8 Annoying Halloween Messes & How to Clean Them

boy with candy halloweenKids look forward to Halloween all year. But if you're not careful, you can end up with a sticky mess that lasts long after the holiday is over. Carolyn Childers, chief home officer for home services provider Handy.com, offers helpful remedies for making Halloween candy spills and stickiness less scary.


Let's look at some of this candy-centric holiday's biggest offenders. 

Gum: Gum is a big seller during Halloween and may get on your carpet, Childers notes. "If this happens, apply ice on the area to harden the gum. Once it's hardened, use a knife to scrap off the gum. Rub the area with warm water and soap, in a circular motion. Finally cover the area with a white towel or rag to soak up the remaining liquid," she advises.

Pumpkin: All parents know pumpkin carving can be very messy, and those orange innards and seeds can cause stains. If you find yourself with a jack-o'-lantern-related problem, apply a white distilled vinegar on the stain and sprinkle a little bit of baking soda to prevent an odor, Childers recommends. Wait a couple hours and then vacuum the spot. 

Chocolate: "Chocolate stains are bound to happen on Halloween," Childers notes. "Apply an ice cube on the spot until the chocolate hardens and use a butter knife to scrape off the chocolate. Dab the stain with a white cloth to help remove residue. Rub the stain using a shoe brush or nail brush and ivory soap. Make sure to start from the outside and work your way in. Finally, use rubbing alcohol to remove the remaining oil spot." 

Glitter and Confetti: Glitter and confetti from costumes and decorations can be very annoying and tedious to clean, Childers acknowledges. A vacuum may seem like the obvious choice to tidy up the area, but you can also use a toothbrush or shoe polish brush to pick up the tougher spots. 

Candle Wax: Before removing any candle wax from the carpet, make sure it is cooled off, advises Childers. "Once the wax has hardened, used a dull knife to break up the wax. Use a paper towel or rag to cover the remaining bits and press a warm iron to the area. You should frequently replace the towel to prevent the wax from spreading," she recommends.

Marshmallows on Clothing: "Let the item sit for 5-10 minutes in a gallon of warm water, with a few tablespoons of detergent mixed in. Wash the item in hottest water recommended on the care label and let it air dry. Repeat the process if the stain continues to be on there," Childers notes.

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Lollipops from Carpets: Childers suggests these easy steps for removing lollipops from carpets. (We bet this would work on car upholstery as well!) Apply water on the stain to help loosen the stickiness. Use a dull knife to scrape off the lollipop pieces. In a container, combine some liquid dish soap and water, and use a paper towel to apply the liquid on the stain. Press the soapy towel on the carpet with a firm pressure for 20-30 seconds. Let the spot dry for 15 minutes. Use another paper towel to dry the area. Combine white vinegar and water in a small container and apply with a paper towel on the area for 20 seconds. Remove the cloth and let the area dry for 20 minutes and use another paper towel to help dry the spot.

Food Dye: "This should be done as soon as possible to prevent stains," Childers says. "Rinse the area with cold water and soak overnight in water and detergent. Wash the article of clothes in the setting recommended on the care label. For white clothing, you can also use a color-removing product to help remove the stain."

Getting rid of candy messes quickly and efficiently will make your holiday that much sweeter for everyone!


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