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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Rub-A-Dub Sharpie to the Rescue

Rub-a-Dub Sharpie Laundry Marker aka money-saver

I really do not like to ruin my clothing, especially newer pieces. The waste, the money--it all annoys me. So, when I saw the huge stain on my pants I wore to the ER, I was annoyed, to put it mildly. I know I felt something wet on my hand, something spilled on me by a tech or a nurse. I did not deliberately pick out my darkest and best pair of black pants to go to the ER. Believe me, just getting on a clean pair of pants that night was a feat. I was not dressing up for any hunky doctor.

The pants are black, but the pants look gray in the picture. Yes, they are the darkest pair of black pants I own. I just cannot photograph them. The main stain is about 3/4 inch long. The white part is really bright orange. Yes, there are some orange, smudgy places, too. Lovely!
The stain is right at my knee, so this barely visible stain is not too bad. Actually, the orange does not show up at all, just in the picture. I just now used the marker on the stain and will do so again. At best, these pants are wearable. Now, they are not my best pants, just the darkest. Darkest usually means "best," but not in this case.

My husband, now ex, would wear out the tips to his dress shirt collars. If they were dark, I would trim the frazzles from the tips and use a Sharpie marker, whatever color the shirt was. Through the years I rescued a blouse given to me with one stain and numerous other items. For forty-two years Sharpies have saved me money.

Your turn
Do you save money by salvaging your "bleached" clothing by using a marker? Do you hate to ruin clothes as much as I do? Do you have a bleach stain coverup tip?

1 comment:

  1. I do use Sharpies for bleach stains. When I was an apprentice in a hair salon, we had to wear black jackets. I was a haircolor apprentice so naturally bleach and peroxide would stain my jacket all the time. We all carried Sharpies around with us.
    Yes, I hate to ruin clothes for the same reason you do. I try my best to take care of them but stuff happens.

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