I thought I’d share three household tips that have served me very well recently. All three were found using Google!
- Removing ballpoint ink stains: use milk! I had a large blue ink stain on my couch a few years ago, and my mom found an Internet site that suggested using milk to remove it. I was more than skeptical but was also desperate, as no amount of Shout or baby wipes was going to do the trick. I removed the couch cushion, placed a towel underneath, and poured a small amount of milk on the stain. Poof – it disappeared! It literally looked like a magic trick. I just washed the cushion and you would have never known the stain was there. Another option is Lysol disinfectant spray.
- Removing blueberry stains: white distilled vinegar and hot water! Several months ago, while making Hungry Girl’s blueberry pancakes in honor of National Pancake Day (September 26), a rogue blueberry made its way onto my beige tablecloth. I learned that alternating dabs of white distilled vinegar and rinses of hot water gradually made the stain disappear completely – then I washed as normal and it’s as good as new! Word to the wise: this process is time-consuming (probably took at least half an hour) but the results were worth it.
- Preventing flour bugs: bay leaves! Place one bay leaf in your flour, cornmeal, pancake mix, etc., and flour bugs will no longer visit. The bay leaf is easily removed and doesn’t flavor its surroundings at all. I haven’t had bugs in months!