When the Dr. Pepper Rolls

I won't lie...I was feeling pretty smug last Thursday about how clean the house was.  A little touch-up painting, a little scrubbing, it was all good. We were having company for dinner on Friday night, you see. Pulled pork sandwiches, twice baked potatoes, green beans, stuffed jalapenos, and homemade ice cream. Sound enticing?


Well Friday morning I went and picked up all the essential items still needed for my friend and her husband to enjoy their time here. He loves Dr. Pepper, as most Texans do, so we had to have plenty of that...in cans because cans have a better burn. You understand this right?

Anybody who has had a love affair with DP knows where this is going.  A canned Dr. Pepper is pure sugary goodness that will explode like a volcano if you drop it.


And that's just what happened. I moved the box and 3 cans rolled out of the box...in agonizing slow motion...they fell to the ground...and burst... sending sugary syrup all over my kitchen.

All over the back of the couch.

The walls. The pictures on the wall.

The cabinets and the island.


Even the curtains!

You name it! There was Dr. Pepper everywhere! Oozing and stickyfying my clean house.



Let me just tell you, there was cussing. I won't lie. And then there was cleaning and mopping.

And mopping.

And mopping.

And I have mopped at least 10 times now. Still there is sugar shining on my walls and floor.

Taunting me. Saying, "Ha Ha. That's what you get for feeling all proud of yourself."

Any tips for removing Dr. Pepper from every surface?
The ants are here to help today. Ugh!!



55 comments

  1. Oh dear. It is kind of biblical you know...pride comes before a fall and all that. I have never vacuumed as much in my life as I do now with our puppy who sheds. It is a daily routine. xo, olive

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  2. Oh that is a funny story! I worry about spills all the time, especially milk, because it can flow under things that you can't clean unless you tear it apart, like the molding. Good luck cleaning it up.

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  3. Sorry I giggled..there is nothing worse than sticking to the floor...goodness knows I've done that! Once in Breckenridge I opened a package of pancake batter (the one in the plastic container) and it exploded all over me and the cabin kitchen. I don't cook well at high altitudes! I had wet hair so it stuck to me! My family laughed hysterically. I had to go take another shower..sticky mess. Cleaned it up for seems like days...sometimes I use a little white vinegar to help clean up sticky messes. Hope it didn't get in your keyboard!
    Miss Bloomers

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  4. I'm no help...wish I was close enough to help you mop again! But it will make a funny story...one of these days! Not today...or this week though! Sending you a 'sweet' hug...no, just a warm hug!

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  5. It's only when I clean that something always spills. Therefore, I don't clean...LOL

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  6. A spill in a very clean house is ten times more painful than a spill in a normal day house. I feel your pain!

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  7. Oh no! I feel your pain! I wish I had a magic cure for you.

    This will be one of those stories you and your friends tell for a life time.

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  8. So sorry about that sticky mess! The menu does sound fabulous, though! I hope you had a nice visit!

    Kathleen

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  9. Oh no, It sounds like that stuff is set on hanging around. Darn it:(

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  10. Oh no, It sounds like that stuff is set on hanging around. Darn it:(

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  11. Oh no, It sounds like that stuff is set on hanging around. Darn it:(

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  12. I am laughing because these are the kinds of things that happen to me!

    By the way your menu sounds amazing!
    We need all of your great recipes-

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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  13. Oh no! That has to be really frustrating to try and get it all off everything. I would have been cussing too.
    Brenda

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  14. Oh, I can truly say this has happened to me. Right when you don't need for it to happen! I'm sorry but I don't know what to use, maybe 409?
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  15. Oh dear! I feel for you. I would have been cussing too. No tips, sorry :)

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  16. Oh no! I can't even imagine the work that was involved in cleaning up the sugary spray, especially since you had already cleaned up to begin with! Ugh! And you know what, I hate to even say this, but I'll bet you'll find a bit more in the days to come (I know this from experience!!!!)
    Thanks so much for dropping by my site and leaving your comments about your camera. I appreciate it! (BTW, you're pictures are great!)
    Have a great rest of your week,
    Sharotte

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  17. Whoops..."your" pictures are great!

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  18. Oh no Stacy...isn't it always the case...things like that happen at the most inopportune times!...Like an oven breaking before guests arrived...that happened to friends of ours..and by the way, he is "pepper"...a real fan of Dr. Pepper...he carries his own can with him...and yes, can, he says the only way to drink it...So sorry you had to go through all of that!...

