Thursday, July 12, 2012

I got henna on my shirt! (In other news: a cure for cancer, and the world is coming to an end)

As some of you may know, and most of you probably don’t, henna is a plant-based method of applying temporary tattoos. It is a very strong dye, and is often associated with East Indian cultures. The problem is: it dyes your clothes almost as well as it does your skin. So when the wet paste is applied, you must be placed under general anesthetic to prevent yourself from accidentally rubbing your newly tatted appendage all over your fine clothes (…where I messed up). This may explain why traditional East Indian garb is so ornate –you’d never see a henna (or curry) stain in a million years on that pattern.

Now, if you’re like me, you have a beloved garment dying in your arms… ok bad pun. And in your mind you’re wringing my neck saying, “Knock it off with the prose, and tell me how to fix this wardrobe tragedy!” … ok fine - be like that. Here it is: according to the infinite wisdom of YouTube, a wash (not soak) with warm water and laundry soap (scrubbing the stain with a toothbrush) will remove henna. I can confirm this. Another source, from the great bank of truths that is the Internet, suggested a soak in milk as a last resort. But, I got the henna out with warm water and laundry soap, so I soaked my breakfast cereal in the milk instead…

There you have it: a simple and effective way to bring the sunshine back into your life, or at least your favorite shirt. And in my case, the shirt was a light blue and white stripe – if it works for that it’ll work for anything.

And now, I have urgent YouTube research to do on the behavior of unicorns – it might lead to a cure for cancer.

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