The ABCs of Back-to-School Messes

kid in a stained shirt

The start of the school year usually means the beginning of a whole new variety of messes too. Here are some A+ ways to handle them with ease.


Kid mess: ink stains
Mom solution: hair spray

Sometimes it seems like kids get more ink on their clothes than their paper. The alcohol in hair spray neutralizes the pigment in ink stains so they disappear no problem. Just spray a bit of it on the stain and gently scrub before washing.

Kid mess: a neglected microwave
Mom solution: natural cleaner & microfiber dish cloth
It happens when the kids are in a hurry to heat up an after school snack or when they’re rushing to catch the bus. They take off, but the mess stays behind. This easy-to-make natural microwave cleaner does the trick in a hurry.

Kid mess: unidentified stains
Mom solution: hair spray
Let’s face it, kids get into everything and there are some stains even a professor can’t help you identify. Fortunately, this simple cleaner you can make at home takes care of a variety of messes. Mystery solved.

Kid mess: kitchen disasters 
Mom solution: a stash of essential cleaners
Growing minds need lots of food. Which also means lots of messes. Thankfully, this reliable line-up of must-have tools, sponges, brushes and clothes will have you ready to teach any spill or stain a lesson or two.

Kid mess: grease on new clothes
Mom solution: cornstarch
The kids are so excited to get their back to school clothes and so quick to spill something on them. No worries! As we all learned in science class, cornstarch is amazing at absorbing grease. Just rub some into the stain and let sit before laundering in hot water and detergent.


What are your best tricks for tackling messes like these?

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