Little people can make big messes. In fact, they can make more mess than all of the adults in your life put together, and this creates a LOT of work for already busy parents.
From speed cleaning LEGO bricks to removing floor scuffs to getting mold out of water bottles, we’ve put together a list of tried and tested house cleaning hacks every parents needs to know. Guaranteed to save you time and money.
1. Remove Floor Scuffs With A Tennis Ball
With kids running in and out of the house, floor scuffs are inevitable. Tried magic erasers on your floors but still have scuff marks?
Attach a tennis ball to a broom handle and vigorously rub at the mark. The fluffy fibers on the tennis ball will buff out any deep floor scuffs and dirt marks.
2. Urine Stains? Here’s How to Remove Them Naturally
Let’s face it, the occasional accident happens. Knowing how to remove urine stains from a mattress is a skill any parent needs to know.
Instead of using harsh chemicals, combine some baking soda and vinegar together and rub on the stain. Works a treat, and doesn’t have any toxic side effects!
3. And Use the Same Trick For Carpet Stains!
Baking Soda and Vinegar is one of the best, more natural stain removers you can use in your house with kiddos. This simple chemical reaction easily lifts stubborn strains from fabrics, carpets and rugs, and makes it easier to wipe up. Pretty smart!
4. A Simple Hack to Clean Moldy Sippy Cups & Bottles
Ever left a sippy cup or water bottle in the car for a few days only for it to resurface and discover it’s full of mold?
It only takes 24-48 hours for stomach-turning molds and odours to form!
Instead of throwing the bottle away, there’s a quicker (and cheaper way to clean it, intricate lid included!). Soak the inside with hot water and a little Clorox Bleach (only a teaspoon needed).
Give a good shake and tip upside down to disinfect the lid area too. Leave for a few hours. Voila, all mold gone.
Throw it in the dishwasher for a clean and the bleach smell will disappear. This mom swears by it.
5. Spaghetti or Sauce Stains? Here’s How to Get Them Out of Fabric
Spaghetti and kids go together really well. Often it’s one of their favorite meals, but the mess it makes is insane! TOMATO SAUCE everywhere, including your kid’s cheeks.
To remove those stubborn saucy stains from fabric, scrape the sauce off the fabric as quick as possible, sponge it with some cool water and apply some lemon juice or lime juice to lift the stain.
If the fabric is white or super light, you can use white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide directly onto the stain instead.
6. Clean LEGO Bricks…in the washing machine?! (Yes, really)
Kids are LEGO obsessed! They love building all sorts of structures with those bricks. But, can you imagine the amount of germs and bacteria that gathers on them? Ick.
Some articles suggest cleaning them individually, but what mom or dad has the time for that?! Instead, you can mass wash them in the washing machine, or the dishwasher (if you think your washing machine will be too hard on them).
Pop them into a large laundry bag, tie it up nice and tight and put into the machine. Make sure the bag doesn’t have large holes in for the bricks to fall out. Check out the tutorial here.
Psst…to dry them, put them in a salad spinner or lay them out on a beach towel in the sun for 30 minutes!
7. Have a Microfiber Couch to Clean?
So, you may have been lied to when people told you microfiber couches are easy to clean…at least when you have kids.
These couches show up stains like nobody’s business, especially if you bought a beige one. With a scrubbing fiber brush, brush some rubbing alcohol onto the stain and it will lift quickly.
8. Deep Clean Those Microwaves the Easy Way
The best way to prevent your microwave looking like a tomato explosion went off in it, is to cover your plate or dish with another plate or dish, BUT in the times you’ve forgotten to do that, try the next best thing; deep cleaning your microwave with lemon essential oil.
A natural treatment, all you need is water, lemon essential oil, a spray bottle and a sponge.
Soak the sponge with water (and we mean soak it). Fill your spray bottle with water and 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil, and spray the inside of the microwave with it.
Turn on your microwave for 2 minutes. Leave for a few minutes to cool down before picking up the sponge, then using the sponge wide down the inside.
This wipes off grime super easily!
9. Make Drinks Spills in the Car Easy to Clean Up
Not a house cleaning tip but worth mentioning! This is more of a proactive prevention tip, but is genius nonetheless.
Place some silicone cupcake liners in your car’s cup holders, so if a drink-spillage does happen, you’re not left with that sticky, dried residue that’s super hard to clean. Simply wash the liners and replace afterwards.
10. Remove those Wall Crayon Materpieces Quickly With a Hairdryer
If you’ve ever tried to remove your child’s masterpiece from the wall using a magic eraser, you’ll remember the weird joyful disappointment you experienced; it DID remove the crayon but it also removed the paint too. Not good.
As crayon is made from wax, heat it up with a hairdryer first! Remove with a soapy wet washcloth.
11. Need to wash Soft Toys? Try a Pillowcase
If your child has lots of soft toys or has a favorite they take to bed with them, you’ll want a quick (before they notice they’re missing!) and easy way to keep them smelling fresh and clean.
Some soft toys especially teddys have delicate stitching and fabrics so throwing them straight in the washing machine isn’t an option.
To protect them, and keep their fluff intact, put them inside a pillowcase before washing.
12. Glitter mess? Lint Rollers are your Friend
If you have a pet, you might already be wise to this trick, but you might not have thought to use it with glitter.
Whilst glitter is fun to use at craft time, cleaning up a glitter explosion most definitely isn’t. Mop up all that glitter with a handy lint roller in minutes.
13. Charcoal Keeps the Nappy Bin Smelling Fresh(er)
Charcoal is a natural odour absorber. Drop a few lumps of charcoal into the nappy bin after you empty it ready for the next…load. It will help to keep the pungent smell away.
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