Get Kids Cleaning!

Get Kids Cleaning!

Little Treehouse’s Weekly Fun and Stressless Project: Cleaning with Safe, Homemade Cleansers


Getting your children to clean up their toys is one thing–and that thing is difficult. But give them homemade, non-toxic cleansers to wipe down windows, countertops, even bathtubs, and chores are tranformed into Mary Poppins-like fun. (Well, maybe not quite that fun–but fun!) 

Making homemade, non-toxic is incredibly easy. To make a surface-cleaner, simply fill up a clean, empty plastic spray bottle with equal parts water and distilled white vinegar, adding a few drops of whatever essential oil you like (lemon, grapefruit, and lavender are good choices). Shake and go! Using crunched up newspapers as wipes, children can spray and clean mirrors, windows–any glass surface. Also, old, stained, or ripped tee-shirts make great rags for cleaning countertops. Obvious safety note: Make sure kids don’t spray themselves in the eye! It’s not toxic, but it stings like heck.

Scouring powder? Just use plain, old baking soda. Big bags can be procured at Costco or similar discount warehouses, cheaply. Scoop out a plastic bowl-ful, and let kids clean bathtubs with scratchy sponges. Again, obvious safety note: Make sure the powder stays away from kids’ eyes.











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