The Easiest Way to Clean Glitter

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In the world of arts and crafts, nothing is messier than glitter! Lucky for me, my girls love using glitter and I hate cleaning glitter off of every surface. I found this great trick on a website for cleaning glitter using play dough and I had to try it. I can’t believe how fast it cleaned up every speck of glitter from my floor. Now I don’t have to dread using glitter when crafting with my girls!
Time: 1 MinutesCost: $1Difficulty: Easy
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Here's the disaster in progress. No matter what container glitter is put in is seems to always get knocked over.
  • easiest way to clean glitter, cleaning tips
This spill isn’t even a bad spill, but I know if I tried using any other way to clean up this glitter, I would be finding pieces of it everywhere for weeks. Even a vacuum cleaner seems to leave wandering glitter pieces all over my house.
Step 1: Grab a container of play dough
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All you need is a jar of play dough for this trick. Don't worry - you won't be wasting it!
Step 2: Roll and press play dough over your glitter spill
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I used a mini jar of play dough because you really only need a small amount to grab up all the glitter.
  • easiest way to clean glitter, cleaning tips
I quickly kneaded the play dough all over the glitter puddle. Because there were larger sized star glitter pieces mixed in, I had to dab at them a little. Normal sized glitter comes up with no extra work needed.
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And voila! Look at that clean floor...
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Boy am I happy.
  • easiest way to clean glitter, cleaning tips
And bonus: now my daughter has sparkly play dough for play time.
  • easiest way to clean glitter, cleaning tips
She’s so happy, I'm nervous she'll start spilling glitter on purpose!

Suggested materials for this project:

  • Play dough