This Summer Take a Mom-Cation Moment #momcation

Susan here with a fun idea to help you take a moment for yourself this summer. I’m participating in the Merry Maids “Summer Mom-Cation” program. This post series is sponsored, but as always, my opinions are my own.

I love summer! I love the warm weather, the relaxed schedule and I especially love NOT making school lunches.

But, I don’t love the extra messes that come along with kids being home all day.

So when Merry Maids asked me to join this campaign to inspire moms to take “Mom-Cation Moments” this summer, I thought it would be fun.

Get Kids Helping with Summer Messes while You Take a Mom-Cation Moment

The idea of a “Mom-Cation” moment is when you get a little help tackling a summer mess and your kids take some of the clean-up duty off your shoulders.

How much your kids help clean does depend on how old they are, but Debra Johnson, Merry Maids home cleaning expert, has identified the top five kid-made messes and provided simple solutions for moms and kids to conquer the sandiest and stickiest messes – all while getting kids involved in the process.

So I’m taking a few “Mom-Cation” moments and snapping photos of my girls cleaning up their messes using a few of her tips.

Check out the first tip below and then stay tuned for more tips in future posts!

“The Summer Mom-Cation” Tip #1

This tip is from Merry Maids’ home cleaning expert, Debra Johnson:

The Ice Pop Drips

Ice pops are always a fan favorite once the weather warms up – but when the frozen treats start melting all over the carpet or furniture, they are not always a favorite to clean up. Johnson explains the best home remedy for removing an ice pop stain from upholstery or carpeting is to dampen the stained area with dish washing liquid solution. From there, place a white terry cloth towel over the solution and run over the towel with a hot iron – this will help transfer much of the stain to the towel.

Make It a “Mom-Cation” Moment: An easy way for kids to help keep their hands clean and the floors dry is to make a DIY ice pop holder. Johnson suggests parents help their kids cut a hole in the bottom of a cupcake wrapper and place the wrapper around the base of the ice pop stick – use multi-colored or printed wrappers to make it fun and personal. This will catch all of the drips and drops and keep kids’ hands (and moms’ floors) from getting sticky.

Putting Tip #1 Into Action

Ice pops are one of my girls’ favorite parts of summertime. I try to get them to stay in the kitchen, on the patio or outside while they’re eating these sticky treats, but drips and spills still happen.

So I was thrilled to hear Debra’s suggestion of using cupcake wrappers to catch spills. My girls loved the idea too…

Ice Pop Drip Catchers

If you keep the ice pops limited to rooms without carpet, and a drip or spill does happen, it’s easy to get kids to clean up the messes themselves and you can enjoy a “Mom-Cation Moment”.

Summer Messes

However, if you do end up with an ice pop spill on the carpet, you can try Debra’s suggestion…

  1. Dampen the stained area with dish washing liquid solution
  2. Place a white terry cloth towel over the solution
  3. Run over the towel with a hot iron.

The hot iron helps transfer much of the stain to the towel.

Carpet Stain Tip

But hopefully you won’t need to worry about stained carpets, since your kids will be using their “DIY Ice Pop Drip Catchers” and you’ll be relaxing for a “Mom-Cation Moment”.

All Five “Summer Mom-Cation” Cleaning Tips

Find “Summer Mom-Cation” Tips #1, #2, #3 in our posts…

Tip #1

Avoid Ice Pop Spills

Tip #1 for “Ice Pop Drips”.

Tip #2

how to clean up glitter

Tip #2 for cleaning up glitter.

Tip #3

Cleaning Up Sticky Lemonade

Tip #3 for spilled sticky lemonade.

And Tips #4 and #5 on the Merry Maids Facebook Page at

Tip #4

MerryMaids FB Sandy

Tip #4 for tackling “sand” messes.

Tip #5

MerryMaids FB Water

Tip #5 for preventing slippery, water messes.

Visit the Merry Maids Facebook Page and share your own tried and true cleaning tips as well as share your best “Mom-Cation” moments using hashtag #MomCation. Keep an eye on the Merry Maids Facebook page for fun contests throughout the summer.

