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15 Ways Your Kids Can Help Spring Clean

The following post is from Emily of Live Renewed:

15 Ways Your Kids Can Help Spring Clean

The more kids I have, and the more messes they make, and the older they get, the more grateful I am that I switched to homemade, non-toxic cleaning products all those years ago. Because, now when it’s time to do the deep cleaning around the house, I can have my kids help right along side me. I don’t have to worry about the chemicals they are coming into contact with or the fumes they are breathing in.

I can take advantage of the fact that at their young and tender ages (6, 4.5, and 1.5) they actually still think using a spray bottle and a wipe to clean is fun! They actually ask me to play “Soapy Bubbles” – the term we’ve given to the “game” of making up a bowl or  bucket of soapy, bubbly water that they get to use to mop and wipe up our floors. Woot! Mommy thinks this is a fun game too!

If you’re in the mood for some Spring Cleaning this time of year, be sure not to do it by yourself. With the right supplies on hand it’s easy to get your kids involved in making homemade cleaners and helping you clean around the house.

Get started by mixing up your own homemade cleaning solutions. {Here are my five favorite homemade cleaners.} Then have your kids get in on the fun with one, or several of these tasks! 

Here are 15 ways your kids can help you green spring clean all around the house:

1. Give them a microfiber cloth and they can dust all around the house.

2. Mix vinegar and water 50/50 in a spray bottle and let them spray it on the windows and wipe it off with a microfiber cloth.

3. Put a little baking soda on a damp cloth for them to scrub their crayon marks off the walls.

4. They can spray stained clothing in the laundry with homemade stain remover

5. Have them scrub tile grout with an old toothbrush and homemade soft scrub made with cream of tartar, castile soap, and hydrogen peroxide.

6. They can wipe just about any surface around the house with homemade multipurpose cleaner.

15 Ways Your Kids Can Help Spring Clean

7. Give them small broom or brush and dustpan to sweep the floors.

8. Let them sprinkle baking soda mixed with essential oils on the carpets and rugs around the house and if they’re old enough they can also vacuum it up.

9. They can clean the floors with soapy water and a mop or rag.

10. Run a sink full of warm water with dish soap and they can wash dishes.

emptying dishwasher

11. Or have them help with filling up and emptying the dishwasher. (Even my one-year old can help empty the dishwasher!)

12. Have them spray down the tub and shower every day with homemade daily shower cleaner.

13. Give them homemade disinfecting wipes to clean the bathroom sink and maybe the outside of the toilet too.

14. Let your kids use the vacuum, even if they don’t actually vacuum up much.

15. Have them help you fold your clean cloth rags and wipes.

All around the house there are tasks your kids can do to help you with spring cleaning this year!

How do your kids help you spring clean?

Emily McClements is passionate about living with compassion and caring for creation in a way that will impact the world. She is a blessed wife and mama to three young children, and blogs about her family’s journey toward natural and simple living at Live Renewed.