Crayon.. crayon on the wall… what is the smartest way to clean them all?
Being a parent is a blessing and a challenge at the same time. There can be new “surprise” every day. Especially when you realize that your kid is one of the most brilliant artists in the world.
You can easily find drawings that aren’t on the paper, but on the clothes or the walls instead. If your kid is highly active and loves playing with cute stuff, there can also be some stain or dirt trapped in their toys. So, how to actually clean them?
Calm down, parents! I have just gathered 12 cool hacks to make your life so much easier. These cleaning hacks are specialized for creativity-related stains and toy-related dirt. These are practical and cheap hacks so everybody can do this. So, check them out and please, let me know what you think!
Get rid of those crayon stain on the wall with baking soda paste
If you have a super creative kid then you can easily find crayon stain on the wall. But don’t panic!
Just create a paste of baking soda and some water. Apply the mixture on the stained wall and scrub it gently with a sponge. After that, wash it with soapy water for the best result.
Clean those crayon-stained clothes using WD-40
I gotta say that WD-40 is a brilliant cleaning product. And you can use it to clean your kid’s clothes from crayon stain.
Cover the stained area with a paper towel and then spray them with WD-40. Turn the clothes face down [the paper towel is underneath the cloth] and let it sit for few minutes. Change the paper towel and spray it again with WD-40.
After that, handwash the stain using dishwashing detergent and hot water [if it’s safe for the fabric]. Finally, rinse it with warm water.
Clean pen-stained clothes using rubbing alcohol
Besides crayon, your kids might be so creative on using pens. So if you got any clothes that are freshly pen-stained, you surely need this trick.
Just pour a little amount of rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and use it to press the stained area. You might need to do some gentle rub.
After that, don’t forget to machine-wash it for the maximum result.
Clean the permanent marker stain on the floor using toothpaste
So, if the walls and clothes can’t give enough space to contain your kid’s creative drawings, there might be another place in your house that got some fabulous stain; the floor. Clean the marker-stained floor using a toothpaste. Just apply the toothpaste to the stained area, scrub it gently, and give a final wipe.
Use a vacuum cleaner and lint roller to remove glitter spill
If your dearest daughter loves crafty things, she might love playing with glitter in her room. But glitters are so small and light they can easily fall everywhere and become a mess.
So just vacuum them. If there are still some sticky glitters that refuse to go, grab your lint roller to finish the job.
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Put the clothes in the freezer to remove gums
I have no idea how children do this and why, but just in case your dearest kid got chewing gum on their clothes, just do this trick. Put the clothes inside a plastic bag and put them in a freezer for 2 hours. After the gum becomes hard in the freezer, use spoon to peel it quickly before the gum gets soft again.
Use coconut oil and baking soda to remove stickers
Stickers are cute, but sometimes they get stuck on the wrong surfaces like windows or floors.
So if such thing happens in your house, just mix a tbsp of baking soda and a tbsp of coconut oil to make a paste.
Apply the paste to the stickers, let it sit for few minutes, scrub it, and wash them away.
Machine wash the stuffed animals inside a lingerie bag
Please check the label on your kid’s stuffed animal. If it’s suitable for machine-washing, then don’t hesitate to do that.
Just make sure you gather all of them inside a lingerie bag for laundry before you press the start button. This thing will save your time and sanity to sort them from a pile of clothes.
After that, dry it under the sun for 2 days or use a hair dryer to fasten the drying process.
Scrub the stuffed animals with baking soda paste
Now if the stuffed animal is just very very dirty, you might consider hand-washing it.
So have yourself 1/2 cup of baking soda and mix it with some drops of vinegar to make a paste. Grab an old toothbrush to apply the paste and brush the stuffed animal. Wash it with water and dry it with hairdryer.
Wash the plastic toys using the dishwasher
I mean seriously, you can use your dishwasher to wash other things that aren’t kitchen utensils. If you are tired of wasting your time to wipe your kid’s toys manually every single day, then you should try this hack.
Just throw the plastic toys [not the ones with battery/electricity!] into the dishwasher rack, just like you wash the plates and glasses.
This trick is sanity-saving and definitely super easy. You can now easily clean those toys as often as you want.
Machine wash the Lego bricks inside a laundry bag
Lego bricks can easily trap dust and you never know what bacteria are trapped there.
So wash them regularly
Dishwasher ain’t the best choice for this toy, so you’d better visit the laundry room instead.
Collect the Lego bricks inside a big lingerie bag for laundry to prevent the pieces from being hard-to-collect after the wash. Wash it with the hot water and little soap.
Pick up all the tiny pieces of toys from the floor using the dustpan
Collecting an abundant of small toys using your bare hand is sometimes a little bit frustrating.
So get yourself a dustpan instead. Use it to gather those tiny pieces and place them in the toy container super quickly.
Don’t forget to save these hacks for later!