Top 5 Halloween costumes you can make from home

With Halloween just around the corner, the kids are already likely to be planning their next spooky look. Trouble is, most of the character-themed creations on offer come at an extortionate price, particularly when you consider they are likely to be worn for just a few hours and will probably be too small by next Halloween! If you’re keen to help the kids look fantastically scary without breaking the bank, here are some fabulously creative ideas for costumes you can make from home!

The traditional ghost

It’s an old classic, but it’s a favourite. Using a white bed sheet as the base, your child can be as creative as they like, from cutting out eyes to adorning with spiders, chains, glitter or other spooky creations. Fabric pens are great for this, but your normal felt tip pens will also do the trick.

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The zombie

Put your child’s worn out, old dressing up costumes to good use by repurposing them for Halloween! Transform any beautiful princess dress, nurse or doctors’ outfit, cheerleading costume, or even a beloved old onesie into a gruesome extravaganza by cutting or ripping the sleeves, adding some dirt and a splash or two of red dye or tomato ketchup! Absolutely anything goes in Zombie-land, so your child can choose whatever clothes or costume they like and transform it into a spooky delight. They may make quite a mess in their excitement, so be sure to keep your ACE stain remover spray handy!

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The vampire/vampiress

Thanks to the popularity of Vampirina, Hotel Transylvania and the Twilight Saga, vampires now come in all shapes and sizes. This provides kids with the perfect opportunity to create their own unique vampire look but be sure to include the trademark fangs! Check out this great Dracula Vampire Makeup tutorial we found on YouTube.

The black cat

Dressing up as a black cat can be achieved very simply just by selecting all-black clothing. From a leotard they use for dance class through to a plain t-shirt and leggings, you are likely to have everything you need to complete this look at home. Add a nose and whiskers with makeup and create the ears by attaching a black card to a headband. For the tail, consider stuffing some old fabric into the leg of a pair of tights. Easy!

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The robot

For those who fancy being a little more creative with their costume, robots would make the perfect Halloween craft project! From choosing the colours to personalising each robot with its own gizmos and gadgets, the possibilities are endless. You can view the tutorial on how to make both the child and adult versions here.

What’s your favourite homemade Halloween costume? Let us know at @ACECLEANUK on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of ACE in Morrisons, The Range, Tesco (and lots of other retailers!).

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Back to school stain guide

The kids are back to school – hurrah! Each day they set off in crisp clean uniforms and return with a whole rainbow of stains that testify to their busy activities: the splatter of paint from art class, the grass from the playing fields, and the drip of gravy from lunch. As the washing mounts up and you feel the panic start to rise, fear not! ACE’s brand ambassador – the UK’s biggest cleaning blogger, ‘Queen of Clean’, is here to help you tackle some of the most common school-induced stains!

Paint

The days of wearing dad’s old shirt have gone in schools as many now claim to use washable paint. Sometimes this is not the case and a simple wash isn’t always enough to banish those annoying paint stains from a white polo shirt. Apply ACE for Whites directly to the mark to get your kid’s shirts stain free!

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Pen Ink

Ink can be one of the hardest stains to remove if not treated straight away, and whether it’s leaky pens or accidental felt tip marks, your child is likely to come home with at least one of these marks on a regular basis. Apply ACE Stain Remover Spray to the stain and leave to work for 15 minutes, rinse and wash as normal to banish the annoying ink marks.

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Grass

Grass stains show up even on dark school uniform, and with all the playground games this type of stain will inevitably turn up on your little one’s school uniform. Grass is one of the easiest stains to tackle when you have a bottle of ACE in the cupboard. Chuck all your grass stained items into the wash with a capful of ACE and the annoying green marks will be gone.

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Mud

Kids always manage to get covered in mud – particularly if you have a child who likes to knee slide or drag their belongings along the ground! Use ACE to banish mud stains from their school uniform and bag. Leave mud to dry before picking off large clumps, soak items in cold water with a capful of ACE for Colours before washing as normal.

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Blood

Grazed knees and nose bleeds often result in a marked school uniform, and blood can stain quite quickly. Queen of Clean always advises to turn the clothing item inside out before running the stained section under the cold-water tap. Add a drop of ACE directly to the stain, leave it to sit before rinsing and washing as normal.

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What’s your favourite trick for getting rid of troublesome stains? Let us know at @ACECLEANUK on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of ACE in Morrisons, The Range, Tesco (and lots of other retailers!).

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Back to school: Ditch the plastic!

