This Summer Take a Mom-Cation Moment #momcation

by Susan

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.

Find Merry Maids on Facebook:, Twitter: @merrymaids, Website:


This post is sponsored by Merry Maids.
Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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{ 74 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa Brown July 15, 2014 at 7:44 am

great tips for the carptes


2 Karen Glatt July 15, 2014 at 10:52 am

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.


3 anne July 15, 2014 at 11:13 am

Thanks for this helpful and useful feature.


4 Cheryl Free July 15, 2014 at 3:21 pm

It’s always nice to see kids learning to help at home.


5 nicole dz July 15, 2014 at 5:36 pm

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.


6 Kristi Sorg July 15, 2014 at 11:32 pm

Thanks so much for the great tips! I have 9 kids so this is so so helpful


7 Mami2jcn July 16, 2014 at 9:24 am

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!


8 vickie couturier July 16, 2014 at 11:28 am

some cool tips to have love the tips going to use them with the grankids


9 Dandi D July 16, 2014 at 3:27 pm

These are some really great tips–some I’d never thought of before!


10 Georgia Beckman July 17, 2014 at 9:28 am

LOVE the cupcake paper for drips! DUH! How have we not thought of this before now?


11 Wendy July 17, 2014 at 4:47 pm

The iron is also a great tool for getting candle wax out of the carpet!


12 Tammy S July 18, 2014 at 9:06 am

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. :)


13 Tammy S July 18, 2014 at 9:32 am

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.


14 Meagan bs July 18, 2014 at 10:20 am

the cupcake paper for drips is absolutely genius.


15 Kathy stevenson July 18, 2014 at 5:47 pm

These are great ideas!


16 Amy M July 19, 2014 at 9:19 am

I would never have thought of using an iron! Thanks for the tip!


17 Rebecca Parsons July 19, 2014 at 10:48 am

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


18 Sarah L July 23, 2014 at 9:59 pm

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


19 Ashley O. July 24, 2014 at 5:53 pm

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


20 Sunnymay July 25, 2014 at 5:16 pm

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.


21 Christine Jensen July 25, 2014 at 9:20 pm

I had never heard of the Dawn and Iron tip!


22 Ashley O. July 27, 2014 at 11:34 am

I love the how to clean up glitter. I am afraid to even have glitter in the home, LOL!


23 Amanda Sakovitz July 28, 2014 at 9:58 am

Great posts and tips for summer!


24 Thomas Murphy July 29, 2014 at 12:27 am

Awesome tips!!! They will really help out in my house.


25 sarah jackson July 29, 2014 at 9:47 pm

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 !


26 heather July 29, 2014 at 10:46 pm

Great tips for the summer thanks for sharing some of these I had not thought of.


27 BusyWorkingMama July 30, 2014 at 10:33 am

I like the idea for using muffin liners to catch popsicle drippings!


28 mongupp July 30, 2014 at 1:41 pm

The cupcake cups are an awesome idea!


29 Jessica D. July 31, 2014 at 1:29 am

Thx for all the great tips!!


30 Cindy Brooks July 31, 2014 at 3:42 am

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


31 Jennifer B July 31, 2014 at 11:38 am

Great. I have some cupcake liners in my cabinet right now that can be put to use today.


32 Karen Glatt July 31, 2014 at 2:27 pm

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


33 Chrissy Kim July 31, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Love all these tips! I can use any tips I can get when it comes to cleaning!


34 tasha may July 31, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Great tips, thanks for sharing!! :o)


35 @n210ss August 1, 2014 at 1:16 am

I liked the tip on how to take care of frozen treats that get on carpet or furniture.


36 Tammy S August 1, 2014 at 5:29 pm

I really like the tip about getting stains out of carpet. I will have to try that next time. Thanks!


37 Alayne Langford August 2, 2014 at 1:57 am

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!!


38 Eva Mitton-Urban August 2, 2014 at 4:31 am

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


39 Ronald G August 2, 2014 at 5:31 am

You have some very wonderful ideas…but I am a 63 year old live-alone bachelor…Thanks anyway!


40 Suzie M August 2, 2014 at 10:59 am

Like lots of those tips esp the carpet


41 Janet W. August 3, 2014 at 2:22 pm

These are great ideas! I’m going to try the ice pop drips idea today!


42 Sonya Morris August 5, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Great tips! I will try the iron and towel tip for the mystery spill on the playroom carpet.


43 Betsy Barnes August 5, 2014 at 5:21 pm

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! :)


44 Darrah Bailey August 6, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Wow, Thank you for sharing.. What great ideas!


45 courtney hennagir August 6, 2014 at 5:04 pm

I am so using that carpet stain trick right now! Thank you so much!


46 Priscilla S. August 7, 2014 at 6:54 am

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!


47 Heather Hayes Panjon August 7, 2014 at 8:57 am

Great Tips That Will Make Daily Life Easier For All Moms.


48 Birdiebee August 8, 2014 at 2:12 am

You have some great tips here that I am going to have to try with my grandchildren.


49 Rebecca Parsons August 8, 2014 at 2:39 pm

I think the cupcake liners are pretty genius. I am so going to use that idea.


50 anne hill August 10, 2014 at 12:28 pm

yeah i always use warm soapy water to clean up carpet stains! ugh i wish i had hardwood floors!


51 Melissa Sly August 10, 2014 at 8:38 pm

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!


52 Stacey b August 10, 2014 at 9:08 pm

That is neat. I love the idea for popsicles, my kids are so messy with those.


53 Anne Taylor August 10, 2014 at 9:31 pm

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



54 Kwai Yip August 11, 2014 at 8:15 pm

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!


55 mrsshukra August 12, 2014 at 12:46 am

Thanks – I learned something new here!


56 Claudia M August 13, 2014 at 12:13 pm

great tips! I love the carpet stain one ,what defiantly will come in handy ! thanks


57 K. Finn August 14, 2014 at 3:16 am

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.


58 shaunie August 16, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Heart the idea of a momcation. This would really help with bonding and responsibility


59 DEBIJOT August 17, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Great tips for summer or anytime.


60 Jill Myrick August 19, 2014 at 11:50 pm

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.



61 Susan Smith August 20, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Great tips I really like the ice pop drip idea, to use cupcake liners to catch everything!


62 Amanda Sakovitz August 21, 2014 at 11:13 am

Great tips! I will have to try these out :)


63 Jeanna Wise August 21, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Great tips Thank you.


64 RICHARD HICKS August 21, 2014 at 9:02 pm

I love the cupcake mold acting as a drip catcher!


65 CharityS August 22, 2014 at 12:04 am

Thanks of for the awesome tips.


66 Meredith Newton August 22, 2014 at 7:09 am

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


67 Buddy Garrett August 22, 2014 at 7:25 am

I loved these tips. They are great.


68 Kathy Pease August 22, 2014 at 9:54 am

I really love the ice pop drip catchers..What a fantastic idea and would sure save a lot of messes :)


69 Shayna August 22, 2014 at 12:38 pm



70 Joel August 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm

I love the tip for popcicles! Great ideas!


71 Erika W. August 22, 2014 at 1:17 pm

I love using the cupcake papers for popsicles! I need to try that!


72 sheila ressel August 22, 2014 at 2:15 pm

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


73 Jeanna August 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Wonderful tips! I’m going to put these to use today! Thank you!


74 Bons August 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Thank you for sharing such great tips!


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