Cleaning up after kids (without chemicals)

I love my kids. They are the best things that have ever happened to me. But (and please don’t judge me for saying this) they really rocked my previously clean and tidy world when they arrived.

I am borderline OCD, which my friends like to tease me about, so when these wonderful little terrors arrived in my life, they managed to turn it upside down!

Being a bit of an eco-warrior, I am always looking for solutions that get the job done without causing harm to the planet (or my family for that matter). Here are a few of my top tips to restore your home to normality after your kids do their best at destroying it…

How to remove crayon from your carpet or upholstery

1. Scrape off the excess crayon with a dull knife. If the crayon is still soft freeze it first by placing some ice in a plastic bag and applying it to the crayon until it hardens, then scrape off with a dull knife.

2. Cover the stain with a clean white cloth and, using the tip of a warm iron, press. Repeat using a clean portion of the cloth until all the wax is lifted. Be careful not to transfer from the cloth back to the carpet or upholstery.

3. If a colour stain remains, you may need to sponge the stain gently with a non-diluted white vinegar.

How to remove dirty, greasy fingermarks from your glass doors

1. Mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 2 cups of warm water in a spray bottle and shake shake shake. Make sure the cornstarch is dissolved.

2. Spray onto the glass surface and wipe dry with a clean dry cloth or you could even try old newspapers.

How to remove the dreaded permanent marker from tiles or windows

1. Write over the permanent marker stain with a dry erase marker.

2. Wipe off with a paper towel. Both stains should come off together.

3. Wipe the area with warm soapy water to remove any residue and allow to air dry.

How to remove play doh from your carpet (my favourite)

1. Play doh goes hard quite quickly and when it is stuck in the carpet it can be difficult to remove. Try dampening a cloth with hot water and placing on top of the play doh. Leave it here about half an hour and it should soften the play doh enough and make it easier to remove.


2. If the play doh is completely dry, try brushing it briskly with a stiff brush to remove. Then vacuum up the dry pieces.

Bonus Tip: How to get gum out of your child’s hair (or your hubby’s)

The quickest, easiest way to remove gum from a child’s hair is to use extra virgin olive oil, massage it in well and the gum can then be removed quite easily.


Author: Ann Jacobs

Ann is our founder, Stacey's mum. She is also a reflexologist, aromatherapist and full-time clean freak... a title that she wears with pride.

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