Trick or Treat: Now Get That Chocolate Off My Couch

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Halloween is filled with all kinds of fun to be had by kids and kids at heart. The holiday party at school or the office, visiting the local haunted attraction, watching that cult classic scary movie, the children coming to the door petitioning for candy in their costumes that night… And thought you hate to admit, mimicking Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” moves when you hear the song. But after eating yourself into a candy coma, you have to deal with cleaning up from all the action. But don’t you fret, The Cleaning Girl, Inc. is here to help!!!

With the help of AllYou.com and Reader’s Digest, we have compiled some cleaning tips for coping with post Halloween clean up.

Read more: http://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/5-tips-for-removing-the-most-horrifying-halloween-stains/#ixzz3Hjm8M9ih

http://www.allyou.com/budget-home/organizing-cleaning/survive-halloween-messes

Sticky Candy
Mix 1 teaspoon of neutral detergent and 1 cup of lukewarm water. Blot the stain using this solution and a cloth. For melted candy, blot with a mixture of one-third vinegar and two-thirds water. Finish by blotting with water, then scrape off the candy.

 Gum
If it’s stuck in hair, rub strands with peanut butter until the gum gets out. If it’s stuck to clothing, press ice to the sticky area until it hardens, then scrape off.

Pumpkin
Before you start carving a jack-‘o-lantern lay down newspapers under the pumpkin for easy cleanup. Too late? Use a spoon to scrape off as much as possible, then scrub with a solution of dishwashing liquid and water.

Glitter
First, vacuum up any glitter you can. For the remnants, try rolling some Play-Doh over the mess to pick up sparkles.

Chocolate
Carefully scrape off as much of the chocolate as possible without grinding the stain deeper into the fabric. Apply stain remover and wash. Wash again if necessary with fabric- or color-safe bleach.

Hair gel and hair spray
That slicked back vampire ‘do stayed in place all night. Unfortunately, so did the sticky stain on your collar. Before washing, scrape away any remaining product, then spray on stain remover and wash in hot water.

Lipstick and oil-based Halloween makeup
Dab a small amount of makeup remover or rubbing alcohol on inside seam to test the fabric for color-safeness. If the color hasn’t changed after 10 minutes, use a washcloth to dampen the stain with remover or alcohol. Dab the stain with a dry paper towel until it no longer picks up any makeup. Treat with stain remover and wash in warm water. Re-treat and rewash if the stain remains.

Mischief Night: Are Your Ready For The Cleanup?

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We all know that Halloween is a time of treats, including free candy being given away by neighbors and awesome costume parties where you can see everything from a classic wicked witch to a dead or zombie version of some popular character or celebrity.

But we can’t forget the tricks that accompany this last day of October holiday. The pranks are endless, and are most rampant on the night before Halloween, appropriately named “Mischief Night”. We have determined the top 5 pranks that occur on mischief night and provide links to tips for the clean up after the fun has been had at your expense by those sneaky kids (and possibly adults).

 

1.) Removing eggs from a house or car

http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/improvement/outdoor-projects/how-to-clean-up-egg-vandalism

 

2.) Removing  soap smeared onto windows

http://www.ehow.com/how_5747569_remove-soap-scum-auto-glass.html

 

3.) Removing toilet paper tepees from trees

http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/repair-tips/egging-toilet-papering-how-clean-after-halloween-pranks/

 

4.) Removing silly string

http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Dried-Silly-String

 

**This last one is not clean up, but how to prevent those tricksters from destroying your beautiful Jack-O-Lantern**

5.) How to thwart a pumpkin smasher

http://www.ehow.com/how_8661637_stop-pumpkin-smashers.html

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