Category Archives: cleaning

How do I clean shoelaces?

The easiest way is to put them in the clothes washer.  To prevent damage to the laces you can put them in a mesh bag which will somewhat protect them from machinery (as you can do with anything including delicate items like children’s stuffed animals).

For disinfecting you can soak them in bleach for 5-10 minutes or vinegar for 60 minutes before washing.  However note, if you choose to soak them in bleach you should wash them seperately from colored items (or include them in your whites cycle in case any of the bleach bleeds onto the other clothing items).

My child is covered in magic marker, how do I get it off?

Question: My child has covered themselves in permanent marker, how do I safely remove it from their skin?

Answer: Generally rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth or paper towel will work. The biggest downside to this is that it may dry the skin out if over used. Also, if there are any cracks on the skin it will cause stinging but no cuts there should be no pain. Further, a 2nd cleaning with soap and water can add to the effectiveness. If drying or irritation occurs afterwards use a hypoallergenic lotion to help remoisturize the skin.