The only thing worse than making a mess is making a bigger mess while you’re trying to clean it up.
For example, your little one crushed Play-Doh in the carpet and in your effort to get it out you just spread it all over the place. Or you tried rubbing the wine on your couch and it only made the stain worse. BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Erin Phraner has stopped TODAY to make sure you’re actually cleaning up this and other common messes, instead of making them worse!
1. Save your wooden furniture from the pencils.
Error: Your child got artistic on the wooden table, covering it with pencil, and you grabbed a surface cleaner to remove it.
To fix: Mix dish detergent in lukewarm water, then use a sponge and work in circular motions across the surface of the wood. You may need to work on it a bit, so be patient. That works!
2. Save your Play-Doh rugs.
Error: Your child pushed Play-Doh into your mat and you tried to remove it with a damp cloth.
To fix: DO NOT use hot water or cleaning solutions of any kind. To remove Play-Doh from rugs or fabrics, allow it to dry completely, then loosen it with a stiff brush. It may be necessary to vacuum or also wash with mild soap and cold water. You may need to repeat the process in order to remove Play-Doh completely.
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3. Remove wine stains from your carpet.
Error: You spilled some wine on your couch and tried to wipe it off.
To fix: Dab or blot as much of the spilled wine as possible with a dry cloth. (DO NOT scrub!) Mix dish soap and hydrogen peroxide using a 1: 2 or 1: 3 ratio (peroxide soap) to make a cleaning solution. Dip a cloth in the solution and dab it on the fabric. Let sit for a while, then repeat adding more solution to the area until the stain dissolves. Blot the entire area with cold water so that there is no ring and pat dry.
4. Keep your shoes on.
Error: Cleaning dirty and water-stained boots at the END of winter.
To fix: Give them a quick tune once every two weeks using a banana peel. Like real skin, leather needs conditioning and protection. A build-up of water stains or dirt that hardens over time will cause real damage, affecting the texture, color and quality of the leather.
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5. Clean these glasses.
Error: Use glass or window cleaner on the lenses of your glasses.
To fix: Wash with dish soap under lukewarm running water. Harsh chemicals were not designed for use on eyeglasses and can destroy the protective coating on eyeglass lenses.