When confronted with a computer-related quandary my son advises: “seek and ye shall find – on Google”. “There’s always someone who has had the same problem before,” he says, and he is invariably right. I, like just about everyone, use Dr Google to solve an array of household and minor medical problems. Rarely does he let me down.
Today, for instance, I encountered an unusual – self-created – dilemma. In haste I had poured pine disinfectant into the rinse aid dispenser of the dishwasher. Mmmm! Knowing it would take many “empty” runs to clear the dispenser I sought Dr Google’s advice. Few people seemed to have been foolish, or blind, enough to make a similar mistake but, as my son said, there is always someone.
Two pieces of advice were offered: one, neutralise the disinfectant by pouring vinegar into the dispenser; and soak up the excess offending liquid by inserting cotton buds into the dispenser. I improvised with folded tissues, more absorbent and flexible than cotton buds. Some 15 tissues or more later the greeny, pino-smelling liquid was starting to taper off. Time for the vinegar. Then another “empty” run. One load later and we’re still alive, the glasses are sparkling and the artificial pine smell is subsiding.