In this activity, learners create a mixture of water, alcohol and permanent marker ink, and then add salt to form a colored alcohol layer on top of a colorless water layer. The reason this happens is complicated: permanent marker ink dissolves in alcohol but not water; alcohol and water mix, but alcohol and salt do not. Adding salt to water and alcohol causes the salt to dissolve in water, and the salt water sinks below the alcohol/marker ink because it is more dense. Extensions are provided, along with additional background information about electron charge and solubility, and real world biology applications of "salting out." Part of the "No Hassle Messy Science with a Wow" activity guide by OMSI where all activities use only household materials.