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  19. Oh no! I hate it when stuff like that happens. I once thought the lid was closed tight on a jar of picante sauce and I picked it up and shook it hard. Turns out, the lid was just sitting on top of the jar. I had picante all over the counter, floor, cabinets, even the ceiling! Not fun to clean up. I do love a good Dr. Pepper though. In a can, or course. :)

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  20. Oh my ... what a mess. Sorry that this happened.

    I do love your garden plants. I just wish I could get mine to grow like that.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  21. Oh no, Stacey! What a mess! I use vinegar to clean everything, so maybe that will help? I know that the ants hate it too! BTW, LOVE your kitchen, so gorgeous and those red chairs! I have two red barstools in my kitchen! Good luck! :)

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  22. Gosh, Stacey, I can only imagine the mess! I agree with the suggestion of vinegar and the hottest, soapy water that you can use. You may also want to try a little Goo Gone; and then, go over it with the vinegar and soapy water solution! Good luck!!

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  23. Oh my goodness! I feel your pain. Really I do. I HATE when something like that happens! I would be cussing too. My youngest son loves Dr. Pepper. It is his favorite drink. I'm just waiting for something like that to happen at my house!

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  24. Bless your heart, Stacey ... I can feel for you. One of the worst messes we've ever had to clean up was when a banana pudding "exploded" on my cooktop and the pan went straight up through the ceiling and the pudding went all over the kitchen, living room, drapes, and the rustic exposed beams separating the two rooms. What a mess! I was about 8-3/4 months pregnant, and was very lucky not to have been injured. Talk about learning a lesson the hard way! -- two pots together do not a double boiler make!

    I'm sorry that happened to your pretty clean kitchen.

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  25. I am so sorry your party had a little kink in it. I didn't know about Dr. Pepper and Texans. My husband isn't a Texan, but DP is his soda of choice.

    You reminded me of my baby shower. Steve and our friend's husband were taking the kids to a movie while the wife threw me a baby shower. It was HOT and she had left a case of soda in the car. The guys thought they would help and bring stuff in before they left. The case exploded all over the kitchen. They didn't think to clean the floor. She came down stairs from her shower and stuck to the floor as did everyone at the shower. But, the guys left without telling her and she had no idea what was going on.

    Is the moral that we should drink water?

    Oh, and I just want to add that I am impressed you make homemade ice cream as an everyday thing.

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  26. Not gonna lie, I was laughing while at the same time feeling sick about it for you....and ...of course you were cussing..:-)

    Still upsetting to think of it...
    Maybe some nice sweet tea next time?

    Hugs!!

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  27. Your header is so pretty & I think the name of your blog is super cute =) Have a good weekend. Hope you got all the sticky cleaned up ;)

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  28. O Dear!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! I have to tell you that i LOVE those red chairs!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  29. Oh gosh, Stacey...I'd have been belting a few choice words myself!!~~Angela

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  30. Hi Stacey! I'm still not giggling about your disaster before your company came! :)
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  31. A DP fan here, and I know of what you speak. I still have a few stains on the kitchen wallpaper. Good luck! Sorry this happened to your squeaky clean kitchen.

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  32. Oh, that does not sound like fun. Hope you've been able to get rid of the ants, too.
    ~Judy

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  33. I was immediately drawn to your beautiful red chairs - Oh, my! I know exactly how you must have felt! I have had a spill that I am still finding droplets here and there - it gets in everything! I was thinking vinegar and water - repeated rinses - try this site - http://home.howstuffworks.com/how-to-remove-soft-drinks-and-soda-stains.htm
    I am so delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  34. It is difficult to look at such beautiful pictures and feel sad for you all the while:) I can't imagine that situation. It took me back to years ago, when someone accidently knocked a small simmering pot of red fragrant wax off my kitchen counter. Times like yours, one does not forget. Wishing you the best!

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  35. Oh you're too cute! I understand that 'burn'. Only my addiction is Diet Coke. The diet helps for not such a sticky mess. The same thing happened in the kiddies play house. I had it all decorated so cute and the first time the grandies played in it. Our little 3 yr. old Jack wanted a root beer. Of course, grandma gave it to him. Isn't that what grandma's do? The whole can no less. I told him to share it with the other kids. There are little cups down there for them to share. Oh he was so excited that he dropped the can and yup, root beer everywhere! I was upstairs and didn't see. My dil was furiously cleaning it all up. Two weeks later I slid a cabinet out and root beer had ran all down the back. It's now been christened I guess!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  36. I've never dropped a can of Dr. Pepper OR Root Beer. Now you just watch..because I just wrote that, I WILL! Dang!!! I got all prideful and now I shall pay, pay, pay! :)
    Thank you for your sweet comment this morning!
    Hugs!
    Mona

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  37. Oh, no, Stacey. What a flippin' mess!!! :/
    I can only imagine how much work that was....
    Stacey, your home is so pretty! Does it feel like home yet? It's certainly looking like home!

