There’s no denying babies and kids are a messy bunch. But half the fun of life is in getting messy. The secret is knowing how to clean up later without fuss.
Remove crayon from walls
It seems most kids follow the classic naughty messes and this one pops up time and time again. A quick look through the mummy forums and we found three top ideas; Gumption, eucalyptus oil or baby wipes should all bring your walls back to their former glory. Did your kids find the adult crayons (i.e. permanent markers)? Try a blob of toothpaste, not the gel kind, a damp cloth and some elbow grease to lift that stain. While you’re at it we recommend providing your kids with outdoor play furniture for their artistic flair. Drawing on paper is preferred but no harm done if they scribble across the picnic table.
Glitter that gets everywhere
Believe it or not the best way to fix up stray glitter is with another popular kids product - playdoh. Roll yourself a big ball of playdoh and press it onto any excess glitter. It should lift right off. We imagine some blutack would do a stellar job as well (if you’re kids won’t let you clean with their toys).
Sand out of the carpet
Sand is a lot like glitter; you don’t know where it came from but it appears to be everywhere. Keep sand where it belongs with a sandpit from MyDeal and figure out how to clean it up when it escapes. For smaller rugs you can roll it up, take it outdoors and give it a good whack to loosen most of the sand, then use a vacuum or brush for the last few granules. On larger carpets or those attached to your floors a close vacuum is the best bet. Depending on the delicacy of your carpets a rough brush will help loosen the sand so you can vacuum it up easier. If you’re worried about ruining it then attach a small vacuum nozzle and lower the handle as close to the carpet as possible so maximum suction power is being used.
Removing misplaced stickers
That sticker book was looking like a super cute present for a few hours but somewhere along the way you lost control of who decides where stickers can be placed. There are worse things than finding Dora The Explorer plastered across your car dashboard but we bet you’d get rid of it if you could. Enter the humble hairdryer. Heating the sticker for a few seconds should heat the glue beneath and make it easier for you to scrape off.
The secret powers of baking soda
Emily Ayers from Service.com.au has some advice on getting out pesky stains with a household item most everyone has hiding somewhere.
If you have creative kids, you're sure to get stains on clothes. To remove difficult stains, apply baking soda with a damp cloth or spray with a general stain remover and leave overnight. Place the item in your washing machine on a cold cycle and this should remove any remaining stain. Do not use warm water as this can set the stain.
Mix water with baking soda to get a tough solution for stubborn oven stains. Add just enough water to turn the baking soda into a paste solution. Coat the oven with the mix and leave overnight. In the morning, wipe away grime with a damp towel. For really stubborn stains, you might need to use a vinegar spray in combination. The vinegar will react to any remaining baking soda in your oven and create a foam solution that will help you remove any stains.
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Degerming plastic toys
Babies love putting things in their mouth which is why it’s a good idea to clean up their plastic toys every so often. Racecars, building blocks, dolls, all of these can be put through your dishwasher for a fuss free way to keep them squeaky clean.
Have the right tools for the job
If there’s one thing that helps make cleaning easier for everyone it’s using the right cleaning products and cloths. Bec Bradshaw, from The Everyday Organiser, has years of experience in cleaning and agreed to let us in on one of her secrets.
“The best piece of advice I can give from cleaning homes for the last 5 years is to use quality microfibre cloths. Microfibre cloths basically do the work for you. They are easy to store, easy to reuse and you only need to use water with them. Unlike other feather dusters, they actually pick up dust and dirt particles and remove these from your home. This means less allergies and a much longer lasting clean. They also easily remove grime from the sinks in your home and spatters on kitchen cupboards. I can guarantee using microfiber cloths will significantly cut down the time and products needed for your cleaning routine.”
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Tackle all of life’s little messes with confidence and a little help from your MyDeal fairy godmother.