LOL), and nothing would get them out, I tried the most concentrated alcohol-based stuff we had in the house...."Hand Sanitizer" ! It was much more convenient to use than hairspray, I just had to pump it on and rub it into the stain, then toss the clothing into the washer along with a regular load. And to my surprise..it worked ! So now I keep a bottle of "Hand Sanitizer" in the laundry area for those pesky stubborn stains. So far, it hasn't affected the color of any fabric I've tried using it on, but of course, check in a hidden area to make sure that it doesn't adversely affect the cloth.


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Blogger Ann Made Studio said...

Excellent tip. I will definitely try this next time I've used a marking pen on fabric and it just won't come out. Thanks.

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going to try it! There is a lot (and I mean a lot) of stains in this house! Thanks.

4:33 PM  
Blogger gwensews said...

Oh, thank you for that tip. I'll be sure to try it.

4:37 PM  
Blogger mermaids said...

great idea!! almost makes me want to draw on my clothes with a marker just to try it out. :)

6:52 PM  
Blogger Summerset said...

Cool! I've been using hairspray for years knowing about the high alcohol content, but didn't think about the hand sanitizer.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

Thank you! Last year I got blue ink on a pair of ivory pants - yikes I'll be trying this one soon!

10:15 PM  
Blogger Jean said...

Great tip! Thank you for sharing it.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Great tip! I'm always writing on myself, so this will be very useful!

9:11 AM  
Blogger Linda L said...

Wow, great tip. I will have to try this. I have this stuff all around the house and at work.

8:38 PM  
Blogger Karla said...

What an interesting idea! I'll pass it along to my daughter, who says everyone at work wears ratty-looking ink-stained labcoats. They have vats of hand sanitizer everywhere. How many labcoats could be saved with quick thinking and Purell?

10:27 PM  
Blogger AuntieAllyn said...

Brilliant tip! I will definitely be trying it out myself!

10:18 AM  
Blogger Clio said...

What a great tip!!

For ink that is supposed to disappear but doesn't, I've also had great success with the "Tide To Go" pen.

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great tip! Thanks Pamela!

5:49 AM  
Blogger Julie Christine said...

Great tip! I used to use hairspray as well, but took awhile to figure out why new hairspray just wasn't working - it was alcohol free!

10:57 PM  
Blogger DanainDFW said...

Our school calls hand sanitizer Magic Soap. (A pre-K teacher starts the kids calling it that.) In this case it really lives up to that name!

7:36 AM  

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