6 Easy Cleaning Skills to Teach Your Kids

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Let your kids learn some basic household chores by teaching them these easy cleaning skills.

Having a clean home is nearly mission impossible when you have kids, except if you teach them simple cleaning skills to help you out when you have an endless list of tasks. Cleaning experts suggest teaching kids simple cleaning skills, such as keeping and organizing their toys, making their beds, and folding clothes. Plus, kids are fast to learn, and you’re helping them understand how to be responsible.

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Doing Laundry

Kids as young as 2-years old can help you sort clothes. It’s a nice way to teach your kids how to sort items and turn them into a game. If you have kids around 6 or 7 years old, you can teach them how to fold clothes and ask them to help you load and unload the washer. Of course, you’ll be there to guide them. By 10 or 11 years old, they can fully load the washing machine with little supervision. It’s best to teach your kids at a young age about laundry tasks, so they know the entire process. They’ll learn how to organize their clothes and even clean the washing machine or dryer.

Make a Bed

One of the cleaning skills you should teach your kids is how to make their beds. Simply start by showing them how to arrange the pillows and blanket. Once they’ve learned the whole process, let them have the freedom to make their bed according to their preferences, such as how they want to arrange their stuffed animals and pillows.

Mop the Floor

Mopping the floor is best for older school-aged kids, like 9 or 10. Teach them how to prepare the mop water, how to wring out a mop, when to rinse, how to mop tough spots, and how to clean and store the mop and bucket.

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Remove Clutter

One of the most useful cleaning skills to teach your kids is to declutter their toys and other stuff. Help them throughout the process by asking questions if they want to keep the toy, donate it, or sell it to save up for a new toy or something else they want to buy.

Sweep the Floor

If your kid is around 7 or 8 years old, teach her/him how to sweep the floor by showing the proper way. For younger kids, you can ask them to help you by bringing the dustpan or even pointing out dust that you’ve overlooked.

Washing Dishes

One of the cleaning skills to teach your kids is to wash the dishes or how to use a dishwasher. Even kids at 5 or 6 years old can be taught how to scrape and rinse the plates. 7-8 years olds can help with drying the dishes and putting them away. By 9-10 years old, your kid is ready to learn how to load a dishwasher and how to wash dishes. Of course, you’ll be there to supervise them throughout the process.

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