Removing egg, toilet paper and spray string might sound scary if your home is a target for little devils on Halloween. Here in the northeast, we have the added pleasure of cleaning up after “Mischief Night” – October 30th, just before Halloween – a night devoted to pranks like toilet-papering trees, egging windows and other kid stuff. But don’t let tricksters take the treat out of being a homeowner. Here at Money Pit, we have a few tricks up our sleeves for cleaning up the mess of a good old-fashioned Halloween fest.
How to Remove Splattered Eggs
With eggs, quick action to remove the egg stain is key. Eggs can corrode a painted surface, particularly in warmer temperatures. Pick the egg shells out of the mess first, and then hose off the remainder.
For egg that’s really stuck, soak a paper towel in a 50/50 solution of warm water and vinegar. Let the soaked paper towel sit over the egged surface.
How to Remove Toilet Paper from Trees
TP should be removed before the next rain. Trust me, it’s a lot easier to deal with toilet paper when it’s still dry! To remove toilet paper from hard-to-reach places, adhere some duct tape to a broom handle for an instant toilet-paper removing tool.
How to Remove Smashed Pumpkin
Pumpkin guts on your sidewalk or driveway can be a slick, slippery mess. Hose down sidewalks and driveways before the pumpkin guts harden and make it even more difficult to clean them up. Remember to clean off your shaving creamed car and toilet papered tree as soon as possible. Otherwise, those Halloween pranks will be haunting your house for years to come.
How to Remove Shaving Cream from Cars
Don’t underestimate the impact of shaving cream – it can leave permanent marks on cars. The faster you clean shaving cream the better. A run through the car wash will remove most of it, but for any that stays behind, soak the surface with a warm water, and gently scrub with a terry cloth towel and dish soap.
How to Remove Silly (Spray) String
This stuff comes out of the can soft and pliable, but it hardens and sticks to painted surfaces, including your car. DO NOT ATTEMPT to pick it off with your fingernail! Your car paint may come off with the spray string. Instead, hose off as much as possible. For stubborn bits, use a cotton swab to lift them off.
With Mischief Night tips like these, you just might be inclined to toilet-paper a tree or two yourself. Enjoy!