We've detailed how to clean that baby gear, from high chairs and car seats to breast pumps and bottles, and now our Spring-cleaning series continues with some tips on how to clean those tough-to-treat stains that are just part of living with a kiddo, beyond the baby poo and spit-up days. Juice, paint, and food spills, muddy boots, rogue stickers, crayon marks, and, yes, even Cheetos (or in my family's case, barbecue Popchips) fingers are just part of living with a little one, but we have a handy-dandy guide on how to beat nine common kid stains. Keep clicking to prepare yourself to battle your kids' spills, smudges, and spots.
- Chocolate: Warm hands and chocolate rabbits can lead to smudges and smears on dresses and slacks. Try this method of removing the delicious treat from clothing. Allow the chocolate to harden, you can even put the apparel in the fridge to speed up the process then use a butter knife to scrape off the excess. Then run hot water on the back of the stain to push it out of the fabric and continue this until it is no longer making a difference. Next, saturate the stain with dish soap and let it sit for ten minutes. Saturate the remaining chocolate stain with household dish detergent and let it sit for ten minutes before rinsing it again with hot water. As a last resort, you can put the item in the washer with a gallon of whole milk for half an hour before allowing it to rinse in the regular cycle.
- Egg: If your kiddo slopped some of their scrambled, poached or hard-boiled egg on them, try this method of removal. Use a butter knife to scrape the residue off the affected area. Then take an absorbent cloth to soak up any excess and dab the front and back of the stained material with cold water. Next, take a dab of laundry detergent and rub the fabric between your fingers while rinsing. Repeat until the entire stain has lifted.
- Egg Dye: If your tot's hands ended up with more color than their Easter eggs, try mixing sugar and vegetable oil into a hand scrub and massage into the affected area before rinsing with soap and water.
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One of the most-emailed stories on FABSUGAR last week was our post on cheap and chic secrets that every gal should know about. With that in mind, here are a few other budget beauty tricks to try.
When it comes to portable and affordable stain fighters, it’s hard to beat the individually wrapped alcohol swabs found in first-aid kits. You can buy about 100 of them for $2 at any drugstore (or online here), then stow them in your purse for on-the-go emergencies. They’re especially adept at getting coffee and tea stains out of light clothing; the alcohol, however, can have a bleaching effect on dark clothes, so use caution. For best results, attack the stain immediately by rubbing vigorously with the pad, then wipe the area with a wet paper towel or cloth.
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