Halloween brings many fun memories and excitement, especially for the kids. Who wouldn’t want to see their kid dressed as Spider-man, swinging through the neighborhood to save all the chocolate, sticky lollipops, and gooey caramels in distress? The excitement abounds whether your kid dresses as Chucky, a Twitter meme, a pirate, or chooses a Stranger Things costume.
However, all that make-believe means parents have to spend the next few days figuring out how to clean Halloween costumes and store them. As a parent, you could easily dress up as a witch for Halloween, but that won’t give you any powers to make the monumental mess you’ll have to deal with the day after disappear. The entire house is likely to be covered in skeletons, lights, chocolate, grease, fake blood, and all sorts of spooky decorations. There are proven ways to easily clean up your house after Halloween and even save the decoration and costumes for the coming years.
To be prepared for all the worst cases that Halloween can spring up on you, you have to make sure that you have oxygen bleach, vinegar, dish soap, rubbing alcohol, and stain remover. These will help disinfect costumes and get stubborn stains out in the most conservative ways possible. It is also crucial to follow the costume’s washing instructions if made available by the manufacturer. Now let us look at easy ways to get stains out of Halloween costumes using routine methods.
If you can bleach the costumes without ruining them, soak them in oxygen bleach instead of hydrogen peroxide and dish soap solution.
The makeup for Halloween is usually messier than regular makeup. They can equally be a headache to clean out of costumes. Here is how to win with your trusty rubbing alcohol:
These can be washed with cold water and shampoo and allowed to air-dry. You can do this after spot-cleaning any tough stain on the item.
You can clean these by gently rubbing a damp soapy washcloth on them. Pay special attention to the eye and mouth openings on the masks as sweat and saliva collect in those areas. Clean again with nothing but warm water, then use a clean cloth to dry. You can then sprinkle some cornstarch in the interior to prevent the mask or glove from sticking to itself.
Clean your ornaments with a clean hand towel to get rid of dust, soot, and grime. You can also use a damp cloth to thoroughly wipe off hot sauce or the vinegar you used as pest deterrents.
It would be best to treat your scary props nicely so they can still appear scary by next Halloween. First, scrape off any obvious dirt, spot-treat these stains, and then wipe them down using damp towels.
It is essential to check your inflatable ghosts and pumpkins for holes or tears before deflating them; otherwise, those holes will haunt you come next October. After deflating, you can patch the tears with a needle and thread, then wipe them clean with a damp towel before you store them away.
Now that you have cleaned your costumes and decorations, it’s best to store them in excellent condition to ensure they are fit to be reused next year. Here are some storage tips:
Ensure that your costumes are completely dry after all the cleaning before proceeding to the store. This is so your child’s Spiderman costume won’t be taken over by the evil Mold-man.
Check that the storage bags are free of dust and grime before storing. Do not stuff too many costumes in one garment bag. Also, if you’re using boxes, carefully fold and use tissue paper to separate each outfit.
Take the extra pain to ensure that the caps and lids of the makeup containers are sealed shut. This will protect them and every other item around them from damage if they fall over.
The witches’ hats are pointy, but if they lose their shape, it becomes pointless to be used as a witch’s hat. Use old newspapers and bubble wrap to stuff Halloween hats to keep their shape.
Organizing your decorations can involve labeling them, then making a list of where you store them. This will aid in easy recovery when next those items are needed.
Resealable plastic bags can offer protection from mold, moisture, and pests, while bubble wraps can prevent fragile items like dolls and glass jars from breaking.
One of the most innovative ways to store string lights is to coil them around a hanger, cardboard, or aluminum can. This will keep them tangle-free for as long as they are stored.
Have you found these tips helpful? We know they can help you find your way around the dreaded post-Halloween organization. Alternatively, you can delegate this stressful organization process to a cleaning agency who have mastered these tips and can prepare you for the next Halloween without scary prices. Contact Clean Tu Casa today to get all your home organization services done for you.