Growing up, I heard the saying “All that glitters is not gold” a lot. The point that the adults in my life were trying to tell me was that just because something appears to be good, doesn’t mean that it is. As an adult, I have found this to be true with people, possessions, and glitter itself. Although glitter is used on Christmas ornaments, Christmas cards, women’s cosmetics, and most of our son’s art projects, make no mistake, glitter is the devil. At first glance, glitter seems to be harmless, but like a demon, once you let it in your house, it is hard to get rid of.
Why I don’t like glitter
The first time my son brought home an art project covered with glitter, my wife and I proudly displayed it on the wall near our refrigerator. Over the course of the week, our pride turned to disgust. Glitter had worn off the art project and was magically placed throughout our main level. It ended up on our floors, clothes, furniture, our skin, and even our car seats.
No matter how hard my wife and I tried to clean-up the glitter, there was always more lurking around the house. Glitter is the only inanimate object I know of that can multiply.
How to exorcise the
If you currently have glitter running rampant in your house, below are a few ways that you can start to exorcise that demon.
How to remove glitter
Skin and Hair
Besides taking a shower and scrubbing profusely, you can also use coconut oil to help remove the unwanted pest from your skin. For your hair, it is recommended that you use olive oil, as you would shampoo. Scrub in the olive oil, let it sit for 10 minutes, and then rise it out.
Vacuum, vacuum, and then when you are done, vacuum some more. Try to vacuum in multiple directions to catch glitter that may be hiding deep within your carpet. If there is still some glitter in your carpet, you can wrap masking tape around your fingers and press your hand firmly against your carpet.
Use a lint brush or masking tape to get small amounts of glitter off clothing. If this doesn’t do the trick, grab a can of aerosol hairspray and thoroughly spray your glitter covered clothing. Once the hairspray has dried, wash the clothing. Note: wash your glitter covered clothing separate from your other clothes. Mixing other clothes in your washer will only spread the glitter to other articles of clothing. Once your clothes have been washed, check your washer for possible glitter residue. Use a damp cloth to remove the unwanted glitter from your washer.
How to prevent glitter disasters in your own home
There are two ways to prevent glitter disasters from happening in your own home
Never buy anything with glitter, never come in contact with glitter, and live in a bubble your entire life.
If option 1 is not possible for you, try giving option 2 a try. Limit the items that contain glitter in your house. With kids artwork, you can use 3M Super 77 Multipurpose Adhesive as a glue and sealer. Note: the thicker you apply glitter to an object, the higher risk you run of inviting that demon to multiply.
Maybe you’re reading this article and want to play devil’s advocate. Fine, in that case, give the gift that keeps on giving; no, not the jelly of the month club – glitter! The next time you are invited to a kid’s birthday party, family Christmas, or housewarming party bring one of these gifts and see how many friends talk to you one week later.
- Glitter Sequins Throw Pillow – Every house needs a pop of color
- Glitter Cardstock Paper – So you can make a personal card for that special occasion
- 24 Pack of Glitter – Because you need to decorate that card
- Glitter Sequined Blouse – Because you have to look good at the party
- Glitter Gift Bags – You need something to put your gift in
Whether you love or hate glitter, tell me your story regarding glitter. Or, if you have an effective way to clean-up a glitter mess, leave a comment in the section below.