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Prepare For Halloween's Aftermath, Including The Dreaded Glitter

Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Costume parties are a mess, but so totally worth it for the hookups.

My old friend James Del, who was a guest way back on episode 8, returns for more fun with party messes. This go-round, we focused primarily on costume concerns, what with the advent of Halloween. Because it’s my favorite holiday and I need to stockpile Halloween tales for 2018, please share your best costume party stories—the hookups, messes, and most creative costumes you’ve sported.

Here’s what I covered in my 92nd episode:

  • How to clean sand and playa dust off of clothing and sneakers without jacking up your washing machine (as promised, here’s the before/after of the playa dusty sneakers);
  • Two oddball tricks for picking up shattered glass;
  • What to do about stains on walls;
  • An explanation of what the Magic Eraser is made of and how it works;
  • A few different methods for removing lipstick and other kinds of makeup from skin and clothing;
  • Stain and odor removal for specialty fabrics, including silk, cashmere, beaded, sequined, and embellished clothing;
  • A brief overview of how dry cleaning works;
  • The secret to cleaning up Jello shots and stains from sticky hand toys. The two are related!

Over in the bonus episode, James shared the story of a time a body fell out of the sky and landed on the balcony of his Vegas apartment. Yes, you read that right.

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Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert, advice columnist and the host of the podcast Ask a Clean Person

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