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This post is sponsored by Merry Maids.
Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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  1. Karen Glatt says

    Great tips for keeping my house clean this Summer. I like the popsicle tip by putting a cupcake holder around it to keep the drips from falling. Also I like the tip in getting stains out of my carpet.

  2. nicole dz says

    Great helpful & useful tips here. My kids sometimes are a pain in cleanup when messes occur but for the most part they do pick up after there messes. The cupcake wrapper trick is awesome to prevent a mess. love this.

  3. Mami2jcn says

    Good tips! Lately I’ve been having my 11 year old take out the garbage and vacuum. It’s nice to get the help finally!

  4. Tammy S says

    This is a great tip on getting stains out of carpet. I have always used soap and water. I never heard of using and iron. I am pinning this tip for next time I need it.With two kids you know I will need it. :)

  5. Tammy S says

    I would love love to see my children give me a Momcation even if it just a little bit of one. I love the tip about the cupcake liners around popsicles.

  6. Rebecca Parsons says

    I love the idea of mess protection using baking cups for popsicles. With summer does come bigger messes.

  7. Sarah L says

    The cupcake holders for popsicles is a great idea. I’ll tell my friend who takes care of her grandkids sometimes.

  8. says

    I love that helpful tip on the cupcake liner for catching the stuff that melts! great idea
    Summertime fun can get really messy and any tip would help

  9. Sunnymay says

    The popsicle tip cracks me up. If you can get kids at a young age to want to pick up to have a nice environment, it makes it easier to have a house that’s “lived-in” yet still be livable.

  10. sarah jackson says

    Yay for glitter clean up tip !! my kid can do this ! and I might be able to go to work without glitter somewhere on me !

  11. Cindy Brooks says

    Great ideas for summer messes! I especially like the no drip idea and the carpet cleaning tip.

  12. Karen Glatt says

    These are really great tips to help me during the Summer. The cupcakes tip is really helpful to me.

  13. Alayne Langford says

    Hello! I have used the tips for the carpet to use dish detergent when I run out of carpet cleaner, except I never used the iron part. Thanks for that!!

  14. Eva Mitton-Urban says

    Great cleaning tips – would like to post one that I have used and can swear by its’ success. In the event that your carpet gets stained or your coffee table gets a burn ring from a hot cup of tea/coffee/liquid – Utilize a cloth with 3 tsp Baking powder and 4 tbsp Toothpaste removes stain and does not damage….Tried and True. Hope your readers can benefit from this post – did save my coffee table expense to refinish – it works !

    Eva Mitton-Urban

  15. Betsy Barnes says

    These are really great tips! I love the popsicle drip catcher and I will be using the carpet spot cleaning, great for cleaning those little spots! :)

  16. Priscilla S. says

    Great tips. I love the idea for mess-free popsicle eating. Cutting a hole in the bottom of a cupcake wrapper and placing the wrapper around the base of the ice pop stick is genius!

  17. Melissa Sly says

    Great tips and ideas. We seem to have a lot of trouble with leaves dragging in here in the summer and fortunately we don’t have carpet!

  18. Anne Taylor says

    All of these are great tips! I especially love the baking cup solution for the dripping popsicles.


  19. says

    I have to bookmark this site there are so many useful tips! I really like the ice pop drip idea, to use cupcake liners to catch everything! I always have cupcake liners at home so this would have saved me so many headaches of cleaning up after ice pop drips!

  20. K. Finn says

    With two pets, I could use help with keeping my carpets clean. The iron idea is interesting, but it doesn’t seem especially fast. Maybe irons these days heat up a lot faster than I am remembering.

  21. Jill Myrick says

    These are all great tip and ones that I will be trying in the future.
    Fortunately for me my older children are a great help at keeping messes made by my younger children cleaned up.


  22. Meredith Newton says

    Awesome… Thanks so much this is awesome ideas. Will definitely be using some of them immediately.

  23. sheila ressel says

    I’m always looking for any helpful tips when it comes to cleaning and I can sure use many of these. Thanks so much.

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