Your Guide to Spring Cleaning With Kids

  • Ahhh, spring. All that sun and fresh air breathes new life. It’s invigorating, and often the catalyst to that really solid, annual house clean. Maybe you’ve just moved into your new home or planning to leave your old one, whatever the case: it’s time to get down and dirty.

    Not so easy when you have littles running around demanding attention; mutually hazardous to your household cleaners as they are to your precious ones. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get your home to a gleaming shine. Here’s a few of our top tips to get you started. Happy Cleaning!

    1. If you have infants or toddlers, either choose a low key time of day when the kids are napping, or history has proven it’s the best chance they’ll be in a good mood (read: not clingy). Prioritize your list, and take it one at a time!  
    2. Give them something to do! It’s easy to pick up a child-sized mop or play vacuum at the toy or even dollar store. But the best ones? Yours: because inevitably, they can tell the difference and want to be just like you. So give them free reign in a zone you’re comfortable with, hand over the mop, duster, or a cloth and tell them you “need” a particular task done. They’ll love feeling helpful, and you can get some real cleaning done at the same time.
    3. The sunshine might be beautiful and warm, but it can also shine a glaring light on the filth that’s accumulated on your windows. Mix up a vinegar and water solution in a spray bottle, and you’ve got yourself a kid-friendly, green cleaner that works better than any chemical you can buy at the store. Attach a spray bottle to your outdoor hose, put the kids in their swimsuits, and indulge in a water fight while you wash your outside windows!
    4. For a more extensive list of green cleaners, check out Healthy Child Healthy World’s DIY recipes for oven, tub and tile, and mold and mildew cleaners, as well as furniture polish. All the ingredients are easy to find in your home; so save a shopping trip, as well as the planet.
    5. Out with the old: make a game out of de-cluttering. Label your bins Keep, Give Away, and Garbage, then see who can fill theirs the fastest. Keep it going right out of the house by listing your Give Away items on Craigslist or a swap sight to reduce waste and re-love old possessions.

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    Photo courtesy of Barrett Hall

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