Thursday, August 4, 2011

Vaseline, You are a Slippery Vixen.

This is exactly what Lydia looks like.
You guys know by now that we are the worst parents ever and have no idea what we're doing?  Right? Good. We're all on the same page.

Last week we ran a post about what happens when kids draw on themselves with a sharpie and then you have a Scooby Doo moment where you're all "Rut Roh!"  So then our friend told us how to take care of the problem and it was awesome.

That encouraged a lovely lady named Paige to email us the following:

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Hi ladies,



I just read your latest blog about how useful sunscreen can be for removing Sharpie and thought I'd share another useful tip. Cornstarch is the best and pretty much only way to remove Vaseline from hair. As an adult you might realize that hair is not the best place for vaseline. But it seems at the age of 2 one has not yet acquired that knowledge. Please find below the instructions for removing vaseline from hair and enjoy the before and after shots.


Step 1: Cake cornstarch in hair
Step 2: Rinse with shampoo and water
Step 3: Cake cornstarch in hair
Step 4: Rinse with shampoo and water
Step 5: Cake cornstarch in hair
Step 6: Rinse with shampoo and water
Step 7: Cake cornstarch in hair
Step 8: Rinse with shampoo and water
Step 9: Cake cornstarch in hair
Step 10: Rinse with shampoo and water

[Editor's note: At this point, we suggest pausing and pouring yourself a size XL glass of wine. - Kate & Lydia]

Step 11: Cake cornstarch in hair
Step 12: Rinse with shampoo and water
Step 13: Cake cornstarch in hair
Step 14: Rinse with shampoo and water
Step 15: Cake cornstarch in hair
Step 16: Rinse with shampoo and water
Step 17: Cake cornstarch in hair
Step 18: Rinse with shampoo and water
Step 19: Cake cornstarch in hair
Step 20: Rinse with shampoo and water


At this point its best to just stop. After about a week the rest will work its way out. Hope this helps anyone who ever finds themselves in my situation!


Paige
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Thank you, Paige! You are awesome.  I wonder of this also works for Desitin.  If anyone else has any helpful ideas for avoiding child-related disasters, please remember that we are idiots and we could use all the help we can get.

xo, Kate & Lydia



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64 comments:

  1. *ahem* Desitin

    NICE btw! :) cornstarch is also a great dry shampoo :)

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  2. I canNOT stand how cute that last picture is of that little guy.....DARLING.....although I'm sure his mommy wanted to take.him.out.....just saying!!!

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  3. The vaseline in hair caked with cornstarch also makes for great Albert Einstein hair. Hello Halloween costume.

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  4. I just laughed so hard I cried. Note to self: keep Vaseline far, far away from almost-two-year-old son.

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  5. I love that cornstarch pic!

    If this situation ever happened with my DS, I think I would have to be committed. He HATES having his hair rinsed. It's traumatic enough--for me--during his regular bath.

    Hugs to you--that would do me in!

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  6. There are tears rolling down my cheeks. I was laughing so hard at this post my husband demanded to read it. Now he's rolling in laughter. The pictures are classic!

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  7. You can use rubbing alcohol to remove sharpie from a lot of things, including painted walls! Pour on a white cloth or paper towel (colors will bleed here, definitely use white) and GENTLY wipe the offending marks. You will take off a bit of paint in the process, but not much, and it's pretty much guaranteed to look better than the "homage to Shark Week" fan art gracing the living room walls. A spot test wouldn't be a bad idea. Yeah, right, and I ALWAYS do the skin test 48 hours before coloring my hair.

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  8. Hand sanitizer gets kool-aid (or egg dye, or marker, etc) stains out of linoleum/counters/walls/table etc. Learned that working fast food. It got the orange drink stains off the counter. Has served me well since.

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  9. That made me laugh out loud! I love the repetitiveness of it. That was the point, I know. Also? Had no clue sunscreen helped with Sharpie. I can finally get this moustache off my face that someone drew on me about 5 years ago!

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  10. Ok... so when I was a teenager a really nasty friend of mine smeared my hair with Vaseline as a "joke"... a tearful trip to the hairdresser followed during which she suggested I wash my hair with... dishsoap ! It took about 3 washes to get it all out, but probably better than 20 steps. :') So, dish washing liquid [the kind for washing dishes by hand like Dawn] works pretty well.

