Howdy, folks! How’ve you been? Now that it’s April, we’re finally enjoying a day or two of spring weather once in a while. (Of course, it’s supposed to snow tonight. Longest. Winter. Ever! But 50s and sunny on Sunday, so I can endure it.) I hope the weather is delightful wherever you are.
So I finally put together a bathroom cleaning checklist for my older girls, ages nine and 11. I think this list is appropriate for children ages seven and up, give or take. I thought I would share it here for two reasons: 1 – It may help you or be useful, and 2 – You can critique it and tell me what I forgot. Download it here:
A few notes:
- Our bathroom cleaner is either a natural cleaner purchased at the store on sale or a homemade one made with half vinegar, half water + essential oils of choice (I like tea tree, orange, and/or lemon for bathroom cleaning) in a spray bottle.
- We do use standard sanitizing wipes from the store. There are more natural versions, such as those made by Seventh Generation, that we have also used, but they get expensive. This is one of the only places you will see us use disposable, conventional cleaning products. Viruses and bathroom germs make me a little crazy.
- We don’t make or buy a special window/mirror cleaner because a microfiber cloth works great. I have friends that use Norwex (also microfiber) cloths, too, and they like them. I just use the ones I already have. Dry microfiber is great for removing streaks and cloudiness.
- Lest you think I only change my hand towel once a week, allow me to reassure you: I change it once every 1-2 days, whenever I’m in there and thinking about it. With five children and only one main bathroom, it gets gross quickly, so I just change it myself.
- Why don’t the kids scrub the toilet and mop the floors? Good question. They are capable and those items could easily be incorporated into the kid list. But for our house, this works best. I like to mop the floors all at once myself or with family help, and it becomes a hassle to ask them to get out the Schmop and make a floor cleaning solution in the sink separately from when I do it. Just easier to fill the sink once a week myself and do all the hard floors at once (and our whole house is hard floors, by the way). As for the toilet, I’ve found that children often splash more germs out of the toilet than they actually clean, especially when they’re younger. Definitely something they should be trained to do, but again, I tend to clean the toilet several times a week myself when I’m thinking of it or noticing it. Takes me a minute or less. I think children of this age can easily be be taught to do these tasks, if that works better for your family.
If you find this checklist useful and would like more, or if you have critical feedback to leave, please comment. I wanna know how your kids are cleaning the bathrooms.