    I covet your red dining room chairs....they are my favorite paint color....Gamblin's Perylene Red :D

    xo,
    RJ

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  38. Oh, Stacey! My stomach is in a knot just reading this! I know the feeling. I would have been crying. Well, screaming and crying. And then to read of the ants...my stomach clenched even more! Despite all that I hope you were able to enjoy your evening. You menu sounds delicious!

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  39. HI Stacey! So nice to hear from you and I hope you have a great weekend.
    be a sweetie,
    shelia :)

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  40. OH. MY. Gosh.

    I am physically cringing and hurting for you.

    That completely rots. You poor dear.

    Man, there is just never the feeling of "finished" with cleaning, is there? And THAT, well, just ugh.

    Comforting hugs to you.

    ~Michele

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  41. Oh dear, I feel your pain! That must have been a lot of mopping and wiping:( Wish I had a quick remedy to share with you for DP mishaps ;) Love the little tray on your counter with the lamp. Have a great weekend! Your new follower~Poppy

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  42. Oh, I would've been sick over this!! (But I love the entertaining way that you wrote about it!)
    See what you get for trying to do a nice thing for a friend?Ha! ;)
    Susan

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  43. OH! NO! Not a Good Thing! I feel for you, Stacey! That is not a good feeling...I KNOW!!!!! ;) Wish I knew of a secret to clean it all up and get rid of the ants, but other than MORE mopping, I don't! Good Luck to you!!! Nancy

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  44. Oh Stacey, I feel for you. Just when you get your house in tip top shape boom, soda everywhere. I thought you were going to say your friend's husband spilled his drink though! Ha!!

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  45. I can completely relate to your story! Just yesterday morning a full glass of grape juice fell on to the floor breaking the glass and sending sticky purple juice everywhere. Ugh. Several years ago, when my son was a toddler he threw an unopened can of root beer in the laundry room and the same type of DP explosion occurred. Just a few months ago hubby found some root beer residue on the laundry room floor when he moved the washer and dryer to install a new dryer hose. I could have sworn that we moved those during the initial clean up process... It seems like it never goes away! I hope you managed to get it all, though. It's absolutely no fun to clean up those messes and bad words are bound to happen with they do! :)

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  46. Oh, I feel your pain, Stacy. Recently I dropped a whole dozen eggs on the floor. I am still cleaning up sticky egg yoke. Hope you and the ants have it conquered by now. Your house looks wonderful though and I'm sure your guests never knew.

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  47. Good Morning Nancy, Oh no, how distressing, to have worked so hard and to have all your efforts ruined. The only advice I can give you for cleaning the surfaces, is using lots of water and washing-up liquid and plenty of elbow grease.
    I am so pleased to have found you, as I love the name of your blog, "Poofing the Pillows".
    I have become your 460th follower and I look forward to catching up with your posts.
    I would like to invite you to visit me at Ivy, Phyllis and Me! when you have a moment, as it would be lovely to see you there.
    Best Wishes to you,
    Daphne

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  48. Oh, you have my condolences. We had a 12-pack of DP on top of our fridge once that a cat shoved off and the same horrific situation ensued. It's nothing that can be forgotten easily.

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  49. I dropped and spilled a big bottle of apple cider one time in the kitchen. I mopped for days! Persistence is the only remedy.

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  50. Hey Stacey,

    Firstly, I loved this post for its very entertaining narrative! Secondly, I can SO relate! I love a clean house, everything just looks so much better (and expensive!;)). Thirdly, been there done that with the cans exploding, except in my case it's always been Coke, and it's just (if not more), sugary and sticky and SO sets me off on a cussing crusade!! And lastly, have you tried white vinegar and water, this is pure magic for EVERYTHING, never mind that smart aleck of a soda!!

    Good luck!

    Poppy

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  51. thanks for visiting my blog, and what a nice kitchen you have. I want some of those locker baskets kind of like what you have on your table, cute.

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  52. Just getting caught up my friend with some of your posts and had a good giggle with your Dr. Pepper kitchen! I love that drink too....now I am feeling thirsty all of a sudden! ha Diane

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  54. Oh my! I hope all this time later the stickiness has been totally "unstickiefied."

    Isn't that the way it always is...we get ahead of schedule and then.... yikes!! Sorry about your explosion. Hope your had a great time with your friends!!

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