Updated: Dec 19, 2022
Read this before you get messy with any mix containing flour!
It will save you an awful lot of time, a lot of pain and prevent broken, frizzy or even lost hair! I'm Candy and I have 15 years experience in the world of wam. I've cleaned up over 2000 private wam sessions (including ones so huge, the clean up took three days) and a further 350+ filming days without getting caught or leaving a trace in my house, my old rented studio or a hotel room on tours.
I'll teach you all my splosh related cleaning tips and tricks via this blog, starting with the peskiest. Flour. (peskiest to me anyway - cake batter is my favourite!)
What are those sticky blobs anyway?
If you’ve used flour or cake batter to get messy before, you likely had globs of gluten stuck in your hair, even if you couldn’t feel it right away. Yep, those weird squishy blobs are the gluten. It gets left behind once all the starch is washed away - and dries rock hard if you accidentally miss a spot.
This is a great video explaining gluten: Science: What is Gluten? Here's How to See and Feel Gluten https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDEcvSc2UKA
To Clean & Remove Bits, Blobs And Gluten Out Of Your Hair
While your hair is wet, be it with with mess or after some rinsing and shampooing, you will not be able to feel gluten blobs easily. So if you’ve used cake batter or flour, or flour and water mixed, it's best to just presume you DO have gluten stuck in your hair and proceed with these instructions regardless, even if you can’t feel anything weird. If it turns out you then don't comb any out, cool. If it turns out you do, you just saved yourself a lot of time, pain and hair breakage.
Rinse off the worst of the mess and shampoo at least once. If you have hair longer than ear length, apply lots of conditioner and grab a wide-toothed comb like the one pictured below. Don’t try to comb through with a normal comb. Be patient, and ideally let the conditioner soak into your hair for a while and wear a shower cap to keep the moisture in.
For example - I like to clean my body and get the worst out of my hair, slather on lots of conditioner, put on my shower cap and some 'cleaning up clothes' and then do some of the pool or bucket cleaning while I let the conditioner sink in. Then hop back in the slower later to comb out and do a final rinse of my hair.
Methodically use the wide-toothed comb, starting at the ENDS first and working up to roots.
Then you can use a tighter/smaller comb to get smaller bits out, rinsing the comb as you go.
Rinse the whole lot off and shampoo twice. This also applies to body hair and pubic hair, by the way.
If you have short hair
You can go directly to step three with the small/tighter comb and proceed from there.
If It’s Too Late & The Gluten Has Already Dried Solid In Your Hair...
Don't panic - just get your hair wet again, apply conditioner and a shower cap, and leave it on for 2 hours or as long as you can. Then proceed with the combing out, rinsing and shampooing method listed above. Don’t attempt to pull solidified gluten out of your hair unless you want to break and/or lose half of it!
What Are The Alternatives?
It is possible to avoid gluten altogether. The best alternative flour I’ve found is chickpea flour or gram flour. Other gluten free flours tend to be gritty and don’t give that lovely smooth cake batter effect. Or, as demonstrated in the video I linked, if you use flour specifically intended for making cakes, it has a much lower gluten percentage than all purpose or strong flours.
What About Boxed Cake Mixes?
The lovely @shokolada on twitter added to my twitter thread on this subject that using boxed cake mixes can work well too, including putting in the oil and other things it requires. Very true, and also a good option!
The box or packet mixes tend to be made with the aforementioned cake flour which is lower in gluten, thus resulting in less of it to attach to your hair. The only problem with box and packet mixes is the expense, especially if you are trying to make a bulk lot of cake batter. I love buckets and buckets of the stuff!
It’s cheaper to make your own cake batter for sploshing with regular all purpose flour, and if due to cost, you have no choice but to make your own gluten filled concoction same as me, at least now you know what to do now to get rid of those inevitable globs left behind!
Cleaning Up Cake Batter, Dough, Flour & Gluten
Cleaning Cake Batter & Flour Off Your Skin
It shouldn't be too difficult to remove sticky gluten and cake batter from your skin. I highly recommend using those plastic loofahs or bath puffs, pictured below. They are made of scrunched up plastic mesh and are excellent for removing any mess from skin, or use a soft bristled body brush. Add lots of warm water and shower gel or soap.
I recommend having a mirror within your line of sight in the bathroom so you can visually check for any missed areas. A super thin coat of washing up liquid on a soft cloth applied to the mirror pre session will stop it fogging up with steam.
Common areas I used to miss when cleaning up after wam sessions and filming were backs of arms, flanks, backs of legs and ankles. Always check every single crevice of your ears too!
Cleaning Up Items & Objects
Buckets & Tools
To clean cake batter off buckets you need a hose or tap with good water pressure to blast the clinging areas off, and/or a good stiff washing up brush. Don’t try to do it with your hand or a flannel, you’ll be there all day! Microfibre cloths are good to get any last bits and help dry them off, but not for the initial washing. Don’t forget the outside of the buckets, bottoms of buckets and under the rims. If any stuff has dried on, just let it soak in the tub for a little while.
Getting Cake Batter Cleaned Off Floors
If it’s carpet, then use a microfibre cloth and a little spray of water or clear antibacterial spray. Make sure you don’t use anything with bleach unless you know the carpet is certified for safe bleach use.
For laminate flooring, lino, tile or stone, microfibre cloths are your friend. Same for any splashes that have got onto a wall or door, or door handles etc.
If any splashes have dried, soak a microfibre cloth or a few sheets of kitchen roll with your cleaning spray and leave it on top of the dried mess for about 30 minutes. When you return it will just wipe away. If anything is still stuck, soak it again and use your stiff brush. On most ‘washing up’ brushes, there is a flat side on the bristly head that can be used to scrape without scratching. Dry the area afterwards.
