How to spot wash stains

I woke up last week Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 11.28.43 AMto find that there had been carnage in my bed overnight. On Tuesday night I managed to slice half my nail off on my left index finger and I hadn’t really done the best job of bandaging it. So this morning there was blood and iodine all over my new white Wallace Cotton bed cover, as well as the pillow slip, both white sheets and the mattress topper.
So at 7am I was spot washing the stains which is a new technique I have been using with much success. There were some old stains on some white duvet covers up north which I successfully removed using this method. And it saves so much water because you don’t have to wash the whole item.
My old books recommend that for blood stains you hold it under a running tap of cold water. This really does work with most stains, you can see the stain disappearing before your eyes. Then follow up with a bit of soap, a rub and a rinse. For harder stains like iodine (from the Betadine ointment I was using) I take about 1/2 tsp of our oxygen bleach and rub that into the damp spot until it has dissolved, and hey presto that stain goes as well. Then all you have to do is rinse well, dab dry with a towel and hang out on the line.
I finally went to the doctor this morning and had my finger properly bandaged – and a tetanus injection. And now I’m off dishes for a while and Paul had to wash my hair which he managed very well considering I presented him with a cup of egg to wash it with. See last week’s newsletter to find out why. I left all my herbal shampoo up north so thought I’d try the egg method and it was very good although Pearl said my hair smelled like an omelette when she gave me a cuddle!


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