Holidays -- who doesn't love them? They allow us to take a break and catch up with friends and family. What's scary though is the holiday aftermath. Thanksgiving leads to a bountiful mess. Christmas means having to clean while feeling too cold. But when it comes to home cleaning nightmares, Halloween takes the cake! There’s no holiday more frightful than Halloween. Cleaning up all the decors is scary enough, but the horror of the mess left behind by Halloween pranks and sweets can make cleaning a true-to-life bone-chilling endeavor.
But, don't be afraid! We bravely did some research and collected the best cleaning tricks to help you conquer your fear of cleaning any mess brought about by Halloween traditions.
After all the fun and excitement of trick-or-treating, cavities aren’t the only problem that comes next. Candies can be just as bad for clothing, carpeting, and upholstery, especially if the not-so-friendly ghosts left them everywhere. To clean up this candy-based mess, use a mixture of one cup of lukewarm water and one teaspoon of detergent. Dip a Lola® All-Purpose Cloth in the solution and use it to gently blot the candy stains. You may add vinegar to the cleaning mixture if the stains are being stubborn.
Remember this trick -- before carving your pumpkins, lay down some newspapers to minimize the mess. But in case you forgot and your pumpkin carvings have already resulted in a mess, you can just use a spoon to scrape off messes and finish them off with the Lola Pro Amazin™ Sponge & Scrubber Roller Mop, with a mix of dishwashing liquid and water.
Halloween costumes and makeup are an integral part of the holiday, and if you aren’t careful enough, makeup can get pretty much everywhere. Makeups are mainly grease-based, so dish soap is often enough to lift these stains out of fibers. But for tough makeup stains, you may also try using sodium percarbonate.
If your home becomes a victim of Halloween pranksters, you'd want to quickly clean up the mess they left behind. Here are a few tricks for cleaning up your home:
- Eggs: Wet the area below the dried-up egg stain, wait a few minutes, and then gently hose off from the top of the wall, creating a waterfall that washes the egg off. If the egg is stubborn, apply a mixture of warm water and an alkaline cleaner. Never use hot water to clean off egg stains as high temperatures only make them stickier.
- Toilet Paper: Luckily, toilet paper is meant to dissolve when exposed to water. It will naturally disintegrate over a couple of days, or you can use a hose to spray them off. You may also use a leaf blower or rake to get it out of branches and eavestroughs.
- Shaving Cream/Soap: Shaving cream and soap can be easily washed away with the help of your garden hose. Just make sure you rinse off your home thoroughly so that you’re not leaving anything behind.
The aftermath of Halloween can look – and feel – much like a horror movie scene. Cleaning the mess is going to be a challenge, but possible. Magic spells and incantations won’t take care of it, though. The only secret is following the tricks above and doing them ASAP to treat the Halloween mess.