Cleaning up after the Halloween Party

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Don’t let cleaning up after Halloween spook you!  You can use these simple tricks after ghosts, goblins, and witches have treated (or tricked).  

Sticky candy on plates

Halloween treats are the best, but a slimy worm, orange icing, and green marshmallows can leave a sticky residue.  You can clean melted candy by mixing a teaspoon of dish detergent, and a cup of warm water then blot with a cloth.  If stickiness persists, you can mix 1-part vinegar and 2 parts water to blot the remains.  To remove gum, use an ice cube to harden and scrape it off!

Mmmmm chocolate

If you find melted chocolate on the carpet or furniture, do not blot it or you will grind the stain deeper into the fabric!  Begin by scraping the chocolate and then use the appropriate stain remover for the surface or fabric.

Pumpkin carving mess

Who doesn’t like to carve jack-o-lanterns?!  Just a heads up – it will be messy!  Lay down some newspaper before your carving session.  You can also use a spoon to scrape off messes and accidents and scrub with a mix of dishwashing liquid and water.

Glitter, glitter everywhere

And I mean everywhere!  You can use a vacuum to remove any glitter that you can see.  If you have some that you can’t get off a surface, roll playdoh over the area, and it will come right up!

House get egged?

Remove dried egg from the bottom up.  Wet the area below the dried egg, wait a few minutes, and then gently hose off.  If the egg is stubborn, apply a mixture of warm water and an alkaline cleaner.  Be careful with an alkaline cleaner and read more here.  Never use hot water to clean off dried eggs as high temperatures congeal the egg’s proteins and make it stickier.

TP in the trees?

Luckily toilet paper is meant to dissolve when exposed to water!  It will disintegrate naturally over a couple of days, or you can use a hose with a tightly directly spray.  A leaf blower will work too for low branches.