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You know what’s great about having toddlers around? They actually want to clean! It’s a treat to them. So much so that I’m giving my littles cleaning baskets for Valentine’s Day because I know they’ll adore them – not because the net result will be a cleaner home for me (that’s just a bonus).
Actually, I already gave my tots a sneak peak of the goods so I could show you how much they loved their new kits… Love them they did and I’m positive your kids will feel the same.
Unless they’ve outgrown the cleaning stage that is. I’m not entirely sure when that happens but I do know that if you attempt to gift this to your 13 year old, you’re going to be the recipient of some serious eye-rolling.
Want the details on just what’s in our basket (and a few shots of the kids cleaning with glee)? I’m happy to oblige…
The inspiration for these kits came from a few places. First, I’ve been meaning to make S and C their own cleaning caddies ever since Kaley first posted on the idea for us. Second, I kind of have a tradition of coming up with candy-free holiday gifts – see here and here for two examples.
I picked up everything I needed at our local grocery store (QFC in case you have one locally). The baskets were from the Valentine aisle and everything else was readily available in the cleaning aisle:
- Method all-purpose cleaning spray (lavender and pink grapefruit)
- Dish sponges (I thought the pink stripes were especially festive)
- Microfiber dish clothes
In each basket, I left one sponge intact and turned one into a sponge ball. I made these sponge balls for the kids as bath toys a few years back and they were a big hit so I figured including them would only up the cleaning fun.
To make: simply cut your sponge into strips, tie some floss around the center, and twist.
That’s it – the easiest, lowest-prep Valentine basket ever! And, as predicted, the kids couldn’t get enough.
First it was the table, then the cupboards, and finally the sink. And, no, they didn’t want to stop there but it was time for S’s nap. Actually, the kids were so exuberant in their spraying and wiping (in typical toddler fashion) that I may decide to water down the method spray tonight. That way they can still spray away without totally overdoing it.
It’s not too late to pull together your own Valentine Cleaning Kit. The kind folks at method are offering up this $1 off coupon on their all-purpose spray to help – making it only $2.99 for 28 oz. Just use the code APCBLOG at checkout here.
Question of the Day
How do you get your kids involved in the cleaning? Suggestions from parents of tots and older kids would be equally appreciated!
P.S. Looking for more creative ideas? Check out The Make & Play Vault!