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  11. Oh dear God! I am locking up all our little jars of vaseline as we speak (yes, there are several ... they seemed to multiply the minute we had a little circumcised boy).

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  12. When my daughter was 2 or 3 she got into the Vaseline when I fell asleep. I woke up covered in it (as well as the bed and her). I wanted to add that to get Vaseline off fabric you can gently scrape it off with the dull side of a butter knife. It got most of it off, and the rest came out with the wash.

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  13. I.love.this.

    P.S. He is absolutely adorable.

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  14. Oh.my.goodness, I feel for the mother having to get that out of his hair! The last picture more than the the post actually made me giggle out loud! He looked all stinking cute,I so am innocent, I didn't do a thing, why did my Mommy just cake me in this powdery white stuff?! hahaha Keep that photo for future girlfriend/wife embarrassing photo displays though!

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  15. My niece smeared herself with sudocreme & Vicks vapour rub whilst my sister was trying to wash off the permanent marker pen from her newly laid wooden floor! Not a good day that day!

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  16. Dishsoap!!!! It cuts the grease and gets rid of it pretty quickly

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  17. Store the Sharpie Markers in the locked medicine cabinet!!!

    I love the photos of the little dude's hair. Too funny. I thought we were in bad shape when my 5 year old drew "cammo" all over my 2 year old's face. At least the markers were "washable."

    I probably would have just given him a buzz cut ... although that fine blond hair probably took him all 2 years of his sweet life to grow!

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  18. My oldest got in to the Vaseline when he was two. Yikes.

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  19. To avoid all child-related/incurred disasters, don't have children.

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  20. No tricks for getting Desitin out of hair, but I do know that it is not actually necessary to call poison control after ingesting a whole tube of the stuff. At least that's what poison control told me after my then 2yr-old decided to snack instead of nap that fine afternoon...

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  21. We had a similar incident about a year ago- wish we'd know about the corn starch then, rather than cutting off all my little girl's hair :( (ok, she didn't have THAT much hair, but it was still traumatic.... for mommy!) Thanks for the info!!

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  22. I would say use Dawn dish washing liquid for cutting through grease. We used to use it in cosmetology school as shampoo on the old ladies that didn't wash their hair often. I also had a toe headed child that I would use a scant amount of the gel baby oil in his hair before pictures to make it look like he had hair. :)

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  23. I'd probably get the clippers and let DS enjoy a nice, cool summer buzz cut...

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  24. I so would have gone the shaved head route with this one!
    http://chosenchaos.blogspot.com/2011/06/gone-in-16-minutes.html

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  25. Dawn is a miracle worker!!! When my daughter was 3 years, she decided to cover her head with balmex. took 3 washes with Dawn but the soap finally got the grease out!

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  26. Magic eraser will get sharpie off of almost anything! Not sure about humans but hey maybe it's worth a shot? Side Note: I do not work for Mr. Clean, just love me some magic eraser!

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  27. I'm wondering if, by "enjoy the before and after shots," you are referring to photos, or whiskey? My first thought was whiskey...

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  28. Anyone know how to get spray sunblock stains out of clothes? It is clear when you spray it on, but turns orange on clothes and I swear not even straight chlorine bleach gets it out.

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  29. Love the pictures! I am now remembering when my son was 3 and at day care and he and one of the girls had found their way, unnoticed, to the diaper area where said girl "gelled" his hair with vaseline. He is now 16 and I believe it's all the way out.

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  30. I heard dish soap works for getting Vaseline out of hair as well.

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  31. To get the spray sunblock stains out of clothes try scrubbing them with a paste made from hydrogen peroxide and baking soda then a regular wash with laundry detergent. This also seems to work on the yellow deoderant stains on white shirts)

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  32. When my son was two, he found a jar of Vaseline while I *thought* all three precious ones were asleep. When I went into the bedroom to check on my sleeping angels, I discovered that he had smeared Vaseline on himself, head to toe. He had also covered all the stuffed animals, the wooden dresser and bunk bed rails, the window, the carpet, and my six-month-old daughter's hair. For the grand finale, he plunged the nose bulb syringe into the now-half-empty tub of Vaseline.

