1. Kids blue soap/shampoo. When running from the closet to the bathtub with an opened bottle of children's blueberry shampoo (upside-down, because - why not) our son made a beautiful art project all over the carpet in between the bedroom and the bathroom.
2. Markers, pens, etc. If you have kids and you have carpet and there's not one speck of marker or pen mark anywhere on your floors, you are amazing...simply put.
3. Glitter. I know glitter isn't necessarily a stain but it's still next to impossible to get out. I'm not talking a little bit of glitter from crafts...I'm talking - the three year old little girl version of trying to make your house "Pitty and Sparkly" so a fairy princess would want to come and visit for a tea party - kind of glitter.
4. Bubble Gum. Sticking with the fairy theme (no pun intended) our two older boys came up with the brilliant plan to squish gum into the carpet around their bed when one of them lost their tooth...WHY would they do this? To catch the tooth fairy when she gets stuck in it of course.
5. Pancake syrup. Technically, this is edible so I guess it would be in a food group somewhere. It has probably been the hardest and most frustrating thing we've ever had to deal with. When we brought our new baby girl home from the hospital in our exhausted state, we ridiculously made the mistake of sending our one, three and five year old boys downstairs saying, "We don't care WHAT you do, just DON'T fight and BE QUIET!" As we heard them giggle and get along like perfect angels, my husband and I knew that we were going to have this fourth baby thing down. After the baby was fed, burped, changed and back to sleep, we went downstairs to find the three boys walking barefoot on the entire hard wood kitchen and dining room floors, covered in pancake syrup. They made trails of syrup to follow throughout the two rooms. An entire bottle of Mrs. Butterworth's all over the floor. When we tried to clean it, it smeared. When we screamed at the boys to go upstairs and get in the bath, (thank you waking baby) they left sticky foot and handprints everywhere. There was no escaping Mrs. Butterworth's. She haunted us for days. I still shutter when I see her on aisle five at the grocery store.
The next time I hear the carpet cleaning commercial on the radio I'll have a laugh just like I did today. I always find myself dreaming of a perfectly clean home with gorgeous floors, walls and windows. I'm sure one day that will happen many years from now. I'll never, ever be able to eat pancakes without having a stare down with that bottle of syrup though. :)