I could call my grandma a “Stain Houdini”. She can make anything disappear.

My daughter had a magic marker mixed in with the washables on a long car ride. Yup. That led to a large orange stain on the seat and on her seat. I tried to get the stain out of the pants, but failed. I threw them away. But the car seat has a twin. I didn’t want to toss both out. (Car seats can be expensive!!)  So, I brought the seat to Grandma Dot.

She had it out in minutes. In fact, she asked me if the marker was actually washable. It wasn’t.

Here’s her secret mix:

She actually condenses the Spray-n-Wash. She takes it outside (away from children) and sprays it into a small bottle. Then she pours that concentrated liquid right on the stain. Sometimes (in this case) she mixes the liquid with some special soap. It is called Naphtha Soap. She puts the paste right on the stain. You can find the soap in most supermarkets. It may be a different brand. The Fels-Naphtha is more popular these days (feature picture. Source)  Grandma likes the P&G because it is white. It works like bleach on whites.

What methods do you use to clean otherwise impossible stains?

Jen Sill

For nearly 15 years Jennifer spent her time clawing her way up the chain as a television producer and newsroom manager. She's helped create and produce newscasts and talkshows. Just as she was realizing some of her professional goals, she decided to give it all up for a family. Although Jennifer has lived in Miami and L.A., she has always called Nebraska home. She always knew she wanted to raise her children in the Midwest. Jennifer is now trying to find her way in a new world. She may be frenzied and frazzled sometimes, but she would not give up being a mom to her almost four year old and her almost two year old for anything.