Stains and Spiders: A Product Review
4.28.2016

Judy is our resident merchandising manager and storyteller, two roles she frequently combines with great effect. At our last meeting, she shared a story that was both a product review and a hilarious personal anecdote that left us rolling.

This is her story.

The Set-Up:  My husband was in the bathroom putting some greasy ointment on our dog’s ear. I was going to bed. As I pulled back the covers before climbing in, a BIG, black, thick-legged, sturdy-looking spider took off running from underneath my pillow and across the comforter! It seemed like forever but my husband came running to see why I was screaming.

The Smack-Down:  As soon as he saw the spider, he began hitting at it with his hand. The spider fell off the bed and onto the carpet. He then proceeded to stomp on it (with a bare foot!) to stop it from running. Of course, I was still screaming because he was touching it with his bare foot. The spider inevitably got stuck in between his toes–still alive!! He panicked and REALLY started jumping around; I was still screaming; and the dog was cowering in the corner, unsure of what to do with all the jumping and screaming going on.  Eventually, my husband was able to stomp the spider into a stupor and pick it up.

The Clean-Up:  After all the excitement, I looked at the bed. A big, oily spot (transferred from my husband’s dog-healing hands during the spider incident) now graced our light blue comforter. We tried to blotting and cleaning it up but the oil would not budge. I took the comforter into the laundry room, my husband’s domain since his retirement.  When I asked where the spot remover was (we used to have several different kinds), he said to use Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover. Originally, I bought it to use when I get something on a quilt I am working on–it’s wonderful! He said he started using it when he does laundry and loves it so much that is now all he uses for a spot remover. He absolutely loves it. I asked him if he wanted me to get another bottle because the bottle it comes in is pretty tiny,  but he said a little goes such a long way that it lasts a long time. Thanks to Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover (and my husband), my comforter is spot free and clean, the spider is dead, and all is well.

Judy's Heroes


17 comments

  1. Sue Lewis - April 28, 2016

    This is hilarious!!! I loved reading it. I am still laughing as I am typing this. Thank you, thank you for the laugh.

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    • Hayley - April 28, 2016

      Glad you enjoyed it, Sue! Judy is an excellent storyteller. 😀

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  2. Leanne - April 28, 2016

    OMG!! This is so funny!! I have a definite fear of spiders and would not have been able to go to sleep until I knew that the thing was DEAD! The visual you created was so vivid in my mind…………..and hilarious! Thanks!! LOL!

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  3. Pauline - April 28, 2016

    I also love Grandma’s Spot Remover. I have several little bottles around the house. It is the only thing I have found that gets stubborn stains out!

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    • Hayley - April 28, 2016

      It really is a great product!

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  4. Evie H - April 28, 2016

    I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. Thanks! But, eeew, bare feet? THAT gave me the willies!

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  5. Michelle Konka - April 28, 2016

    I laughed out loud! Thanks for the story & the tip!!

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  6. Cynthia Fedak - April 28, 2016

    I don’t mind spiders, but I don’t fancy one in my bed. My cats usually pile on my bed, so if they saw something move, it would be a chase for sure. That is a cute story, a keeper for when the grandkids read all about family and fun. I keep books with stories also. I will have to get that for my laundry, I find putting certain stains on the line for two days will usually remove those stains. I wet the item and then winter or summer it ends up on the line. Great for mustard or tomato stains.

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  7. Nancy Brado - April 28, 2016

    In a similar incident, my friend got up during the night to visit the bathroom. As she sat down onto the toilet seat, she felt something clammy and squishy under her left flank. She jumped up and turned on the light only to discover that she had sat on a frog and it was seriously injured. Since she was the only one in the house, she figured that screaming was useless, so, she went out to the kitchen, got a Tupperware container and gently slid the frog into it. She put the lid on and set the whole thing out on the front porch. She then took a very long shower, concentrating on the “frog spot”. The next day, having forgotten the frog, she went about her household chores. Her front doorbell rang and the mailman was standing there holding the Tupperware container. He wanted to check just to make sure whether there was something in it for him or not. (She frequently treated him to some homemade goodies). Of course, she now remembered the frog and told him that what was in there was definitely not for him. There was a dead frog in in. He offered to get rid of it for her and she said that she would really appreciate it. He walked over to a hedge, pried open the lid, intending to dump the frog unceremoniously into the hedge. The frog, however, had other ideas and jumped directly onto the poor man’s face. That, of course, created another set of problems for both my friend and the mailman. They both screamed and swatted at the frog. I can only imagine what went through that frog’s mind. I never tired of hearing Catherine tell about the frog.

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  8. Judith Green - April 28, 2016

    Great story! Would make a hilarious short film!!

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  9. Karen Johnson - May 1, 2016

    I can totally see you two jumping and hollering! Thanks for the giggle and the product recommendation.

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  10. Joy - May 3, 2016

    LOL… Even after you told me the story in person… this made me laugh so hard. Kent you are a hero!

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  11. MaryAgnes - May 3, 2016

    But, what about the dog? Is he okay?

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    • Judy - May 9, 2016

      Yes, MaryAgnes, our puppy is fine! She just had a little bump on her ear from rough housing with other dogs.

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  12. Kathleen - May 4, 2016

    Oh I love this stuff. I used it to get a stain out of a baby bib. My daughter could not get it clean. It looked like someone had stepped on it with a dirty work boot by the time I got to it. I actually think it was food stains starting to mold because the bib had gotten misplaced while dirty. With a little help from a toothbrush to move the fibers around, this stuff did the trick!

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  13. Sara Medd - May 4, 2016

    Loved both stories! Mother Nature has such a sense of humor!

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  14. Nancy - May 6, 2016

    Love both the stories, you can visualize them so vividly!
    My hubby loves to tell his frog story: when he was about 7, he and his two brothers took two paper shopping bags and filled them with frogs from a nearby creek. They brought the bags in the house and put some water in the bathtub and dumped all the frogs in. What they didn’t do was close the bathroom door. they didn’t know their Mom was asleep on the couch until they were a few houses away and they heard her screaming! She was standing on the couch protecting herself with an afghan while frogs were jumping everywhere! All of them were grounded until they found every single frog which took them about three weeks. These funny stories can keep a smile in your heart long after you hear them. Thanks for the smiles, ladies.

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