We're less than a week away from Easter and you know what that means! Eggs. Lots and lots of colorful, hand-decorated eggs.
The tradition of decorating eggs to celebrate the Easter holiday and represent new life in spring is one that most everyone in America is at least familiar with. We are equally familiar with the disastrous mess that results from egg decorating. A table covered in bowls of dye, crayons, and glitter is a happy sight for little ones, but all you can think of is trying to clean up the area before your guests arrive for Easter dinner. And that's the best-case scenario! One wrong slip of the hand and your floors will be covered in the sticky yellow innards of a would-be Easter egg.
With the possibility of a fallen egg on the horizon, we figured you might as well be prepared for the worst. Egg yolks are particularly difficult to clean once they're dry, so you have to act fast. Here's how you do that:
1) Head for the Kitchen
Scoop up as much of the mess as you can with kitchen utensils. Yes, we want you to reach for a spatula and sponge rather than a dustpan and broom. Why? Because they're easier to clean egg off of.
2) Salt or Soda?
Now it's time to determine what kind of power house you need to use to sop up what's left of the egg. For hard surfaces like tile, wood, and vinyl, pour salt over the spot to absorb the egg (bread will work in a pinch if you can't find salt). Let it sit for around 15 minutes, then wipe the rest of the goop away with a paper towel.
If you're cleaning a carpet, swap out salt for club soda. Douce the spot with the soda and then blot it with a sponge.
3) Wipe It Up and Sanitize
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Dampen a soft cloth or microfiber rag with warm water and wipe away all leftover residue. This should take care of everything so you don't have to worry about bacteria forming where the egg was. If, however, you want to make doubly sure that your floors are sanitized and clean enough to eat an Easter ham off of, then feel free to use a gentle cleaner on your floor to finish off.
Have fun decorating!