Cleaning Cake Batter Off & Out Of Inflatable Pools
If you want to clean and save the pool
My general pool cleaning advice applies here, which is:. Scoop up your leftovers into buckets, watering it down and mixing it around to thin it if need be. Then tip it down the drain or flush it down the loo. (if connected to a normal waste water system - if you have a septic tank, there is separate advice for you further down)
Tip at least half a bucket of warm soapy water into your pool, and give it a good scrub around with a stiff brush. When done, scoop all that out too and tip or flush it away. Keeping the pool inflated the whole time, clean the sides of the pool with a few microfibre cloths, a soft brush and a cleaning spray.
Then with it still inflated, stand it up against a wall and use cleaning spray and likely several microfibre cloths all over it.
Dry it thoroughly with towels and ideally kitchen roll as well, and then allow it to air dry, still inflated, before trying to pack it away.
Caution: If any moisture remains when you deflate and fold it to store it, it will go mouldy.
If you want to throw away the pool
Using a small pool and a bucket or less of porridge/other mess in total
You may be able to pop/deflate the pool and put the whole thing into a bin bag with the mess still contained within. If you do this, secure it inside one bin bag first and then put it inside another and secure that too, to be sure of no leaking.
I use three bin bags with this method, and with any other messy things that have to be thrown away, especially if you need to take it to the tip. I keep this to a minimum and only do it in a pinch though, as it's so wasteful of a plastic pool and not great for the environment.
If you use a large inflatable pool and a large amount of mess
You'll need to scoop out and flush everything before trying to bag it, or it will be too heavy. 10 litres is one bucket, and is the equivalent of at least 10kg. Even if you are strong enough to lift it easily, you risk the bin bag tearing if the contents are too heavy. Trust me, that is not fun!
Flushing The Leftovers
If you are connected to a normal waste water system you can flush pretty much everything except oil. If you have a septic tank or very oily wam substances to dispose of, please see the separate advice below.
I have never happened upon a loo that can’t handle mess being flushed down it. If any appears to be blocking the loo, use a sink or bath tap to fill a bucket with water and pour the water from a height on top of the blockage… wiggle around a loo brush too, or even your hand if it comes to it.
Flush after each bucket, and make sure you give time for the loo tank to refill before expecting it to flush again. Repeat this as necessary and then check after an hour or two that nothing remains in the bottom of the loo. If you are disposing of very thick gunge, it may be better to only half fill your buckets when scooping out, and mix water into each one so that it becomes runnier and flushes easier.
If you have a septic tank, you won’t be able to flush leftovers down the loo. Instead you will need a series of bags, and absorbent puppy pads, or wood pellet cat litter. Use as much as it takes to absorb all your leftovers. Triple bag it all with very strong bin bags, securing each layer, and take it all to your local tip, to the general waste area.
Cleaning Cake Batter & Flour Out Of Clothes
Ideally take or wear your mucky clothes into the shower with you to rinse them off a little and squeeze them out. Be careful with water temperature if any items are dark in colour, in case the colour runs.
Then wrap them up in a large clean towel or two, or drop them into a clean bucket so they don’t drip on the way to your washing machine.
Be mindful of the weight, as wet or sploshed clothes are often heavy, so don't overload your machine. Give them one washing cycle with no laundry liquid, and then another washing cycle or two with the usual amount of laundry liquid and fabric conditioner.
Cleaning Cake Batter & Flour Out Of Underwear, Lingerie, Tights & Stockings
If you fill cheap tights or stockings with cake batter, dough or floury mixtures it's easiest to just throw them away. The washing machine won’t be able to wash away all the sticky goo, and gluten will remain trapped in some parts of the nylon.
If the tights were expensive or you really want to save them, rinse them in the shower, turning inside out too to get all the globs washed away and then put them in a zip up mesh laundry bag, separate from everything else, before machine washing as usual
It's especially important to keep them separate from bras or anything with clasps or fastenings, as they will get snagged, rip and be difficult to untangle.
You could also keep them separate to hand wash on their own. Bras, teddies, babydoll nighties, basques etc all need their own zip up mesh laundry bags, or like with tights and stockings, keep them separate for thorough hand washing individually.
Cleaning Cake Batter & Flour Off & Out Of Shoes
You can wash most shoes in the sink with warm soapy water as though you were washing dishes. Some shoes, like trainers and flat ballet pumps can instead be put into a zip up mesh laundry bag and washed in the washing machine.
To dry shoes, stuff them with newspaper or kitchen paper and leave them somewhere warm, but away from direct heat
Cleaning Cake Batter & Flour Out Of Wigs
For wigs, hand washing is best. Be very gentle and use shampoo twice, rinsing each time. Then liberally soak it with hair conditioner and leave it for at least 30 minutes.
Brush it out gently with a wet brush or wide toothed comb, and graduate to a tighter comb if any gluten blobs are stuck - a wet brush is a great invention and is the name of the brand. It's very gentle and good for head hair too.
After shampooing and brushing, rinse it thoroughly and wrap it in a towel, then apply pressure to dry it a little. Do not rub it.
Then keep away from direct heat to dry it, preferably hanging on something rounded to help it keep its shape, like a mannequin head.
Cleaning WAM sessions can be a pain but with the right tools, preparation and knowledge you'll breeze through it and one will ever be any the wiser. Handy if like many people who took my recent survey, you only ever splosh in secret or hotel rooms and absolutely have to leave no trace.
My next blog article will be all about getting rid of the lingering dairy smell after sploshing with custard or other dairy items. If you had or plan on having milk or cream in your cake batter, look out for and read that advice too!
The article after that will be specific advice about cleaning up oily items, and then some tips and tricks for successful hotel room sploshing.
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