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27 Household Cleaning Tricks Every Parent Should Know

Living with kids is dirty business.

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6. Baking soda is your friend when your kid throws up on something in the house.

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Once you've cleaned up the puke as much as possible pour a heaping helping of baking soda onto what's left. It will form into powdered clumps, which you can later vacuum up. You'll be amazed with how good the area looks and smells!

9. If your kid spills Kool-Aid onto your beautiful white carpet, you can get it up using dish soap, vinegar, and salt.

12. Whip up a batch of "doll hairspray" (fabric softener and water) to detangle doll hair.

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13. Get rid of pit stains on your teenager's T-shirts by wetting the area with lemon juice, adding a tablespoon of salt, then rubbing the fabric between your fingers.

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Letting the T-shirt dry out in the sun will help the stain disappear even more.

15. Keep your kids from making a mess all over the house with this clean-up hack.

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Tell your kid they can only bring as many toys out of their room as they can carry in a pillow case. Then, when they're done playing, they can take the toys back in the pillow case. Learn more here.

21. Some toys — especially stuffed animals — are hard to clean without ruining, but it is possible to give them a gentle surface cleaning with dish detergent, water, and paper towels.

23. If your kid gets gum on their cotton clothes you can get it off by putting the clothes in the freezer.

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This hardens the gum and makes it lose its sticky adhesiveness. Learn more here.