Dealing with common spills in the house

When you have a family, the age-old saying “don’t work with children or animals” springs to mind. Of course, we love them, but we certainly don’t love what they can do to our house. From spillages to crayon all over the wall, it’s clear to see why mums have made successful businesses from blogging about the, sometimes thankless, task of parenthood. To help alleviate some of the stress, we’ve taken a look at some of the common household spills we’re likely to endure and how to clean them.



Hands up who thinks the creators of Play School have clearly never had to endure the weeks, sometimes months, of finding glitter sparkles in unexpected areas of your home? I’m sure they have a Giggle and a Hoot (do you like what we did there) every time they create some wonderful, glitter fuelled craft item for us to create. But, you’re just about to have the last laugh, because cleaning it is easier than you think:


  • Clothes – All you need is a towel and some hairspray. Lay the giittery clothes on the towel, spray them with the hairspray and wait for it to dry. Then wash them in the washing machine (on their own).
  • Carpet, wooden flooring or furniture – if vacuuming or sweeping isn’t enough, simply wrap some sticky tape around your hand and use it to pat the glitter, picking all the stubborn bits up.

 Tomato sauce

It could be part of their spaghetti dinner, an exploded cherry tomato, or the topping on their sausage sizzle. Wherever it comes from, it’s a stain that will likely appear in your home more than once. Luckily there are ways to tackle it:

  • Clothes – Fresh tomatoes are actually easier to remove than people think. The sun’s UV rays break down the stain, so you could simply wash them and hang them in direct sunlight. Of course, if it’s pasta sauce or ketchup, these will be mixed with other things so will be more difficult; add a little dish detergent to the stain before washing.
  • Carpet or furniture – Scrape off any excess and then blot the stain using a damp sponge. Then use a dry cloth the blot it dry. If you can move it to direct sunlight, let the sun’s UV rays do the work. If not try rubbing a cut lemon or a little liquid dish detergent (it’s always best to check that this won’t ruin the fabric on an inconspicuous area first).



An unfortunate side effect to parenting is tiredness. In fact, one of the things you learn as a parent (especially with a baby), is how little sleep you can survive on. You also understand why sleep deprivation is a form of torture. So, the one thing most parents need is coffee. And coffee can make a pretty nasty stain. There are ways to deal with it though:

  • Clothes – Sponge the coffee thoroughly, then dunk it in a bucket of hot water (as hot as the fabric will tolerate). Leave it to soak for 30 mins and then wash as normal. Don’t tumble dry this one as this can sometimes set the stain. If you have milk in your coffee, try using an enzyme laundry detergent.
  • Carpet or furniture – As with anything, the quicker you act, the better chance of removing the stain. So, as soon as you spot a coffee stain appear, act like the nimble Ninja you are and attack it like no-one’s watching. Mix up a teaspoon of mild detergent with ½ litre of water, blot it directly onto the coffee stain, and then blot with a clean cloth to absorb the stain and liquid. If this doesn’t work, try using a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar.



Now, after your day of clearing up glitter, removing tomato sauce from your child’s white shirt, and your Ninja approach to coffee-stain removal, you may need to relax with a glass of grown-up juice. And we all know the nightmare of a red wine spill. But fear not, it can be dealt with and it can be cleaned up.

  • Clothes – Pour boiling water over the stain, the add some salt, baking powder, or an Oxi cleaner. Leave for 30 mins and then blot the stain (never rub). Wash as normal.
  • Carpet or furniture – Mix ½ teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with four cups of lukewarm water. Pour some solution onto the stain and gently work a sponge in a blotting motion. Always blot from the outside in to prevent further spreading.


Article provided by Spill Pro


Author: NBMs

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