Friday the 13th

I just realized that today is the 13th. And it’s Friday. That could explain why my son had the urge to create a Picasso using  nature’s paint fresh from his diaper. Thanks Jack!! During what was supposed to be nap time, he decided it would be a great idea to smear his turds not only on one wall, but all the walls, his bed, dresser, mirror and floors. Ugh!!

Jack's Masterpiece

I had the pleasure of Googling how to clean up this monster mess and found many other parents have the same issue. It’s nice to know my son isn’t the only budding artist out there. I knew I needed a plan. This is where my nursing experience took over…assess, plan, implement, evaluate. After assessing the situation and figuring moving to a new house wasn’t realistic, I knew I needed a plan. I boiled some water on the stove, got some clean rags (we don’t use paper towels) and went to work.

In case any other poor soul ever has the misfortune of cleaning dried poop off walls (painted with flat paint) and wood floors…let me help you out. It’s overwhelming, but you CAN successfully clean it. I promise. Mind over matter.

Step 1: Boil water on the stove

ready to work!!

Step 2: While water is boiling, gather clean rags or towels and try not to break down in tears over the work that lay ahead.

Step 3: Pick up any “chunkage” with coffee filters…since I don’t use paper towels they were the next best thing. You need to pick up all chunks before you begin cleaning dried poop stuck on walls and floors.

Step 4: Bring water (pan and all) in to room, dip rags in hot water (be extremely careful, obviously) and drip water over poop. Yes it runs down  walls and makes a mess, but it does the job.

Step 5: scrub, refrain from letting swear words in your head come out of your mouth (by far the most difficult step of this process).

Step 6: repeat steps 4 and 5 as necessary, while basking in the aroma of hot water and melting poop. Being a nurse for some years now, I am used to this smell, but for those of you smart enough to follow another career path…enjoy.

after scrubbing with hot water

Step 7: there may still be some really tough little turd pieces stuck to walls, even after all that scrubbing with hot water (I had to repeat that process two and three times, depending on the wall). I used popsicle sticks to scrape the remaining poops off the walls…they worked really well. If you don’t have popsicle sticks, anything will do…spoon, butter knife, fingernail (if you’re really brave).

Step 8: spray with disinfectant. The boiling water will remove the poop but I can’t imagine it will kill the germs so I used a mix a bleach and water in a spray bottle and sprayed down every square inch of that room.

Step 9: air room out as best you can. Open windows, get a fan, plug-in air fresheners…whatever you have to do. It will probably smell bad for a while.

What a process!! The entire thing took about 45 minutes, not nearly as long as I had anticipated. I read in another mom’s blog how to remove poop from carpet…very informative and simple. The only ingredient required is hydrogen peroxide…apparently it gets rid of the poop and smell without leaving a stain. Read her most helpful post here:

If her trick works on carpet, I would be willing to bet it’s a great stain remover..I’m going to give this a whirl next time I need one.

I wish you all a wonderful Friday the 13th and hope it’s slightly less eventful than mine.

I would love to hear about any cleaning tips or tricks you all use!


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