As the school term gets into full swing, you are probably finding yourself tackling mounds of school washing, endless packed lunches and staggeringly complex homework projects. As many of us are now aware, doing our bit for the environment provides benefits for everyone. It’s also teaching our children to think about choosing the right materials and the environmental impact caused by the products we throw away.

Plastic packaging is pretty hard to escape when shopping for school items, but there are a few ways in which you can help reduce the amount of plastic you are using on a daily basis. Here are some nifty ways in which you can swap plastic for more eco-friendly options:

Beeswax Wraps

Ditch the clingfilm in favour of reusable beeswax wraps, which are perfect for sandwiches as well as any other wrappable lunchtime treats. This handy pack of three different sized wraps is available on Amazon.co.uk.

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Stainless Steel Tubs

For those leaky items, replace plastic tubs with these fab stainless-steel tubs with silicone lids. They promise to be 100% leak proof and the lids are a bit pretty too!  This set is available on Amazon.co.uk.

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Plastic Free Drinks Bottles

Keeping hydrated at school is essential for keeping little brains active, but plastic bottles aren’t the only answer! Switching for a stainless-steel bottle is a great option and with tons of colours and designs to choose from, the kids are bound to be happy. These HoneyHolly bottles are also BPA free too and available on Amazon.

Plastic Free Drinks Bottles

Boxed washing powder

If you gathered together all of the washing liquid that you’ll need to get through the kids dirty washing over the course of a year, you’d be pretty shocked at the amount of plastic containers you’ll work your way through just on that one task alone. Opting for a boxed washing powder is a simple and convenient way to reduce your use of plastic containers. We recently launched our fully recyclable ACE boxed powder, so you can carry on using ACE for all your everyday washing needs without the worry of plastic wastage!

Boxed Washing Powder ACE Colour Powder Box

Degradable corn plastic calculator

This is super cool; a calculator that is made from Degradable Corn Plastic. It is made from renewable, yellow-coloured corn sources and will eventually fully degrade to carbon dioxide and water, or into plant food!

What’s your favourite plastic-free back to school hack? Let us know at @ACECLEANUK on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to pick up a box of ACE for Colours from your local Morrison’s store or Amazon.

Degradable corn plastic calculator

 

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If your kids are struggling to know what to get you or your partner for Mother’s Day, why not suggest they help with a few jobs around the house? This present won’t cost them a penny and will probably mean more to you than another scented candle! Not only will the gift of cleaning help you, it will also help your little ones realise that making the bed or unloading the dishwasher isn’t as hard as they may have first thought. ACE has listed some jobs your little ones can do at a whole range of ages. They may only be small things but we’re sure they’ll make a big difference to your day, and you never know, it may become the gift that keeps on giving!

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We are sure that by now most of you have the costumes, the face-paint and the sweets ready for the trick-or-treaters – but what about the decorations? The team here at ACE have put together a few easy-to-make Halloween decorations that will make your house the spookiest on the street. Remember that when you have a bottle of ACE in your cupboard, there is nothing scary about a stain!

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The beginning of September only means one thing for the majority of us – back to school time. The past couple of months have probably been an exhausting whirlwind of play dates, days in the park and the classic ‘Mummy I’m bored!’, but now all of that is coming to an end it’s a little bit sad! To make the back to school organisation a little less stressful, ACE has put together a few things to think about over the next couple of weeks. Don’t forget to use your ACE to keep those uniforms the colour they’re meant to be!

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Being a Dad means you’re a shoulder to cry on and someone to rely on whether your children are one or 51. Being a Dad, a step-Dad or a guardian of any kind means stepping up, looking after your family and making memories together. Dads get you through the difficult times and help to create the fun and messy times! For all the sons, daughters, wives and partners wanting to show some appreciation for the Dads in their life, and for all the Dads wanting to celebrate the best bits of being a Dad – we encouraged you all to share your best #DadMoments for Father’s Day. Here’s what you came up with:

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Hopefully you’ve already seen our honest baby milestone cards, looking at the less-celebrated events in the day-to-day life of parenting. At ACE we know that every day is special and how important it is to make memories – the messy ones, the funny ones and the frustrating ones! We’re here to help you keep those memories, but remove the stains that come with them. We asked you what your #RealMilestones are, and here’s what you came up with.

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Being a Mum means wiping tears, removing stains and losing sleep. Being a Mum means sharing laughs, being proud and making memories together. For all the sons and daughters wanting to show some appreciation for their Mums, and for all the Mums wanting to celebrate the best bits of being a Mum – we encouraged you all to share your best #MumMoments for Mother’s Day. Here’s what you came up with.

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