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Have A Carpet Catastrophe While You're Babysitting? 3 Easy Ways To Clean The Stains

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Babysitting is a lot of responsibility. Not only do you have to make sure the kids stay safe, you also have to make sure that they don't tear up the house. Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, little kids can still find a way to make messes. If the little ones you're babysitting just made a mess on the carpeting, you're going to want to hide the evidence. Here are a few quick tricks for cleaning up some of the most common messes kids leave behind.

Red Juice Spills

If the kids spilled red juice, you're going to need to act fast. Grab the following items and get to work.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • Laundry detergent
  • Lemon juice
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Paper towels
  • Clean towel


  1. Fill your spray bottle with water.
  2. Add 2 teaspoons each of laundry detergent, vinegar and lemon juice.
  3. Blot the spill with paper towels to remove as much of the juice as possible.
  4. Spray the spill with your cleaning solution and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes.
  5. Blot the area with your clean cloth.
  6. Repeat the process if necessary.

Tracked-In Mud

If you can get to the mud before it gets a chance to dry, you can avoid stains. Here's an easy way to clean mud off the carpets.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Bucket of water
  • Grease-cutting dish detergent
  • Spray bottle
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Damp cloth


  1. Place 1 gallon of water into a bucket.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of grease-cutting dish detergent.
  3. Dip your cloth in the cleaning solution and blot the mud with the cloth.
  4. Continue blotting until the mud is removed.
  5. Fill your spray bottle with water and add ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide.
  6. Spray the area with the hydrogen peroxide solution and allow it to sit for several minutes.
  7. Blot the area with a clean cloth.
  8. Repeat if necessary.

Permanent Marker Marks

Kids love to color. However, coloring with permanent markers can destroy the carpet. Don't panic! There is a way to remove permanent marker from carpeting.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Hair spray
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Clean cloth


  1. Spray the stain with a generous amount of hairspray.
  2. Use your clean cloth to blot the area.
  3. Continue blotting until most of the stain is gone.
  4. Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto the remaining stain.
  5. Use your fingers to gently work the alcohol into the carpet.
  6. Blot the area with a clean cloth until the stain is gone.

If the kids you're babysitting make a mess on the carpeting, don't panic. Use this simple guide to clean up the stains so you can get back to the kids. For more information, contact a company like A One- Steamagic, Carpet and Furniture Cleaning.