Now I’m a mum and working from home, it’s so hard to find the time and energy to clean up! Sure it’s never a proper mess but I do like to keep on top of things the best I can. Not only is it better
Using the right products is the number one baby-friendly cleaning hack, it’s also important when you have pets too. You don’t want your new baby, toddler, or cats to do walking around bleach or putting their hands in a strong toxic cleaner. Imagine making your baby ill by simply cleaning? Instead, try eco-friendly cleaning products. You can even make them yourself, for example, try 1 part water, 1 part white vinegar and then you could add your chosen essential oil depending on what sort of smell you’d like.
Timing sounds unrealistic but once you get into a routine, you might be able to time your cleaning around nap times or bedtime. Cleaning when your child is out of the way might make it quicker and more efficient overall, especially if you don’t have to keep stopping and starting. If you could get a childminder for a few hours or help from a family friend, this could also be the right time for a quick cleanup. A lot of people are now opting to have cleaners in too. Not only does it save time, but it doesn’t always cost the earth. Find someone local and affordable, plus, they’re always happy to use whatever eco-friendly products you’d like!
Make it Fun!
Depending on the age of your child you could try making cleaning up into a fun game. ‘Let’s see how fast we can get all these back into the box’, ‘I bet you can’t get all of these toys collected in 15 seconds’. This might not work all the time but it’s definitely worth trying out! Plus you can try out different things like reward systems to make it seem more fun.