5 Genius Cleaning Hacks Every Parent Needs to Know

Having children has its lovely moments, but the mess they leave behind can leave many parents tearing their hair out. It doesn’t matter whether the child has been to the toilet, playing, eating or even attempting to tidy themselves up, they seem to manage to leave a trail of mess and destruction behind them.

We’ve compiled a list of five of our favourite tips and tricks for cleaning up behind your little one – saving you time when you’d much rather be doing something else.

Cucumber and WD-40 for Crayons

This pairing is the ultimate crayon-fighting team. Crayons can be a nightmare to remove from walls, carpet or clothing, but if you have some cucumber and WD-40 all the stress is wiped away.

Cucumber skin is brilliant at getting crayon marks off walls, with a simple rub over the drawings should leave your walls looking as good as new.

WD-40 can remove crayon stains from clothing better than the average washing powder. Simply spray a little over the stain and rub hard until the marks are gone.

Freeze-Remove the Chewing Gum

Somehow, at some point, chewing gum will end up on the bottom of your child’s shoe or on their clothes.

However, this doesn’t have to mean their outfit is ruined. Simply place the item in your freezer overnight, leaving the gum to harden and become easier to peel or fall off when the item of clothing is removed from the freezer.

Lint-Roll Glitter Removal

Your kids have had their fun being creative and making a lovely picture, however if they’ve used glitter this can be a nightmare. You’ll begin to feel like the glitter will never leave and you’ll keep finding bits in their hair, or on the floor, or up the curtains – even after they’ve moved out.

Lint rollers are the perfect solution to collect glitter off surfaces, floors and clothes. This tiny hack will change the lives of glitter-loving children everywhere.

Put Teddy on a Spin Cycle

Your little one’s favourite soft toy they insist on carrying everywhere will not only leave it covered in crumbs, drool, food, and other sticky things, but also will make it a hygiene concern and somehow, even though they’re attached at the hip to this soggy toy, you’ll want to prise it out of their hands and wash it till it’s new again.

It’s unlikely they’ll notice too much of a difference, and teddies are safe to go in the washing machine. Giving their favourite teddy a gently spin in the washing machine will give you peace of mind that they’re not going to become ill any time soon.

Line their Lunchbox with Mustard

Now, hear us out. Lunchboxes can end up quite smelly, especially if your child forgets to bring it home from school each day. Lining the lunchbox with mustard can neutralise and get rid of unpleasant smells lurking inside – it’s not some horrible April fool’s joke.

Remember to remove the mustard before repacking it though…

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