I’ve lengthy accepted that among the issues I really like most about summer season—ice cream, berries, sizzling canine with ketchup—typically take a fast flip into stain catastrophe territory. However final summer season began—instantly—with my worst stain but.
It was Memorial Day weekend, and my boyfriend and I had been fortunately settling right into a mini staycation in our New York Metropolis neighborhood. After espresso, we walked to the grocery retailer to fill up on start-of-summer necessities: watermelon, lemonade fixings, elements for haddock chowder, a bunch of peonies, and a bag of frozen Maine blueberries. (I used to be going to make a pie.) As we walked residence within the solar I used to be wanting ahead to lunch: a tomato sandwich and a few potato chips.
Once we bought residence, we put our material grocery luggage on our (white) sofa and began unpacking. After just a few journeys backwards and forwards to the fridge, I took out the bag of frozen blueberries, and a rush of purple liquid dripped throughout my arms and onto the ground. Dreading what I’d discover, I picked up the grocery bag and, sure, beneath was a deep, darkish purple stain the scale of a grapefruit—throughout a white sheepskin throw.
Above: Images by Laura Muthesius, courtesy of Our Meals Tales, from Kitchen of the Week: A DIY Ikea Nation Kitchen for Two Berlin Creatives.
The excellent news was that the thick sheepskin prevented the blueberry juice from going by to the sofa. (A number of inches to the left and we might’ve had a much bigger drawback.) The dangerous information was that the sheepskin I’d saved up for and introduced again from Stockholm in January now regarded just like the sheep had gotten a very rebellious dye job. Happily, the outside of wool fibers is especially water resistant (which I remembered from writing 10 Issues No one Tells You Concerning the Advantages of Wool), so I knew if I labored rapidly and with a large amount of care the stain would, hopefully, come a minimum of partway out. I put every thing else down (key to stain therapy: act quick), unfold the sheepskin on the ground, and Googled “learn how to get out berry stains.”
Because it seems, the answer, conveniently, is similar ingredient you’d add to make a berry pie: contemporary lemon juice. Apparently, the acidity of the lemon juice helps break down the berry juice.
We at all times have a bowl of half-used lemons in our fridge, from squeezing into seltzers or utilizing the rind for baking, they usually had been about to come in useful. I grabbed the bowl and, following the instructions from specialists on Right now.com for getting berry stains out of carpets, I started working.