Halloween and the day after have to be one of the biggest cleaning days of the year as parents or as party hosts! Your children leave chocolate and candy all over the house, themselves, the dog perhaps? Gunk from your rotting jack-‘o-lantern is stuck to the front porch and the neighbor’s kids think it is hilarious to throw eggs at every car on the block and toilet paper the neighborhood! Most Halloween stains can be eliminated using safe, natural products used everyday around your home!
- Sticky candy and Chocolate: Lollipops and taffy are the delight of kids young and old, but when you lay sticky candy down on your carpet or couch, the stain isn't so sweet. Scrape as much of the candy off as possible and then blot with a mixture of vinegar and warm water. Continue to blot until the stain is completely removed--rinsing well with water to remove all the sugar. For chocolate you can rub the stain in a circular motion with warm, soapy water or try a borax solution! Borax is a natural substance and eco-friendly! Don't forget to rinse with cold water.
- Gum: As a young girl myself I have had many personal encounters with gum stuck in my hair! And Halloween was always the worst! Gently rub strands with peanut butter or olive oil until the gum gets out. If it’s stuck to clothing, press ice to the sticky area until it hardens, then scrape off.
- Pumpkin: Before you start carving a jack-‘o-lantern, lay down newspapers under the pumpkin for easy cleanup. If, or perhaps when parts of the pumpkin get on the carpet or floor use a spoon to scrape off as much as possible, then scrub with a solution or white vinegar and water. After the mixture has dried for an hour you can vacuum or wipe up the area and everything should be new again! If not repeat the process!
- Makeup: Halloween is usually, and hopefully heavier than everyday makeup. Try using an all-natural oil to gently remove yours or your child's Halloween makeup. A great oil for this would be coconut oil! If makeup has fallen on clothing try putting a few drops of glycerin on the stain and scrape off or gently rubbing with hydrogen peroxide!
- Glitter: First, DON'T USE GLITTER! Okay, so there was my warning! Second, if you cannot help yourself (LIKE ME) vacuum up any glitter you can. For the remnants, try rolling some Play-Doh over the mess to pick up sparkles. Third, continue this action until the following Halloween and then do it all over again!