Nine More Months: 7 Cleaning Jobs Kids Can Do

Monday, April 14, 2014

7 Cleaning Jobs Kids Can Do

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I don't know if I ever mentioned it, but I really don't like cleaning. But I also have four kids so there is always something that needs cleaning. Or, more realistically, my house is always a disaster area. I strive to create a healthy home for my family, even though it's kind of a mess.

Just imagine if you had a tiny tornado that went all throughout your house every single day and only took a very short nap and could not be contained by gates or cages. Then your house would look a lot like mine. Oh, and that tornado answers to the name Morgan, and he's 21 months old.

Now that my two oldest boys are getting to the point where they're more independent, they actually do enjoy helping around the house. Maybe not all of the time, but they have their moments of extreme helpfulness. So of course I like to take advantage of those moments, and get them to do whatever I can. But I don't really like letting them use chemical-filled cleaners, so I look for brands that aren't filled with toxic ingredients.

I spotted the new Ology line at Walgreens and was super intrigued. All of the Ology products are endorsed by Healthy Child Healthy World, and are free of dyes, artificial fragrances, and all of these harmful chemicals:

  • Ammonia
  • Chlorine bleach
  • DEA (diethanolamine)
  • TEA (triethanolamine)
  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Formaldehyde
  • Nonylphenol ethoxylates
  • Triclosan
They're also reasonably priced, and each product gets you 1,000 balance rewards points, so after you buy ten you get a $10.00 reward. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me. 

As a parent, I feel like it's important to protect my kids from as much harm as humanly possible. Buying safe cleaning products is one of the easier ways to do that. And it's my social responsibility to choose sustainable products that keep the Earth clean for my children and for future generations to come. And to thank me for helping keep the Earth clean, my kids can help me keep the house clean.

1. Sweep and spot mop. Over the years I have met quite a few adult men who could not sweep a floor to save their life. What?! Not in my house. When the floor inevitably get covered in crumbs, my boys are usually able to a pretty good job of getting them into the dust pan. It definitely takes both of them, and it's nice to see them working together. Once they've swept up the floor, they can wipe up any sticky spots with some All Purpose Cleaner.

2. Clean spotty mirrors. I can't stand when the bathroom mirrors get all spotty. It's an easy cleaning job to do myself, but it's so simple that a child is able to do it even without a lot of supervision. I can just hand my five year old the bottle of Glass Cleaner and let him do it himself.

3. Sort the laundry. If you separate your lights and darks, you can delegate that job to your kids. We don't, but I do ask them to fill up the washer with "only towels" or "only clothes" and I have them put the socks in a lingerie bag so the washer doesn't eat them and break (again).

4. Wash and Fold laundry. Would you believe that my kids actually like to fold clothes? Well my five year old does. He's not exactly the best at it, but I let him do his own clothes because he's little and if they're a little messy in his drawer, it's not a huge deal. At least they get put away, so that's one less pile of clothes on my couch.

5. Wash their own dishes. I don't ask my kids to wash all of the dishes, but, after they have a snack or meal, it's not too difficult to rinse off a dish and put it in the dishwasher. Our dishwasher is broken at the moment, so I give them a little Dish Detergent and a scrub brush and ask them to do their part. I wouldn't mind if someone took care of the whole sink full, though.

6. Wipe down the counter. Kids really like helping in the kitchen. I try to include them in the cooking or prep work whenever I can. But it doesn't end there. After we're done cooking, I let them spray the counter with All Purpose Cleaner and then wipe it down with Tree-Free Paper Towels.

7. De-odorize the furniture. Did you know that kids are smelly? Every day is a constant battle against the stink. I let the kids spray the furniture and their bedrooms with some Odor Eliminator Spray to help keep the house smelling fresh.

(See that broken piece of my blinds? Courtesy of Tornado Morgan.)

Do you let your kids help with the cleaning? Do you make them help? What kinds of jobs do they do?

1 comment:

Texas Type A Mom said...

I totally need to start training my kids out of a job, but just end up doing it myself. My daughter loves to spray the cleaners but not actually wipe them up. #client