Funny About Money has hit upon a super-thrifty solution to getting grease stains out of laundry. She was wondering what to do about a seemingly indelible spot on a tablecloth, when she remembered an old household hint: that window cleaner lifts grease from carpets and furniture.
So Funny dabbed some rubbing alcohol (the key ingredient in commercial window cleaners) onto her tablecloth, let it sit for 20 minutes before putting it in the washing machine – and the tablecloth came out spotless! For further details, see her blog.
If you are already so frugal that you use homemade window cleaner or newspaper and vinegar, rather than commercial cleaners, take note: although rubbing alcohol is also known as surgical spirit in the UK, they aren’t the same thing. (US rubbing alcohol = ethyl alcohol; UK surgical spirit = ethyl alcohol + methyl alcohol).
So I’d be cautious about trying this with surgical spirit; at the very least, I would test the stuff on an uncherished item beforehand. Alternatively, go to your local chemist (or the prescription section of Boots or Superdrug) and ask for isopropyl alcohol, which is the real deal.
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