Summer is finally here, schools are out and kids are in full vacation mode! While it’s awesome to have the kids at home, summer vacation means moms pull double duty when it comes to cleaning up after the kids. This year, Merry Maids, the expert in home cleaning, is empowering moms to enjoy a summer of “Mom-Cation” moments – the moments when moms get a little help tackling the notorious summer messes and the kids take some of the clean-up duty off moms’ shoulders.
Debra Johnson, Merry Maids home cleaning expert, has identified the top five kid-made messes and provided simple solutions for moms and kids to conquer the sandiest and stickiest messes – all while getting kids involved in the process.
So beginning today and over the next two weeks I have partnered with Merry Maids to share these 5 simple solutions for moms and kids to conquer the sandiest and stickiest messes
Beginning with #1 and #2 get ready it’s Summer fun with your kids…oh yes they makes messes.
1) The Ice Pop Drips
Ice pops are always a fan favorite once the weather warms up – but when the frozen treats start melting all over the carpet or furniture, they are not always a favorite to clean up. Johnson explains the best home remedy for removing an ice pop stain from upholstery or carpeting is to dampen the stained area with dish washing 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.
· Make It a “Mom-Cation” Moment: An easy way for kids to help keep their hands clean and the floors dry is to make a DIY ice pop holder. Johnson suggests parents 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 – use multi-colored or printed wrappers to make it fun and personal. This will catch all of the drips and drops and keep kids’ hands (and moms’ floors) from getting sticky.
2) Surviving Rainy Days with Glitter
On rainy summer days, keeping the kids entertained indoors is a survival coping skill, and many times, the best forms of entertainment involve glitter, glue, paint, and markers. A day of arts and crafts can be fun for the whole family, but leaves a lot to clean. Cleaning up glitter can be a nightmare, but Johnson has some simple steps to help contain the sparkly mess. She suggests spreading paper or plastic over the table before starting any craft projects – hopefully most of the glittery residue will stay on the paper, but prepare for some spillover.
· Make It a “Mom-Cation” Moment: Make DIY lint rollers with the kids so they can own the cleanup responsibility. 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.
Stop in next week when I share more Mom-Cation Tips from Merry Maids
Disclaimer: I have teamed up with Merry Maids in support of this campaign. We received compensation for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.