I use Room Cleaning Systems in my house. I type up a list of things to do and what order to do them in and place them somewhere in the room so that they can be easily accessed. This is a great way to teach older children how to follow directions and learn how to clean a room. Its also a great reminder if you’re trying to teach yourself how to clean thoroughly, you just read and follow the list of duties til its done.
You can develop a Room Cleaning System for any room in your house, even the garage and deck.
Here is an example of my Bathroom Cleaning System. The beauty of these Systems is that anyone in the house who can read can use them. Walk your children through the system a time or two and use it together. Then, type or write them up and post them in the room in a hidden spot. When its time to clean, you can point your family member to the paper and let them go.
I’ve had a lot of success in helping my children do their chores with room cleaning systems, I’ve even made one with them for their own rooms. Try it yourself and see what you think! First, think of everything you do when you clean the bathroom. Decide how involved your system will be; will it be a general cleaning or a heavy duty cleaning? Then make a list of those things you do to clean from the very first thing to the last, in some kind of logical order.
My Bathroom Cleaning System is a general cleaning, not a heavy duty one, and it is done three times a week because we have several people in the house.
Bathroom Cleaning System:
Get your tools ready: cleaner, vinegar spray, several clean rags, broom
Pick up the room.Take out all dirty laundry and towels.
Run a sink of hot water and add 1/4 cup cleaner.
Pour 1/2 cup cleaner in commode to soak.
Take out the trash, fill the trash can with cleaner and water to soak of needed, if not give it a quick rinse and set it outside to air while you clean.
Pick up rugs, shake and lay outside the room.
Using the sink of cleaner and a cleaning rag, wipe down the sink, fixtures, commode, mirror, door knobs, door frames, window frames and tile walls.
Wipe down the sink cabinet.
Run the shower into the tub briefly to get it wet. Add scrubbing cleanser or spray on cleaner. Let sit while you continue.
Scrub around the bottom of the commode.
Using a clean rag, clean the tub and tub surround. Spray shower curtain with vinegar.
Change your wash water if needed.
Wash the sink.
Sweep the floor
Wash the baseboards or the area where the floor and wall meet.
Scrub the floor. ~~~~~~~~
To rid your bathroom of mold, without using bleach, mix about 2 ounces of Borax and a cup of white vinegar. Put it in a spray bottle and spray the mixture directly on the mold. Allow it to sit for 20-60 minutes. Wipe it off. Repeat if needed. To keep mold from growing, spray mold-prone areas with straight vinegar frequently and allow it to dry.
I don’t allow my children to use bleach to clean, so if the bathroom needs disinfecting or bleaching I do it myself. Be careful if you use bleach and remember not to allow it to be mixed with other cleaners.
I think you should try to make your own Room Cleaning System now … and let me know how it works, how you changed it to fit your family.
Next week we will clean the hallways, entryways and other room of your choice.
I will be drawing the name of the winner of the apron and dishtowel later today and will announce it tomorrow morning! Come back to see!