    I can speak from personal experience, then, when I say that cornstarch, followed by shampoo, works well at getting out the vile goo from hair. I only had to repeat once. Dish soap works fine as a pre-wash treatment for clothing. Apparently, Vaseline doesn't hurt wood and can just be rubbed into it. But NOTHING gets that stuff out of carpet. Believe me, I tried every single trick I could find on the interwebs. To this day, five years later, there are two black distinct, toddler sized handprints in the bedroom carpet where the Vaseline has collected dirt and grime over the years. Not even professional carpet cleaning will remove it.

    I can laugh about it all now. At the time? I was a sniveling, quivering ball of traumatized flesh. :-)

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  33. This is why I'm glad my kids don't get hair until well after 2 :-) Although both have had adventures in Vaseline that ruined several stuffed animals and outfits...

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  34. Our Vaseline is now on a very high shelf in a closet. I'm not taking any chances!

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  35. Kate and Lydia, no need to worry about the Desitin. In my experience it is best to pretend that it's suncreen. And if it's in the hair, simply say your child's scalp burns easily! This is how I've handled the Desitin crisis...even in the dead of winter. (-:

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  36. My 2 year old just recently did this. Use baby oil it makes for an oily mess but it works. Put in bbay oil then wash with dish soap. you may have ot repeat a couple of times but it works.

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  37. LOL I have actually been through this... my daughter decided to smear Vaseline all over her little brother. She has also decided that any type of diaper rash creme we buy is excellent lotion for her brother.

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  38. http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Petroleum-Jelly-from-Hair-Using-Olive-Oil-and-Detergent

    i googled it because in cosmetology school we had to use vaseline on our mannequin heads and the shampoo was NOT getting it out, but the dawn dish soap did.

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  39. Plain white bread will remove color crayon from painted walls and trim. Ball up a slice of bread lightly, and the use it to "scrub" the crayon off the walls.

    Eye make-up remover takes any type of marker off skin quickly and easily.

    Peanut butter takes gum out of hair. However for clothing, freezing it and then scraping the gum off with the dull side of a butter knife works better.

    Olive oil and a "nit comb" works better, faster, and HEALTHIER for getting rid of lice. Coat your little cupcake's head with cheap olive oil, and use the comb to remove all the nasties, and then wash their hair a couple of times to remove the olive oil. (May have to repeat in a few days to get the remaining critters, and you also have to do all the other stuff like wash the bedding and hi-jack the stuffed toys for a couple weeks.)

    Ummm, I think that's about all the bizarre home "remedies" I discovered when my kids were younger. I'm sure I'll remember more in a few years when my cupcakes make their own cupcakes. :)

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  40. They use Dawn dishsoap to clean the ducks and other water critters after an oil spill - I'm sure it would work great on kids hair too!!! LOL

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  41. You have to drink milk to induce vomiting after drinking a bottle of Pine Sol. Don't ask me how i know this.

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  42. These pics are too cute! Anyone have any ideas on how to get a whole bottle of vegetable oil out of carpet?
    Oh, and to the awesome Mom with the lice remedy....really good suggestion....but now my head itches:(

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  43. The Magic Eraser works really well for sharpie on skin, although you have to be careful to not scrub too hard - it will burn the little angel's skin!

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  44. My daughter did this when she was 2. It was a week after she got ahold of a Sharpie. Looking back I can laugh. I wish I had taken pics to document it.

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  45. According to my mom who had to wash Vaseline out of my hair when I was a kid (apparently, my logic went "shiny hair is pretty and Vaseline is shiny, so Vaseline in my hair will make it shiny and pretty") Tide laundry detergent works well at getting it out. Of course, you have to be careful and it isn't great for their skin but it works.

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  46. omg, this made me laugh so hard!!! oh, and toothpaste will get permanent marker off of walls and furniture.

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  47. @Mrs. Juice,
    I also think Magic Erasers are great, but I think the manufacturer's warning now says something to the effect of not to use on skin. There was a big scare awhile back that it caused chemical burns, and now the thinking is that it was the combination of rubbing with the somewhat abrasive edge combined with the chemical in it that can cause some issues--probably rare, but it could be a problem, esp. for a child with sensitive skin. :-)
    Carol

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  48. who knew? i'll file that away for future reference. in the meantime, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser gets everything possible off of solid surfaces. fingerprints, permanent marker, craft paint, etc. i might have tried it on my children's hair if i hadn't read this first, so thanks for saving them the scrubbing!

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  49. i have to second and third the suggestion of dawn/dishsoap for this -- we did the cornstarch/shampoo deal 4 times and weren't getting anywhere. two rounds with dawn and the vaseline was gone!

