Anyone who knows me well knows that I am by no means a "neat freak." I try to be clean and picked up, I make my bed almost everyday (Dr. Phil says if you make your bed your room is 80% clean) and do the dishes after we eat. But when it comes to deep cleaning, count me out. So when I come across an amazing cleaning secret I feel compelled to share, anything to make cleaning easier. So tonight I'm letting you in on an amazing secret, one that I think I could make millions off of, so maybe I shouldn't be sharing, but here it goes.
Let me give you a little background (do I ever make a story short? no, I can't even make a sentence short). A few months ago I got a new kitchen table. I love it, and am so happy to have something new. Within a week of owning my new said table, my children decided to write on paper(I'll give them a little credit) with black and red sharpie, which totally bled through to my brand new table. I was livid. I have a bit of a temper if you catch me at the wrong time, especially when you ruin my new table within my first week of ownership. So what did I do? I tried to remove it with all the spray cleaners I had, and nothing worked. I decided that I either had to live with the marker on the table, or live with a ruined finish on my new table due to a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, which I knew would remove the sharpie (my old table had no shiny finish on it at all due to multiple use of Mr. Clean Magic Eraser). So I loved my standby(MCME), but was sad to have to ruin the finish, but I did it anyway because I thought it was better than the alternative.
So now I have a still brand new table with a ruined finish. But I figure we all have flaws, and who am I to judge my table because of it's one little blemish (that is pretty much what the sales lady told me and Travis when we were picking out a diamond, the flaws add character, right)? So tonight when Hallie (sweet, loving Hallie) once again drew on my table with black sharpie, I was once again livid and I sent her to her room; but this time I decided to search out an alternative to adding a new blemish to my still new table. Are you with me?
Drum roll please. Here is the new magic in our household: it's called whitening toothpaste, and are you ready for this? It removes black sharpie off a white wood table without ruining the surface (****Edited to say, upon further review this morning, there is sadly minimal surface damage, but let me say it is much, much less noticeable than when I used the magic eraser****)! Hip,hip,Hooray! Three cheers for Colgate! I really think I could rival the Bam and OxyClean man right now with how happy I am to have found this new trick. All you do is rub a little on with a damp towel, and after a little elbow grease, presto change-o, it magically disappears, leaving a fresh minty smell. It works, honest, try it sometime, and if anyone wants to go into the cleaner business with me I think we should figure out what it is that makes it do that, and we would make millions. I think I'll call it, Mrs. Clean's magic paste. Any takers?
While on the subject I'm going to give a shout-out to Grandma, not mine, but the one who invented Grandma's Secret Spot Remover, it is just as awesome at removing stains on clothes (and upholstered furniture), I use it all the time, and swear by it. Pick some up next time you're in Jo Ann's, or probably other fabric stores as well.
And now dear readers I leave you with my imparted wisdom in hopes of saving your furniture, if I save just one kitchen chair, I will feel I've done my duty.