How to clean up the mess after arts and crafts

Find Stain Removers techniques, tips, and solutions by category to help remove some of the most common stains from the official Ariel website.

Quick fixes for clothing stains commonly caused by craft time.

Your pint-size Picasso forgot to wear an apron at preschool today, and now her favourite daisy dress has some colourful new blooms on it. Follow these steps to help remove those paint stains and return the dress and any other craft-table casualties to their former glory.

Power through paint stains.

Get started by flaking off any dried paint and rinsing the garment in cold water to dilute the paint stains. Then fill a sink or a plastic bucket with three litres of water and half a cap of Ariel Powder. Mix the solution by hand and soak the garment for half an hour. If the garment keeps floating to the surface, weigh it down with a white towel.

Afterwards, gently wring out any excess water before adding to your wash. Wash in warm water with Ariel All-in-1 PODS Washing Tablets, which will help optimise the removal of those pesky paint stains.

Tackle gluey situations.

Brush off any dried glue residue, or dab the spot with clear tape to remove leftover pieces. Rinse fabric with cold water to dilute any remaining glue, then wash in warm water using your favourite Ariel Original Washing Liquid.

Make magic markers disappear—really! 

Pour Ariel Original Liquid Detergent onto the stain, either from the bottle or the cap. Then use the pre-treat cap to spread the liquid over the stain evenly. The flexible fins of the cap will help spread the detergent deep into the garment’s fibres.

Then wash the garment as usual with similar items, always making sure to check the garment’s washing care label symbols.

Deconstruct modelling clay.

Once the gooey material is completely dry to the touch, gently brush or flake off any debris. Using a plastic bucket, create a soak solution by adding 2 tablespoons of Ariel Colour & Style Washing Liquid with colour-safe bleach for every three litres of cold water. Allow the garment to soak for up to 30 minutes, weighting the item with a white towel to keep it totally submerged, before washing in warm water.

Bye-bye crayon marks.

With a blunt knife, scrape off any excess wax and brush the residue from the garment. Sandwich the stain facedown between several layers of paper towel, then press with a warm (but not hot) iron to transfer the stain to the paper towels. Keep changing paper towels until no more stain lifts away from the fabric. Pre-treat any remaining marks with Ariel Original Washing Liquid, use the pre-treat cap for direct application on stains, and let sit for 20 minutes before washing in warm water.