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  50. About 150 years ago, when I was in the fifth grade, I saw a girl using gel to make her hair slick for a skit we each had to make on U.S. Vice Presidents. Let me say that as an 11 year old, I had no clue about hair gel and how it differs from Vaseline, and they looked a bit alike, so...
    I can confirm that the feeling of it in one's hair is quite terrible. Also, since it was pre-internet and all the solutions we can find on the web, I had to wash my hair about 47 times (without the aid of cornstarch or dish detergent) and still had greasy hair for a week.
    MelKel (mom of Lu) Seattle, WA

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  51. This is Awesome! I will keep this in mind when my 3 year old smears it all over my 6 month old. I know she will one day!

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  52. Spray sunblock stains are not a problem in our house - we use Arm and Hammer detergent and that stuff is freaking awesome.

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  53. So funny! This showed up on my page right under sh*tmykidsruined.com!
    When I was in kindergarten (about 150 years ago!). I was in a skit as a ghost. We wore sheets with the eyes cut out. Ever try gettin black shoe polish off a 5 year olds face? I remember it to this day, it was so truamatic!

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  54. The cornstarch shot is EXACTLY how my father-in-laws hair looks ALL.THE.TIME.

    One year we dressed my son up for Halloween as a mad scientist, complete with wig and eyebrows. When we got it all on him we had to send pics to the in-laws and we all decided he was a dead ringer for his grandpa too.

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  55. Magic erasers are not dangerous.
    http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/eraser.asp

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  56. I use baking soda all the time to get stains off my counter. Wet your fingers, press into the b. soda then scrub the stain. Also works great for getting that fuzzy, greasy grunge that accumulates on counter top appliances.

    Peanut butter to get gum out of hair. Rub the pb in well then start working it out with a very fine toothed comb. The rat tail ones are the best.

    Eye makeup remover gets stickers off of car windows. Oh wait, but I'm the only one whose kids put stickers on the window after a dr. appt. Right?

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  57. When my niece was 4 she totally greased up her 2 year old brother from head to toe (and in his ears...ewww) with an industrial size tub of Vaseline. He looked like someone that had been spit out by an alien and he was super hard to hold on to in the tub while I scrubbed him with Dawn dish soap (I figured it works for ducks covered in crude oil). No pictures of this event exist, cause this was back in the olden days where in order to take pictures you had to run to the store and buy film and batteries in order to document all your kid's proof of hereditary insanity.

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  58. my little sisters (then 2 -4 years old) regularly (as in weekly!) would be all super stealth ninjas and run to the bedroom, smear an entire bottle of lotion on their bodies and proceed to dump a bottle of baby powder on themselves, the carpet, the bed. The whole episode would take about 3.8 seconds.

    Clean-up: soap, water, vacuum, lemon juice and vodka (for mama of course)

    Solution: put the shit in a lock box & for God's Sake after the tenth time it happens, stop asking why you have not YET moved it out of their reach.

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  59. I saw this post a week or so ago and thought...boy, I'm glad mine hasn't done that! THEN...I just had this happen this morning (yes, I took a picture). After 4 washings with Dawn dish detergent, he looks like he still has that slicked back look but not nearly as bad. I had my friends on FB send links on what to do. One did say whiskey but I think it's too early to drink still, I mean the twins go down for naps in 25 minutes. I will be trying the cornstarch in a bit. I needed a break after all the washing and the cleaning and of course his sister picking up the things that he had covered in the vaseline. Wish me luck or send a bottle of that wine :)

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  60. I sounded like an asthmatic smoker reading all of this. My face feels like it is in permanent spaz position. I never had this problem (thank the freaking lord) but my hairdresser threatened to bleach my hair to get the blue and pink washable hairspray out of my hair if I didn't get it out with a paste of tide with bleach. I have super fine blond hair that apparently doesn't do well with that stuff. It did work. However I needed a schmidt-load of conditioner afterwards.

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  61. I love coming over here and finding out that it's NOT just my kids! My daughter got into a small tub of Vaseline that I didn't even know we had in the house, when she was two years old. Three or four baby powder then shampoos later and the worst of it was out, but her hair still looked greasy for a couple weeks after that.

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  62. FYI fabric softened will work as a hair stripper. It removes all the excess oily & waxy build up from hair products. Haven't tested it on baseline but it is worth a shot.

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