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See It to Believe It

July 9, 2010

It takes a lot to WOW me! I guess I am always a bit of a skeptic, especially when something seems to good (or weird to be true). But today I am a believer.


What has me so fired-up? Well, let me tell you a little story about the Little One. She loves to play dress-up. We have a bucket load of princess dresses that she rotates through. Those of you with little girls know those things don’t come cheap.  We’ve been very blessed with family and friends who have gifted us these dresses. Yes, I am too cheap to buy them, especially the licensed Disney ones!


The girls were coloring nicely on the white board side of their easel. The Big One drew a line down the middle so they could share it. I was in the kitchen making lunch, when I suddenly hear the Big One gasp and scream, “UH-OH!! <Little One> colored the wall and her PRINCESS dress!!!”  Now normally I make the Little One de-robe before using the white board. I have heard too many stories dry erase ink not coming out of clothes, carpet, upholstery, etc.


I called the Little One into the kitchen and saw the damage. She has several blue splotches all over her light pink Barbie princess dress.  I’ve been having issues with her all week with these darn dry erase pens.  She has colored the wall several times. (Of course, it’s not her fault. She says “the crayon just did that.”) UGH! Thank God for Magic Erasers is all I can say about the walls.


Now onto the dress. I hit Google to try and find the answer to removing dry erase pen from clothing. There are a lot of suggestions out there:  rubbing alcohol, baby wipes, bleach, etc. One that I hadn’t tried (or heard of before) was to use Murphy’s Oil Soap.


In the past, I had tried all of the other “remedies” unsuccessfully.  So I went to Wal*Mart and got the Murphy’s Oil Soap. I was skeptic.  After all, the stuff is a yucky yellow color. It’s got an oily texture and it smells kind of funny. But I figured if it didn’t work, the dress was going in the trash anyway, so what’s the harm.


I put the marked up portion of the dress in a bowl and poured a little Murphy’s Oil Soap on it and was instantly amazed at what was happening before my eyes.  I saw the ink literally lifting up off the material and becoming a blue-ish goo. I hadn’t touched it, rubbed it or anything.  After a few seconds, I scratched at the ink with my finger and miraculously the rest of the blue ink came right out.  I was amazed.


See for yourself:

{I didn’t get a real good one before I started because I figured it wasn’t going to work.

This was taken after I already got one splotch out – there on the left you can still see a bit of it.}

This is the ink magically coming out

{I admit I was very nervous that it was making it much worse}:

And look now, the ink is gone!!!  A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Amanda permalink
    July 9, 2010 9:06 am

    Wow, I’ll have to try that! My girls have done the same thing, but to their regular dresses (that was before I knew dry erase markers stained, ugh). I wonder if it still works after washing it. :\

  2. WicketsMom permalink
    July 13, 2010 10:34 am

    I have my son use the regular washable markers on the whiteboard instead of the dry-erase. They work just as well, and it’s alot easier to clean up any stray marks.

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