Household cleaning with Methylated Spirits may sound rather old-fashioned in this day and age of multitudinous cleaning products but it was right up our grandparent’s and great-grandparent’s street! Remember, they had very few products at their disposal so necessity was indeed the mother of invention.
Here are a few tried-and-trusted cleaning tips using Methylated Spirits:
To clean window panes prepare a solution of 50% water and 50% Methylated Spirits. Place in a spray bottle and spray directly onto the window. Wipe off the solution with paper towels (not newspaper) and the result is shiny, clean, streak-free windows.
Whiteboards can be cleaned easily with a spray of the solution above, again wiping off with paper towels. This tip is especially good when permanent marker pens have inadvertently been used on a white board.
Cleaning Ink Stains
Marker pen, felt pen and ink stains on upholstery can be easily removed. Dab the affected area with a non-lint cloth dipped in a little Methylated Spirits and you will find that the ink transfers to the cloth; keep dabbing, using a fresh cloth if necessary and the stains will lift readily.
Removing Grass Stains
Grass and berry stains can be removed from washable fabrics by dabbing in the same way as point 3 above, then rubbing the stain with a stain stick before washing on a cool wash. A hot wash can cause any residual stain to ‘set’.
Removing Makeup Stains
Lipstick and makeup stains can be removed from washable fabrics using the same method as in point 4 above. Note: never put clothes in a tumble drier until you are sure that the stain is completely removed as the heat of the drier may make the stain ‘set’ in the fabric.
Methylated Spirits can be used a thinner for paints; just mix a little into the paint you want to use and stir thoroughly before using.
Cleaning Paint Brushes
A little TLC and a little Methylated Spirits can greatly extend the life of your paint brushes. When you have finished a painting job, wipe the excess paint from the brush with an old rag, then put sufficient Methylated Spirits in a container so that it is deep enough to cover the bristles. A jam jar is good, so long as it is wide enough to accommodate the brush. The paint will lift away from the bristles. Soak overnight, then remove the brush, wipe off the excess Methylated Spirits, then wash the bristles in warm, soapy water before allowing them to dry naturally.
Although it’s not something our grandparents had to worry about, skateboard bearings can be thoroughly cleaned of grease, oil and grime by using Methylated Spirits.
Just remember that Methylated Spirits is a TOXIC substance and containers should be kept out of the reach of children and animals. Always read the Material Safety Data Sheet provided by your Methylated Spirits supplier and wear protective clothing as guided. Accidental ingestion can cause blindness, loss of consciousness, coma and can eventually lead to death so please ensure that you use this amazing chemical responsibly and enjoy the success of removing stains with Methylated Spirits.