Solutions on the Fly


Baby Formula Flubs

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Baby formula seems harmless enough, but it can leave foul-smelling
stains that are next to impossible to remove. Use these tips to get
it out quick.

• Spills on Light Colors-For white items, moisten the
stained area with lemon juice and put it out in the sun, then wash
as usual. The lemon juice will bleach the stain.

• Clothing-Make a paste of meat tenderizer and water, and rub it
into the stain. Let it sit for an hour and then wash as usual. Meat
tenderizer breaks down the protein in formula.

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• Stain Preventer-Apply a Biz or Axion enzyme

Gruesome Gum Goofs

It’s not an exaggeration to say that gum can be a teacher’s worst
nightmare. Think gum in hair, gum on shoes, and gum on desks. Need
we say more?

• Hair and Clothing-Apply ice to the gum to harden it.
Then scrape it off with a dull knife or credit card.

• Carpet-Spray the gum with aerosol compressed air. This
will freeze the gum and make it brittle. Lightly rub the gum with a
credit card-it’ll break into small pieces. Vacuum up the pieces
before they thaw. (Don’t get the Freon refrigerant from the
compressed air on your skin.)

• Other Surfaces-Rub peanut butter into the gum and wipe
it up with a paper towel.

• Hard Surfaces-Pull the gum up with a piece of duct


Paint Pandemonium

Kids and teachers love paint-it’s a great creative tool. But it’s
an unmatched disaster when it lands on your floor.

• Fresh Spills-Soak up as much paint as possible with a
dry towel; don’t rub the spill-that will make it worse. Then pour a
large amount of Dawn dishwashing soap into a bucket and add a small
amount of water. Soak a clean towel in the soapy water and apply it
to the spill. Wring out the towel and repeat the process until the
paint is gone. Note: If you’ve got a large spill, don’t try to fix
it yourself. Call a carpet cleaner immediately.

• Dried Paint-Gojo hand cleaner will remove dried paint
from carpet ( Apply some to the spot and let
it sit for a few minutes. Then rub the stain with a clean, dry

• Carpet Stains-Apply dry-cleaning solution or acetone
nail polish remover to a clean cloth and then wipe the stain (test
nail polish remover on a hidden area first to ensure
colorfastness). Don’t pour the solutions onto the carpet or they’ll
dissolve the carpet adhesive.

Kristi Rector is copy editor for Children’s Ministry


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