Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Feeling BLUE

For those of you who had a hard day, and are feeling down in the dumps, and wondering "how could this day even get any worse?" I have two words for you:

Methylene Blue

Now, for those of you who aren't current on their dyes and stains, Methylene Blue is "a heterocyclic aromatic chemical compound with the molecular formula C16H18N3SCl. It has many uses in a range of different fields, such as biology and chemistry." (Thanks, Wikipedia!")

Two of it's common uses are in microbiology as a culture stain (it is similar in its multiple levels of usefulness and and it's potency to Gentian Violet), and for aquarium owners to cure certain fish diseases (much like Gentian Violet kills yeast infections).

Both Methylene Blue and Gentian Violet are beautiful shades of their respective colors, and both of them stain like the dickens!

Enter SmallDaughter.

We had (for undisclosed reasons) a large (6 oz.) bottle of Methylene Blue stored high up in a kitchen cupboard (the cupboard that used to be over a refrigerator in a former kitchen arrangement) to keep it safe.

We don't anymore.

HOWEVER--on the bright side, my ugly kitchen linoleum tiles (and some cupboards) are infinitely more exciting, and my bathtub has an exciting "denim and indigo tie-dye with toeprints" motif. It also produces the most beautiful Caribbean blue bathwater imaginable.

PS--for those who are wondering, Methylene Blue IS NOT the same thing as Methyl Blue, and is not effective for certain dramatic scientific experiments. So, save your money. Darn, darn, darn.Just sayin'.


  1. I first opened this blog so I could commiserate with whatever you were feeling blue about. Now I have a smile on my face. So thank you for having a smalldaughter and for loving her the way a smalldaughter should be! Just think if all the lovely trips to the caribean you can now take, without the sand!

  2. I'm guessing that small daughter is looking more blue herself these days

  3. Mostly her feet look blue. Actually a rather horrible blue/green overtone with a NASTY deep blue rim around the nails. Very Zombie. You might want to keep your emergency Zombie plan in place!

  4. This post is sad (stain issue) and very funny. I love what messes the kids come up with. Sorry about the staining part.

  5. Dearest, I remember what the methylene blue is for!!!!!
    Your wonderful outlook.....can you bottle and sell it. I NEED SOME!!!