When it comes to teaching children anything, the key is to break things down into small steps, demonstrate how to do it and practice, practice, practice! My teens are capable of cleaning the kitchen with no direction and leaving it looking beautiful. These days they are busy with school and work, and it is about time my “little kids” learn to clean the kitchen themselves. So recently, I have been teaching Mordecai (12), Jubilee (12), Hezekiah (10), Avi (9) and Tucker (9) to clean the kitchen properly.
1. Break down the steps!
I created a cool checklist and have it posted in our kitchen. The kids are able to go through the process step by step. You can download it here: Kitchen Checklist (hand wash) or Kitchen Checklist (dishwasher)
2. Have the right tools. I don’t use sponges, because I worry about the bacteria in them. I love these little scrubbers though! I was thrilled at Walmart to find coordinating: scrubbers, dish towel, cup-scrubber-thingy and Palmolive® Multi Surface.
Palmolive® Multi Surface eliminates 99.9% of bacteria (*staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica and E. coli ((157:H7)) from dishes and hard non porous kitchen surfaces. I love that the multi surface cleaner means one cleaner in the kitchen for both surfaces and dishes. Keep things simple when teaching kids.
3. Check the details!
I don’t know about your kids, but mine don’t seem to even see the little details when they are cleaning. My kids most often: leave gross junk in the sink and leave draws half open.
4. Practice, practice, practice!
With twelve people living at home, you can be assured my kids get plenty of practice!
How old were your kids when they started doing dishes? Do you prefer a multi surface cleaner, or using separate products?