?

Log in

No account? Create an account
 
 
11 March 2010 @ 10:19 pm
there's a hole in my neighbourhood  
I need help with something that seems incredibly frivolous. It's not actually that frivolous ... but compared with knowing ten causes of clubbing or the types of respiratory failure, it seems that way.

I got a new stethoscope at the beginning of this year. It's very pretty and light blue and is a fucking MAGNET for biro marks. (I have to keep it in my white coat pocket; wearing it around your neck is only allowed if you are a doctor.) It looks seriously manky now and nothing gets these marks off: not Jif, not alcohol wipes, nothing. I'm all out of ideas. You guys, do you have any genius ideas about getting biro marks out of rubber? I reeeeeally don't want to go back to using my old stethoscope for my exams, because the twisting mechanism is ancient and I can't do the slick swap from bell to diaphragm at the apex with it. Also, buying a new one would be ninety quid down the drain.

Everyone says final med clinics are a Shakespearean act. I don't think Shakespeare, or the examiners, would be very impressed by a dirty stethscope.
 
 
Current Music: bleeding heart show // the new pornographers
 
 
 
Yo.: yoko can do creepyinsipid_paragon on March 11th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
I wonder if one of those Mr. Clean Magic Eraser things would do the trick?
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 11th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
I'm willing to try anything! Up to and including JML products!
(Deleted comment)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 11th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
Acetone as in nail varnish remover? Yup. I'm not too worried about it dissolving - if it can hold on to marks after everything I've done to get them off, it's pretty tough. :|
(Deleted comment)
(Deleted comment)
Out of Azkabanishafel on March 11th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
Nail polish remover? Sandpaper? Color the whole thing black?

My mom suggested this: http://www.staples.com/Mr.-Clean-Magic-Eraser/product_597677?storeId=10001&jspStoreDir=Staples&cmSearchKeyword=mr+clean+magic+eraser&fromUrl=home&langId=-1&catalogId=10051&cmArea=SEARCH&ddkey=StaplesSearch but I don't know easy it would be to find over there.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 11th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
Nail polish remover, check! Someone else recommended the Magic Eraser so I shall definitely be looking into that. In the meantime, my dad has plenty of sandpaper in his shed ... :D Thanks!
a kid on the lookout for transcendenceextemporally on March 12th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
I can provide no help! But good luck. :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 15th, 2010 09:40 am (UTC)
lol thank you! The marks seem stubbornly imprinted no matter what ... maybe I should make a pretty design, or draw a donkey. That would be fitting. :S
oopsoddishly on March 12th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
TRULY I LOVE YOU, DUDER.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 15th, 2010 09:40 am (UTC)
SINCE WHEN DOES LOVE CLEAN STUFF? >:(((
oopsoddishly on March 15th, 2010 09:48 am (UTC)
IT'S EEEEEEEEASY. ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 15th, 2010 11:14 am (UTC)
... except for when what you need is Mr Muscle.
Sereniaserenia on March 12th, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
Your icon speaks the truth!

... and 'ten causes of clubbing' had me thinking first of all about nightclubbing (first cause is desperation for a date?) and seal clubbing (need for a fur coat?). Not what you meant at all, I think! XD
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 15th, 2010 09:41 am (UTC)
HAHA YES. Why else would you go to a nightclub, seriously. No, clubbing is something that happens to your fingers for a variety of reasons - coeliac disease, lung cancer ... see, I could go on!
Margravine Palavar: Some Figuresmargravine on March 12th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
I third the Magic Eraser. I swear those things have magical powers.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 15th, 2010 09:41 am (UTC)
I'mma try to find one! :DDD
and that was the beginning of fairies: hipsnyx_nox on March 12th, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
White vinegar mixed with a whole lot of water gets ink off clothes. So with rather less water it might work. And I hear soaking cloth in ammonia and wrapping it around for a minute before trying to clean works on rubber like substances. Magic erasers are a good bet, but they do occcasionally take off paints/dyes around the stain though so try it on a little corner first maybe?

Okay, I've exhausted my household knowledge. ^^;
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 15th, 2010 09:43 am (UTC)
Hmm, these are interesting possibilities! My mom suggested I look at Mrs Beaton's household guide, which includes tips on 'how to manage your servants'. Clearly you got there before me, though. :D How do I not know this stuff, seriously.
(Deleted comment)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 15th, 2010 09:43 am (UTC)
We tried that! But it WAS Tesco brand. Maybe I should try something more upmarket ... like Boots brand...
disordered_messdisordered_mess on March 14th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
I love you a lot for quoting Grounds for Divorce. I love that song. <3
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 15th, 2010 11:15 am (UTC)
The part in the beginning, where he growls, "I'm working on a cocktail..." is one of the greatest times in music. :D
disordered_messdisordered_mess on March 15th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
It's "I've been working on a cocktail". XD But yes, it's an absolutely amazing song. I adore that guitar riff, and with an amazing bass line with his voice... Mmmm. Not my type, but damn anyway for it being such a sexy sexy song.

"Doubt comes in on sticks but then he kicks like a horse..."