Kid-Friendly Task 1 – Dusting
Finally, a way to use lone socks that have lost their mate! Have your children slip their hands into old socks to use as handy dusting “mitts” to clean the surfaces in their bedrooms. Make sure to move any items from dressers, nightstands and the like to ensure every spot gets a thorough cleaning. We love to use Pledge Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner, as it can be used on just about any surface in any room: glass, wood, stainless steel, granite and more.
Kid-Friendly Task 2 – Washing Windows
Any home with children is likely to have visual proof of their presence on windows and glass doors. Washing windows and doors is another terrific task to delegate to your little helpers!
For a chemical-free, all-natural cleaning method, simply mix together equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. The 32-ounce All-Purpose Spray Bottles from The Home Depot are perfect for mixing, as they contain handy markings on the exterior of the bottle to show exactly how much of each ingredient you need to add. It’s always nice to be able to take some of the guesswork out of things!
To clean, spray the solution onto the glass, and wipe clean with Bounty Paper Towels for a simple and eco-friendly window-cleaning method perfect for little hands.
Kid-Friendly Task 3 – Cleaning Under Beds
Their smaller bodies make children perfect candidates for cleaning thoroughly in spots that are often too hard to reach for adults! Enlist the help of your children to clean out from under beds, discarding any items that need to be tossed and using a hand-held vacuum to get rid of any dust that has accumulated there.
Kid-Friendly Task 4 – Cleaning Under Couch Cushions
Look under the couch cushions of a majority of homes with children, and you are likely to find and abundance of stray toys and crumbs. Put kids to work cleaning those spaces, giving them the task of putting any items that have fallen under the cushions in their proper places, and then using a hand-held vacuum to get rid of any crumbs and dust. Our Black & Decker Dust Buster Hand Vacuum has plenty of suction to take care of all of it!
Kid-Friendly Task 5 – Disinfecting Hard Plastic Toys
Being confined indoors all winter likely means favorite toys have been put to good use–and are covered in germs to show for it. Task children with disinfecting these items to start the spring off with a clean slate! To make a child-friendly, all-natural disinfectant, mix together 1/4 cup vinegar, 1 cup water, and 10 drops of melaleuca essential oil (also known as tea tree oil) in an All-Purpose Spray Bottle. Spray the solution directly onto toys, and wipe away with a clean cloth. It’s simple, effective, and free of harmful ingredients!
Kid-Friendly Task 6 – Cleaning Baseboards
Baseboards in family homes, and especially in high-traffic areas, tend to accumulate quite a bit of grime over time. To tackle this area, give children the task to cut old cotton t-shirts into squares to use as cleaning cloths. (If children are too young to wield sharp scissors, like these Fiskars Titanium Straight Scissors, this should be done by an adult.) In a spray bottle, mix together 2 tablespoons borax and 1 quart hot water, shaking well to combine. Spritz the solution on the baseboards, and use the t-shirt cleaning cloths to wipe clean.
Kid-Friendly Task 7 – Cleaning Stray Crayon Marks
Even when small Picassos decide to create their latest masterpiece on the wall or table, there is a terrific, all-natural way to get rid of those stubborn marks, and doing so is easy enough even for very small helpers. Place 2 tablespoons of baking soda into a bowl, and mix with 1 tablespoon warm water to form a paste. Dip a clean rag into the paste (the t-shirt rags from step 6 work great here), and gently scrub the mixture over the marks. Wipe away any of the excess baking soda paste with a wet, clean rag. This really works like magic to remove marks from any number of surfaces!
Kid-Friendly Task 8 – Cleaning Rugs
Remove indoor rugs to the outdoors, and lay them flat on a porch or sidewalk or drape them over a fence or railing. Give children a broom with the instructions to sweep and beat the rugs to their hearts’ content. The HDX Wide Angle Broom is perfect for this task, as it is large enough to get the job done in a snap, but light enough for little hands to hold easily. This is an energetic, giggle-inducing task that many children will love, and the dust gotten rid of the in the process will make it a win for all!
Kid-Friendly Task 9 – Washing Out Trash Cans
Warmer weather makes many children want to play in the water. Give them a chance to do so while also wrapping up a necessary cleaning task! Trash cans can become very dirty over time, and a cleansing with Method Lavender All-Purpose Cleaner and water from the hose is just the ticket to get them back in tip-top shape.
Place the empty cans in the yard, and have kids squirt cleanser all over each one before spraying with the garden hose. When the inside has been thoroughly sprayed, empty out the water and allow the cans to dry in the sunshine.
Kid-Friendly Task 10 – Purging the Refrigerator
Have children bone up on their reading skills by checking out the expiration dates of items in the refrigerator and discarding anything that is out of date. Once the purge is complete, you can even use a t-shirt cloth and the disinfectant spray from task 5 to make the fridge sparkle and shine!
Children will gain a new appreciation for the workings of a household when they put a bit of elbow grease into keeping the house in tip-top shape. Make the tasks fun by playing some music as the work is done, and then go out for a fun dinner together once the work is finished. You’ll all deserve it!