No matter how much ghoulish fun you, your friends and family have on Halloween, nothing is scarier than the mess left behind after a fun night of ghostly partying and sticky trick-or-treating.
Here are some tips for cleaning those common Halloween leftovers.
Nothing says Halloween more than a festive pumpkin, but the mess left behind can be a pain to clean up. Our best tip for cleaning up a pumpkin’s seeds and slimy insides is to start the carving process by putting down newspaper or paper towers. When the inevitable happens and you get the icky stuff where you don’t want it, spray with all-purpose cleaner and let it sit for a minute or two to break down the residue. Wipe clean with a paper towel or damp sponge.
Avoid having yesterday’s ghoulish glamour turn into today’s ghastly mess. We suggest starting with a damp cloth to remove the excess, and if you still have glitter in unwanted places, use your vacuum cleaner’s nozzle attachment to grab any excess.
Caramel Apple Drips
Sticky caramel can be a nightmare to clean up. If caramel drips onto your cook top, let it soak in dish soap for two minutes and use baking soda to gently scrub it off.
Our tip for cleaning marshmallow and other sticky treats, from cooking utensils is to fill the pans with water and dish soap and bring it to a boil. The pan will wash up easily.
Halloween make-up on skin, such as the face, can be removed easily with a gentle baby oil. On clothing, use a hydrogen peroxide to remove the stains instead.
Chocolate, can be a nightmare to clean up on clothing. Getting to the stain early with a detergent pre-treater can work wonders, but if you don’t have one handy, try washing up liquid instead. Treat the stain several times until you feel confident that it’s gone, before placing the garment in the dryer where the heat will set the stain in.
Waking up to find out someone has egged your car or house doesn’t have to be a Halloween nightmare. Rather than hunting down the little darlings who did this to you with a pitchfork, take a deep breath and pick up any pieces of shell you can find. A solution of equal parts white vinegar and warm water left sitting on the eggy mess for around ten to fifteen minutes should make it easy to sponge up and remove.
Consider yourself forewarned, wet toilet paper is much harder to clean up than the dry version. Use double-sided tape attached or stick to grab at strands of the lovely stuff hanging up in trees or on the sides of the house and garage. If rain has beaten you to it, use a hose and clean up any leftover residue with diluted vinegar or bleach.
Arm yourself with these simple tips for cleaning up the inevitable drips. Use a utensil like a paint scraper or dull knife to remove the wax from scratch resistant countertops, and then treat the area with a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser. Carpets, fabrics and non-scratch resistant surfaces can be cleaned by melting the wax with an iron applied over several layers of paper towels and then dabbing up with a carpet cleaning solution, dry cleaning solution or rubbing alcohol and paper towels.
It may look daunting, but silly string cleans up easily with plain soap and water on most household surfaces. It can be damaging to cars, however, particularly once it hardens. Hose off as much string as you can and then use a very soft substance, such as a chamois or microfiber cloth to remove the rest.