Kids are back to school, which means that schedules are busier than ever both for little ones and their parents. From homework, to packing lunches, to projects, to after school activities, there’s not much time left for housework. Plus, laundry. So. Much. Laundry.
But what if your child not only helped with cleaning around the home, but actually *gasp* liked cleaning? It’s not just a fantasy parents have while scrubbing a plastic sandwich box that has been forgotten in the bottom of a backpack over a long weekend (I can smell the rotted bread just from typing this sentence). Getting kids to like cleaning is possible with products that are easy to use and, in some cases, fun to look at. Much like buying a new workout top to motivate yourself to get to the gym, sometimes kids need a cool and useful product to find their inner cleaner.
Here are 13 products that will have your kids willingly completing their chore list.
13 products that will actually make kids want to clean
SCRUB DADDYYou can’t put a price on cleanliness, but you can put a price on the Scrub Daddy sponge. It’s $5.99 and that’s all it takes to trick your kids into thinking that cleaning dishes is fun. Maybe we should start putting smiling faces on more cleaning products. Can we put a smiling face on our taxes as well?
$5.99 at Canadian TireScrub Daddy
SWIFFER DUSTERS HEAVY DUTY SUPER EXTENDERWe asked a handful of parents about their child’s favourite cleaning product and the Swiffer Dusters Heavy Duty Super Extender was the unanimous pick. One mom said that if you remove the middle bar out of the telescoping handle, it’s the perfect size for a preschool aged cleaning assistant. Peppa Pig toys aren’t free.
$12.99 at Canadian TireSwiffer
DYSON CYCLONE V10 ABSOLUTE CORD-FREE VACUUMYour kids will actually want to vacuum with the Dyson V10. Thanks to its sleek design and lightweight material that comes in at under 6 pounds, little helpers will be able to race around corners without worrying about tripping on cords.
$799.99 at Dyson Canada's websiteDyson
CYBER CLEANSeeing a jar of slime in the house gives most parents terrifying flashbacks of trying to get the sticky stuff out of carpets, but what about a slime that cleans? De-grossify (we’re trying to make it a word) keyboards, cell phones, remotes and more with Cyber Clean, the goo you and your kids will love.
$38.00 at AmazonAmazon
MOP SLIPPERSDoes your little one refuse to do more than the ‘bear’ minimum when it comes to cleaning? Try Mop Slippers, which are available in a variety of colours and animal faces. Kids can help clean the floors simply by walking on them, perfect for the sullenest of preteens.
$15.29 on AmazonAmazon
STORAGE BOXESKeeping bedrooms and playrooms tidy is much easier when kids have a way to organize their belongings. Your little ones can turn getting organized into a game with a set of cute storage boxes that help them put away their toys, books, and your car keys if you turn your back for a second.
$9.99 at IkeaIkea
BONGO BUDDY BASKETBALL HAMPERDirty laundry is more likely to end up in the hamper than on the floor when your kids can make baskets into the basket. See what we did there? It kinda worked. Slam dunking your dirty socks is much more fun than placing them in a regular old laundry hamper. Swoosh!
$19.99 at Bed Bath and BeyondBed Bath and Beyond
MIRACLEFOLD LAUNDRY FOLDERUnless your closet is a size that rivals Cher Horowitz’s in Clueless, your clothes likely need to be folded and put into dresser drawers. Enter, the MiracleFold, as in, this product is a miracle that makes folding laundry fun.
$32.99 at Bed Bath and BeyondBed Bath and Beyond
SIMPLEHUMAN VOICE AND MOTION SENSOR TRASH CANCleaning food off plates and collecting the recycling around the house will quickly become your child’s favourite job with the Simplehuman trash can that is voice and motion sensor activated. Open the trash can with the wave of a hand or by delivering a voice command. We’re pretty sure this is how they clean at Hogwarts.
$329.99 at Bed Bath and BeyondBed Bath and Beyond
SWIFFER WET JETThe perfect cleaning product for sound effects, the Swiffer Wet Jet is begging to be accompanied by “Pew pew pew!” sounds while your kids get your floors a shiny and clean with each spray of the dual nozzle cleaning system.
$29.99 at Canadian TireCanadian Tire
RUBBERMAID DUSTING MITTIt’s true – dusting can be fun. At least, it can be with the Rubbermaid Dusting Mitt. Your kids can do their best ‘Wax on, wax off’ impression, but in this case, dust off, dust off. High kicks optional.
$12.98 at AmazonRubbermaid
FRED AND FRIENDS BONE DRY LATEX KITCHEN GLOVESDoing the dishes doesn’t have to be scary. Get in the Halloween spirit early with these skeleton latex dish gloves, which will make your kids excited to do their chooooores.
$11.50 at AmazonAmazon
MOP REMOTE CONTROL CARYou can get creative with making cleaning into a game for your kids, or you can just straight up give them a game that cleans. It’s a remote-control car. It’s a mop. It’s a guaranteed way to get your kids to help clean up.
$40.72 at AmazonAmazon