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Scare away sugary stains with these Halloween clean-up hacks

Halloween is a fun time for all ages. Whether you’re taking your kids on their first trick or treating adventure, or you’re partying with your friend, you will probably be tempted by a sugary treat. These treats are delicious but, in the hustle and bustle of Halloween, it is common for these sweets to be dropped, squished, or stood on. In this article, we provide some quick and effective tips for removing sugary stains from your clothing, carpets, and furniture. 

Please note, whilst all these tips can remove stains, you should always consult your specific product information first to ensure the cleaning tips are appropriate and suitable. 


Freeze the stain with the ice cube trick

Firstly, you can try the ice cube trick. To do this, start by scraping off excess sugar from the affected area. For the sugar that is still stuck in the fabric, this can be removed by placing an ice cube on top of the stain to harden the sugar. Once harden, this can be carefully scraped off again. This process can be repeated until the sugar stain is removed. 

Dissolve the sugar with warm water and soap

Another method to remove sugar stains is to dissolve it. Create a mixture of warm water with a few drops of mild dish soap, not a harsh abrasive. With a clean cloth, dab the sugar stain with the solution until the area is clean.  

Neutralise the sugar with a vinegar solution

Get rid of the sugar stain by neutralising it. Start by creating a mixture of one part water and one part white vinegar. Apply this mixture to the stain and then dab it up using a clean cloth.  

Absorb the sugar with baking soda

You can use baking soda to absorb the stain. First, blot up the excess sugar with a clean cloth. Then sprinkle some baking soda to cover the stain. Leave for at least 30 minutes before vacuuming the area to clear up the baking soda and sugar. The baking soda can also neutralise the smell, so will help to remove any sticky, sugary smell from the stain. 

Break down the sugar with a hydrogen peroxide solution

For tougher sugar stains, you may need to break it down with hydrogen peroxide. As this is a harsher method, you must ensure any care instructions for this specific area is followed to prevent discolouration or damage to the fabric. Create a mixture of one part hydrogen peroxide and three parts water. Apply the solution to the stain, and then use a cloth and clean water to dab the stain away. 


With the right methods and acting quickly, you can stop sugar stains from haunting you and can continue to enjoy your Halloween treats! 

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