” For every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.”
I am a firm believer in having my kids help out around the house. They have chores they do on a regular basis, and chores they simply do when told. There are so many little tasks that you can hand off to a little one. Will it get completed perfectly? NO. Will it get done as fast as you can do it yourself? NO. Will it help you out? Yes.
I try to think outside the box for chores that my little helping hands can complete. In fact, once I thought I was punishing my child for coloring on a wall by making her scrub the walls with a sponge and soapy water. Then the next day she BEGGED to wash the walls again. Who am I to say NO to that fun???
The kids love to mop. But a typical mop bucket and mop can get very messy. (trust me, I learned from experience that my 5 year old was not ready for that job, when the entire 2 gallons of water spilled) I purchased a Swiffer a few years ago with coupons. It came with a pack of the disposable pads. I used it for certain instances. It was not my favorite, but was fun for a quick wipe down. However, those little pads are not the cheapest when you are buying them over and over and over.
Then, one day it hit me. I can make my own pads. This is just for a very quick wipe down, but it is great for my little helping hands. They get their fun kick of moping, and my floor just got wiped clean!
I simply take an old Bar Towel (rag), I put on my rubber cleaning gloves, and drench it in the hottest soapy water I can get from my sink. (The gloves help, because my water gets HOT) I squeeze it gently, leaving some water still in.
I wrap the rag around the mop, pock it in the “holes” and use a clothes pin to secure the extra pieces. Then I can simply toss it in the laundry when finished and reuse over and over.
My kids actually love to mop. It is mess free, and still allows them to mark off a chore on the list!
Got a Thrifty cleaning idea for around the house? Let me know!