Glitzy glitter is festive and fun, but man does it have some serious staying power. It rubs off wrapping paper and onto your skin, falls from lovingly made craft projects and clings to your carpets, and makes itself at home wherever it lands. So, you have two choices: lean into the glitter and celebrate that everything in your life from here on out is going to be sparkly, or discover easy ways to remove it from any surface.
The choice is entirely yours, and if you’re in the all glitter all the time group, then congrats on your sparkling future! If, however, you’re feeling a bit more judicious about glitter and only want it where it rightfully belongs, you’ll need some tips. Thankfully, there are a few tricks professionals use to clean up glitter in a flash.
How to Clean Up Glitter on Hard Surfaces
Glitter crafts are fun; clean up not so much. That cute, shimmery sign your little glitter bug just created can quickly turn into an explosion of glitter that goes everywhere your kiddo travels in your home. Now you have glitter covering not only your child, but also your floors, counters, sinks, and even the tub. It’s time to take action before the glitter has spread so far and wide that you might as well just repaint everything. But, before you get started, grab your supplies.
- Vacuum with attachment
- Paper towel
- Masking tape
With supplies in hand, it’s time for a glitter smackdown. Crisis averted.
- Wet down a paper towel and scoop the glitter into a pile.
- Suck the pile up with the vacuum hose attachment. (Don’t use the brush attachment because that will create even more glitter madness.)
- Get a clean, wet paper towel and wipe away the remaining glitter.
Sometimes the paper towel trick is just the start. If glitter has already gotten into the cracks and crevices, you’re going to need to go a step further. All you’ll need is some Play-Doh.
- Break the Play-Doh into pieces.
- Smush the Play-Doh down onto the glitter. Pay special attention to cracks and corners. It will pick up the glitter.
- Use a different piece of the Play-Doh for each section of glitter you need to pick up.
- Congrats! You’ve made glitter Play-Doh, which kids love. Store it in the container and let your kids play with it.
If you don’t have Play-Doh, it’s okay! You can also harness the science of static electricity and use an inflated balloon to pick up the glitter.
- Rub the inflated balloon on your head, your kid’s head, or even your dog’s head to create a little static.
- Roll it over the glitter.
- Dispose of the balloon in a way that it won’t continue to spread glitter around your house (deflate it, wrap it in something, and throw it away).
Okay, so you had a balloon, but the dog popped it when you tried to rub it on them. It happens, but you’re still in the game! Masking tape can also get things cleaned up in a pinch.
- Roll masking tape around your fingers with the sticky side out.
- Tap all those glitter messes.
- Discard the masking tape.
How to Get Glitter Out of Clothes and Fabric
Did your princess get glitter all over her new shirt? Of course she did. Rather than just throwing it in the washer and making your machine a mess, pre-treat it first. To get the glitter out of washable fabrics like pillows, clothes, coats, etc., all you need is a little hairspray.
- Lay the washable fabric on a towel. (You can shake it out outside, but don’t do it in or near the house. Go far away. Far, far away.)
- Spray the hairspray all over the glitter. (Make sure to cover every single flake.)
- Allow it to dry.
- Wash the garment by itself in the machine.
- Repeat the wash as necessary.
How to Get Glitter Out of Rugs, Carpet & Upholstery Fast
Washable fabrics are one thing, but your carpet? You can’t really throw that in the wash or take it outside and shake it off. But you don’t need to settle for a sparkly new flooring look; you can still remove it. Get started by gathering the materials you need.
- Paper towel
- Masking tape or lint roller
Now it’s time to get to work.
- Vacuum up as much glitter as you can. (Use the hose extension to avoid getting glitter all up in your rollers and undercarriage.)
- Wet down a paper towel.
- Rub it over the area until you’ve gotten up as much glitter as you can.
- Use the lint roller or masking tape and tap the area with the sticky side to remove any glitter that remains.
- Dispose of the tape or lint roller sheet.
On upholstery, you might want to skip the wet paper towel altogether and go straight to the lint roller or masking tape.
How to Remove Glitter From Washer & Dryer
That glittery new shirt you bought was rocking it at the club, but now your washer looks like a disco ball. That is not optimal, but there are a few glitter removing techniques you can try to clean the washer or dryer. First, grab what you need.
- Paper towel
- Microfiber cloth
- Vacuum with attachment
If you don’t want to deal with glitter in your microfiber cloth, you can just use a paper towel, but the microfiber cloth gives it a good first clean.
- Wet down a microfiber cloth and wipe out the whole drum and seal.
- Wet a paper towel and try to collect any remaining glitter.
- Use Play-Doh around the seal to pull out any stubborn bits.
- For the washer, run an empty cycle or two to rinse away any glitter that remains.
If this method fails, use the vacuum with attachment to try to suck up any remaining sparkles. You’ll need to let the washer dry out for a few days before trying this method.
Remove Glitter From Vacuum and Attachments
Your vacuum got a workout cleaning up after your craft project. Thankfully, you got a few Insta-worthy pictures out of your glitter disaster. Now it’s time to clean the vacuum so it doesn’t become the agent of glitter spread in your home. A few simple materials make it easy.
- Masking tape
- Microfiber cloth or paper towel
Glittery vacuums are pretty but not functional. It’s time to make your vacuum less than fabulous.
- Pull off the hose attachment and wipe it out with a wet paper towel or microfiber cloth.
- Set it aside to dry.
- For a bagless vacuum, pull off the canister.
- Wipe the entire thing out with a wet paper towel.
- Dry it out with the microfiber cloth.
- Use masking tape around your fingers to get rid of any remaining particles on your canister or attachment.
Clean Up Glitter on Skin
Did you try a new glitter trend from TikTok? It looked fabulous for the video, but you’ve got glitter in places it doesn’t belong. If you are having a hard time removing glitter from your face and hands, a few simple household items will help.
You’ve washed and scrubbed, but somehow the glitter is still there. Don’t worry – this won’t be your forever look.
- Rub lotion or conditioner over the glitter.
- Use a washcloth or disposable cotton pads to wipe it away.
- Repeat until you are glitter free.
Easy Way to Remove Glitter From Hair
Glitter can get everywhere – it’s the magic of glitter. And while you might enjoy rocking that glittery hair look, after a few days, it can get real old. Fortunately, all you’ll need is some food-grade oil such as coconut oil or olive oil. Not only will this make your glitter go away, but it’ll leave your hair super soft.
- Use a dab of warm oil and work it into your scalp.
- Give your scalp a nice massage.
- Leave it on for 10 minutes, maybe chill out with a face mask while you wait.
- Rinse well.
- Shampoo as normal.
You can also try this using conditioner in place of oil, but you might still have a few sparkles remaining.
How to Remove Glitter From Makeup Brushes
The glitter didn’t just magically appear on your face. You used your brushes to apply it, so you don’t want to forget about them when it comes time for cleaning. You’ll need some rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball. Cleaning glitter off your makeup brushes is super simple.
- Wet a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol.
- Rub your brush over it until all the glitter is gone. This may take a while, and you may need to go through a few cotton balls depending on how much glitter is on your brushes.
- Dry completely and enjoy your “sparkling” clean brushes.
Remove Glitter From Everything
Glitter mania is no longer a problem in your home. With a quick reaction and a paper towel, you can alleviate most of your problem areas. However, you might also want to consider putting down old sheets or throw-away paper towels when diving into the world of glitter. They can save you a headache later.
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