This mum discovered a clever hack and managed to save her couch after her cheeky son decorated it with bright red lipstick!

A Melbourne mum has shared her genius cleaning hack on Facebook after her son decided to decorate their couch with red lipstick. Jessica, a mum of two, said she became suspicious after leaving Louis unsupervised while she folded the washing. When she walked into the living room, she was shocked to discover that the three-year-old had decided to customise the furniture…

Scheming And Plotting

Jessica told news.com.au that she wouldn’t usually leave Louis on his own but decided to quickly sort the washing while he was happily playing with his toys.

“He’s a schemer, thinker, plotter, escape artist, creative genius and subtle sleuth,” she said. “Just as I thought to myself ‘he’s gone quiet’ he walks into the kitchen looking like a vampire that’s had a great feast.”

Jessica realised that Louis had opened her handbag and used her two favourite lipsticks to draw on everything from the couch to the walls and even the carpet.

“As I followed this trail of red, I was met with the horrific scene. A complete massacre,” she said.

As the couch is a light beige suede, the mum says she immediately assumed the worst and began desperately searching for stain removal tips online. In her search, Jessica stumbled across one hack that required some Morning Fresh dishwashing liquid and persistence and decided to give it a go.

Mum Fixes Toddler's Couch Scribble

Miraculous Results

Jessica says she could not believe how well the hack worked.

“I rubbed it into the material with my fingers and it worked, I was so shocked!” she said. “It now looks like nothing ever happened. All evidence has been destroyed and everything is back to the way it was.”

We think mums everywhere will be singing Jessica’s praises for sharing this clever stain solution!

What’s the worst thing your toddler has scribbled on? Share your story in the comments!

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  • The carpet when they go over the paper


  • A handy tip to remember. Thanks for sharing.


  • A very handy tip


  • Will keep this tip in the archives!


  • So glad my kids didn’t do that – I would have freaked. Lucky she got that out with no signs of lipstick.


  • Wow that’s amazing that that worked! Great job!


  • Thank goodness for the dishwashing liquid!


  • Haven’t had anything like this happen yet


  • So lucky she was able to get the stain out of her lounge. Would have taken a while though since it was also on the carpet and the walls. Sometimes these crazy hacks work


  • After pic, or it didn’t happen.

    • I’m a little over old stories …this goes back to last year.


  • OMG! Thank God she was able to fix this. I’m going to remember this hack. The good old Morning Fresh!!


  • Lucky she has fixed it. I mostly brought dark coloured furniture when kids were young.


  • Good tip- mine did pen and I discovered that hair spray and a damp cloth do the trick.


  • I’d be devastated, luckily she fixed it:)


  • Wow difficult to have light colored furniture when kids around

    • I know right ? It wouldn’t be my choice ;)


  • I need to remember this! My niece as a toddler scribbled on the walls with crayon, that was fun to remove!


  • My youngest has been the worst for drawing on things. The latest is the couch and an accent chair with pen. Baby wipes have managed to get it off


  • My DD attacked our brand new white ceasar stone bench tops with a sharpie. After many failed attempts to clean it, I remembered my Mother-in-law left some Gumption at my place and it magically disappeared.


  • Would have loved an after shot! My son wanted our white rug to look like grass! I’m sure if I got to it much sooner it may have been easier to get the texta out of the rug, but I saw it in the middle of the school rush! Then I did shopping and by the time I got round to it I was only able to get the stain down to half colour intensity. I used store brought carpet cleaner.


  • My daughter went through a stage of writing her name on everything. Then she would try to deny it. Luckily everything was able to be cleaned, wiped or washed :)


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