From melting ice pops and wet towels to sandy shoes and glittery art projects, kid-made messes tend to pile up during the summer, with moms pulling double duty with their children home from school.
To help parents enjoy their summer, Debra Johnson, home-cleaning expert for Merry Maids offered easy tricks and solutions for tackling the notorious summer messes by engaging their kids to help clean up. Take a look:
Ice pop drips
The solution: Ice pops are always a fan favorite once the weather warms up. The best home remedy for removing ice pop drips from upholstery or carpeting is to dampen the stained area with dishwashing-liquid solution. From there, place a white terry cloth towel over the solution and run over the towel with a hot iron -- this will help transfer much of the stain to the towel.
The trick: Make a DIY ice pop holder. "Parents can help their kids cut a hole in the bottom of a cupcake wrapper and place the wrapper around the base of the ice pop stick," said Johnson. "This will catch all of the drips and drops and keep kids? hands (and moms? floors) from getting sticky."
Rainy-day glitter projects
The solution: Cleaning up glitter can be a nightmare, but Johnson suggested spreading paper or plastic over the table before starting any craft projects -- most of the glittery residue should stay on the paper, but prepare for some spillover.
The trick: Make lint rollers with the kids so they can own the cleanup responsibility, she said. "Help them create a loop of tape, sticky side up, that fits loosely around their fingers or hands so they can tap the sparkly surfaces and capture any glitter that got left behind."
Sandy shoes and more
The solution: One fun way to entertain the family during the long summer days is to plan a day at the beach, said Johnson. "However, before leaving the beach, make sure to use a towel to dust as much sand off the kids? feet as possible, to avoid tracking the sand inside." She also recommends keeping a bottle of baby powder nearby. "The baby powder helps remove moisture from the skin, making it easier to wipe the sand off before it gets into the house," she said.
The trick: Before entering the house, Johnson encourages kids to do a little dance on a door mat with bare feet -- taking four or five steps on the mat will transfer the sandy soil from their feet to the mat, instead of from their feet to the floor. "This will keep debris out of the house and help prevent any scratching of the floor," she said.
Water, water everywhere
The solution: Water activities lead to wet swim suits and soggy towels that can leave marks and water stains throughout the house. Once the kids are done playing in the water, Johnson recommends parents entertain the kids outside for five to ten minutes before heading back into the house, allowing enough time for swim suits to dry.
The trick: "To make it easier for the kids to help prevent any slippery messes, try setting up a towel tree by the pool or placing a laundry line in the bathroom," she said. "This way kids can hang their swimsuits and towels to dry completely."