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Clean up messy glitter spills with these 3 easy tricks

Clean up even the tiniest glitter flecks with ease using a few household items.
by Courtney Gisriel / / Source: TODAY
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Bust out the hearts and cupids because Valentine's Day is upon us! That means the kiddos have most likely been tasked with making cards for their pint-sized crushes and friends, and crafting is at an all time high.

Markers and crayons are standard but if you've got an overachiever on your hands ... you're probably stuck with some glitter, too. The tiny flecks seem to multiply once they've escaped their container and capturing them all feels impossible.

While the shimmery stuff's stickiness makes it the most infuriating of all art supplies, that property also serves to make clean-up easier than you might expect! All it takes is a couple items from around the house to trap and dispose of any remnants. Check out our video showing how the tricks work here.

1. The vacuum hack

For large quantities, a wet paper towel will work wonders. Use it the same way you'd use a broom and sweep all the sparkles into one place. Then take a vacuum extension and suck up the whole pile. It's simple, quick and will take care of the majority of your glittery mess.

2. The balloon trick

A balloon will help tackle the smaller specks often left behind. Blow it up, rub it on the carpet (or your hair!) to create some static electricity. Roll the balloon over the leftover glitter and you'll be left with a sparkle covered sphere!

3. The last resort

If the vacuum and balloon leave a few flecks, your last resort can likely be found in your linen closet. Take a standard lint roller and glide over the stubborn glitter. This will pick up any remaining particles and leave your crafting corner clean as can be!

Now you can go forth and embrace glitter without fear of finding little sparkles in your home until the end of time!

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