Monday, January 17, 2011

Clean Up - The Natural Way

No one likes using bleach and other harsh chemicals when kids are around!  Unfortunately, since kids kids tend to be mess magnets, there really is no getting around it.  But, if you act quickly enough, you can often get rid of some of the worst culprits with every day items!

How to Clean Crayon off a Wall

Use a spatula or plastic spoon to gently scrape away the wax.  Sprinkle baking soda on a damp white cloth and rub the marks off.
A damp sponge might be needed at the end to get the last bits off.

How to Clean Crayon off Carpet

Try to scrape off the biggest with a butter knife.  Once you get the biggest removed, place a paper bag over the stain and run an iron back and forth over the bag.  Make sure it's on the highest setting and move it back and forth quickly.  Remove the bag and you should see the crayon now on the paper instead of your carpet!  You may need to repeat this a couple times with more than one bag if you've got a big crayon disaster. 

How to Get Grape Juice out of Clothing

When it comes to grape juice; move quickly and try whitening toothpaste!  Put water on the stain rub in about half an inch of toothpaste.  Scrub it a bit with your fingers, and let it sit for at least half an hour, then throw it in the laundry.  Don't use a bar of soap - this only 'sets' the stain.  This works on wine stains too! 


Get Gum out of Clothing

We all know that if someone gets gum in their hair the best thing to use are ice cubes.  Did you know that the same thing goes gum in clothing?  Throw the garment into the freezer and, once it harden's, just scrape off the gum.  This won't leave any residue or stains!

Get Blood out of Clothing

Act quickly and wash it off with warm soapy water.  Adding salt often helps remove the stain.  If it sets too long, you may be stuck having to use hydrogen peroxide.

These work on reasonable messes and have the best results if done as quickly as possible.  For bigger disasters, harsher chemicals may be needed.

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