Wash the floors? Yuck. Definitely one of my least favorite things to do and the last thing I want to do after my toddler (“J”) goes to sleep and I have a few hours to myself for the first time all day.
But what if I invited J to help me wash the floors?
Genius! He loves playing with water and frequently dumps our dog’s water bowl onto the floor before I can get there to stop him. He likes to sweep, vacuum, and wipe off the table. And now, I know that he likes helping wash the floor!
Medium-to-large unbreakable bucket or bowl
Pitcher or other container made with a spout for pouring
Rags (or scrubbing brush if preferred)
- Fill the pitcher or bowl/bucket with warm water and a small amount of white cooking vinegar. Vinegar is safe in small amounts, especially if watered down, so this is a safe cleaning mix for your child to work with (provided they don’t start drinking large quantities!). If you prefer, you can use only water.
- Be sure not to put too much water/vinegar into the bucket or pitcher. It should be a small amount so that if/when it is dumped on the floor, it won’t be a big mess.
- Give your child the pitcher and bucket, as well as a rag. Show him or her how to dip the rag into the water mixture and then scrub the floor.
- Your child may enjoy wiping the floor or may focus on the water, splashing it and/or pouring it back and forth. Fine! I let J pour the water back and forth from bowl to pitcher and then pitcher to bowl. Eventually, he dumped it all on the floor and asked for more. I simply put my rag into the water and used it to wash the floor after giving him some more water to play with!
Easy, cheap, and CLEAN! Who doesn’t love an activity that leaves your house cleaner than when you started, rather than messier?!