Everyone who has children knows that a clean child is a utopia. And if some porridge from a bib or T-shirt can be washed off without problems, then heavy artillery in the form of slimes or felt-tip pens requires a special approach. How to quickly, safely and most importantly effectively wash not only children, but also all surfaces in the house? We found some proven life hacks and tips.


Children love to draw with any paints, especially watercolor and gouache. Not surprisingly, the entire space around the kids is painted in all the colors of the rainbow. The advantage is that the paints used for children’s creativity are usually washed off quite simply, even oil ones.

How to get rid of:

  1. From children’s skin, watercolor and gouache are washed off with ordinary warm running water. It happens that some types of paint (brighter, neon shades) tint, that is, they eat into and leave a small amount of pigment on the skin. Such traces are easily washed off with soap, micellar water or makeup remover.
  2. Gouache, watercolor and tempera can also be easily washed from clothes: with ordinary powder in a washing machine. If the paints are very dry and left marks on things, then before washing it is recommended to pre-wash the stains with dishwashing detergent or laundry soap, and then leave for a few minutes. But oil paint is removed from clothes with oil. It is necessary to moisten a cotton pad in it and remove the pigment. Of course, after this, a greasy stain will remain on the clothes, but it can be removed immediately with dishwashing detergent, salt, acetone, or a standard stain remover.
  3. From surfaces (wallpaper, upholstered furniture, carpets), the paint is washed off with warm water or laundry soap. More serious contamination (for example, from tempera or gouache) is removed by blotting with a cotton swab with a solvent.

Slimes and chewing gum

Slimes are the curse of modern moms and dads. Children not only buy these sticky slippery toys, but also willingly make them at home. It is not surprising that after such experiments it is completely incomprehensible how to remove a fluid slime from things, hands, or furniture. However, this can still be done, despite the complexity and laboriousness of the process. By the way, you can get rid of chewing gum according to the same principle.

How to get rid of:

  1. If the slime paints the hands, walls and leaves behind a colored pigment everywhere, then you can try to wash it off with warm soapy water. This is if the slime contains food coloring. If more complex and corrosive paints were used (for example, acrylic), then the pigment can be washed off with ammonia or hydrogen peroxide — only carefully so as not to overdry the baby’s skin.
  2. Slime or chewing gum can be removed from clothes by freezing: the slime freezes — it remains only to scrape it off with a knife or simply remove it. Slime stains from clothes are removed with laundry soap, alcohol, peroxide, dishwashing detergent or acetone. After all the manipulations, carefully wash the item in the machine. Slime also dissolves vinegar well, but pour it on the stain very carefully.
  3. Slime stains on furniture and walls can be removed with a mixture of sea salt, lemon juice and ammonia. Light dirt can be removed with dishwashing detergent and hot water.

A pen

Ink marks on wallpaper or clothes are considered to be among the most difficult. Children often create their art with ballpoint or gel pens. There is one rule here: since the ink is very corrosive, you do not need to smear it with napkins, trying to wipe it off.

How to get rid of:

  1. The ink is washed off the skin with a washcloth and soap, but you can use a mild makeup remover so as not to scratch the child (for example, cream or milk).
  2. Ink is well rubbed off furniture with nail polish remover, acetone, and detergent. Wood surfaces can be cleaned of ink with dry soda, salt, a melamine sponge and an eraser. A metal washcloth will help get rid of deep ink stains. The handle is perfectly removed from plastic surfaces by any alcohol-containing products (vodka, toilet water, lotions, hairspray).
  3. Hydrogen peroxide, as well as a mixture of vinegar with a couple of potassium permanganate crystals, will cope with small ink marks on the wallpaper. You don’t need much: the solution should simply be applied to a cotton swab, gently wipe off the traces of the pen with it and, if necessary, remove pinkish stains with hydrogen peroxide.
  4. Ink stains on clothes can be blotted with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol or acetone. If the stain is fresh, then it can be sprinkled with salt, left to dry, and then washed in the usual way.

felt-tip pens

If a child likes to draw, then the felt-tip pens in the house are almost never translated. They are brighter than pencils and paints, which is why children love to draw with them. However, the «felt pen» composition is very caustic: drawings are easily transferred to clothes, walls and children’s skin, but it is incredibly difficult to wash them off. But we will show you a few ways.

How to get rid of:

  1. Micellar water or any other make-up remover (milk, lotion) will help remove the felt-tip pen from the skin. Also, with a good felt-tip pen, wipe baby wipes with glycerin in the composition or a greasy cream applied to a cotton pad.
  2. You can remove the felt-tip pen from washable wallpaper using alcohol or alcohol-containing substances (various lotions, hairspray, disinfectants). Micellar water, acetone or nail polish remover will also work. Durable wallpaper (not necessarily washable) can be tried with toothpaste or washing gel, but carefully so as not to damage the coating. From wooden surfaces and laminate, the felt-tip pen is easily removed with melamine sponges or even erasers.
  3. Felt pens and markers can be removed from clothes by first soaking things in soapy water. If the spots are deep and old, then a mixture of ammonia and water (in a ratio of 2: 1) will help. Marker stains from white clothes are well removed with hydrogen peroxide and stain remover.


Painted wallpaper is also not a reason to go to the hardware store for repair supplies. Pencils do not leave marks on the skin, and they can be removed from surfaces in simple ways.

How to get rid of:

  1. The pencil is rubbed off the wallpaper with an ordinary eraser. You can also use baking soda applied to a damp cloth, toothpaste, or shaving foam. If the wallpaper is loose, then rub gently, without brushes and abrasive sponges — just with a cloth.
  2. Pencil marks can be removed from clothing with vinegar. Vinegar should be spread over the stain, left for a short time, and then the clothes should be washed in the usual way with the powder.
  3. The pencil is easily removed from wooden and plastic surfaces with alcohol-containing products, abrasive substances (for example, Pemolux, soda, tooth powder) or a melamine sponge.


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