Saturday, March 11, 2017

Cleaning Up Kids’ Messes

If you’ve got young kids, you’ll know just how much mess they can make. Crayon on the walls, food in the carpet and glitter, well everywhere. Chances are, you’ll be looking for some ideas on how to clean up kids’ messes quickly and with the minimal amount of effort properly – I’ve got you covered. Check out these quick tips for cleaning up common children’s messes:

Getting Rid of Glitter

Kids love playing with glitter, but parents have less of a good time cleaning it up. I mean, it gets everywhere, and even after you think you’ve cleaned it up, you’re still finding gold flecks in your hair weeks later. Luckily, cleaning glitter up doesn’t have to be too much of a chore; simply use a damp paper towel to brush the glitter into one area and then use a lint roller to pick it up. Vacuum the area afterward, and you should find that you’ve got rid of 99 percent of the problem without too much of a headache.

Picking Up Play-Doh

If you’re a parent who’s had to painstakingly remove Play-Doh from your beautiful carpet, I deeply sympathize. Like glitter, small grains of the squidgy substance can stick around for ages, unless you use the following trick: 

Use a large lump of Play-Doh to pick up bigger pieces of the dough that are stuck in your carpet, being careful not to actually touch the floor with it. Leave the smaller pieces of Play-Doh to dry completely and then carefully use a stiff bristled brush or blunt knife to break it up before vacuuming. Only when you have removed all of the Play-Doh should you consider cleaning the area with water. A good carpet cleaner (You can find one at will help you to get out any leftover discolorations from the carpet once you have gotten rid of the bulk of the problem.

Purge that Pee

Most children wet the bed at some stage, but you can’t just buy a new mattress every time it happens. Luckily, you don’t have to. Just strip the bed, blot up the moisture with paper towels and sprinkle baking soda on the affected area. Once completely dry, vacuum up the baking soda and apply a mixture of biological laundry powder and water to the affected area. Blot, sprinkle and vacuum again and leave the mattress to dry for as long as possible. It’ll look and smell as good as new.

Cleaning Up Crayons

What is it about kids that makes them want to draw on the walls so much when they have plenty of perfectly good paper lying around? If your little Picasso has made a masterpiece on your wall lately, pick up some lemon essential oil (you can find quality essential oils at NHROrganicOils.Com and mix a few drops into a small amount of water. Use a microfiber cloth to rub the area gently. Alternatively, mix baking soda and water into a toothpaste consistency and apply that to the crayon. Rub off, and your walls should be clean once more.

Do you have any amazing tips for cleaning up after messy kids?

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