You’ll definitely face one of these emergencies as a Mum. But don’t sweat it. We’ve got you covered…
Admit it, Mum: You’ve had moments where you exhaled a sigh of relief at the peace and quiet in your house, only to realise that there’s too much peace and quiet in the house. Meaning your kids are up to no good. (That table moved to a new spot in the playroom? Yeah, it’s covering up a juice stain on the rug.)
The good news is, whether it's gum in the hair or a toy flushed down the toilet, most kid-created mama emergencies can be fixed with some creative household solutions and a little elbow grease -all while Junior is in a very long time-out. Here's your mum survival guide:
Emergency 1: A toy got flushed down the toilet
The odds of your child flushing a toy down the toilet at least once are pretty much set at 100 percent. And the odds that you're going to have to go in after that toy? Just as high.
Fast fix: If plunging the toilet failed, get the rubber gloves, because this job will get dirty. Before hiring a plumber, hit the hardware store and buy a closet auger, a plumbing tool used to clear toilet clogs. Place the auger in the toilet and turn the crank. "The auger can shove the blockage forward into the drain system," according to Home Improvement 1-2-3. "If the auger catches on the object, continue turning the crank as you pull out the cable until you can retrieve the object." Didn't work? Go ahead and call that plumber
Emergency 2: A crayon went through the clothes dryer
You almost always check the kids' pockets before tossing them in the wash, but it figures that on the one occasion you forgot, they stuck crayons in there.
Fast fix: Running crayons through the washing machine isn't a big deal, but once they begin to melt in the heat of dryer? Trust us: A dryer drum covered in crayon is not what you want. To clean it, GE advises that you wash and thoroughly rinse the stained spot or spots using a mild soap and water solution (use a non-abrasive cleaner), dry with a soft towel and then toss in a bunch of wet rags or old towels and tumble dry for 20 to 30 minutes.
As for getting crayon out of clothes, Crayola advises placing the stained surface down on a pad of paper towels and spraying with WD-40®. Let stand a few minutes, turn fabric over and spray the other side. Apply liquid dish soap and work into the stained area, replacing toweling as it absorbs the stain. Wash the garment in hot water with laundry detergent and a color-safe bleach (such as Clorox 2® or OxiClean powder) for 12 minutes; then rinse in warm water.
That "Who can blow the biggest bubble?" contest your girls had has you wishing you could retroactively institute a "no gum chewing" rule. Now how to get it out of those curls?
Fast fix: First, try to freeze the gum with an ice cube -- it'll make it easier to remove. Then head to the kitchen: Cozy Friedman, author of Cozy's Complete Guide to Girls' Hair and owner of Cozy's Cuts for Kids Salons in New York, recommends using smooth peanut butter to get the gum out. Put a generous amount of peanut butter on the gum and surrounding hair and slowly work the peanut butter into the gum -- and then the gum out of the hair. The reason it works: the high oil content helps to dissolve the sticky stuff.
Emergency 4: A nappy went through the washing machine
When you have a baby, it's inevitable that a disposable diaper will find its way into your laundry basket -- and, eventually, into the wash. That gel is messy, but the good news is it's not too hard to clean up.