I’ve come to realize that my expectations for cleaning the bathroom are wildly different than what my kids think.
I mean, why am I even shocked?
But, at least it led to a printable bathroom cleaning checklist for kids!
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I made the bathroom checklist because I saw a great reminder recently. If you’re frustrated with anything in your life, it’s because of your systems (or lack thereof). Something isn’t working because either you haven’t created an effective system, or you’re not following through on one you have.
It’s SO TRUE! And it comes into play in everything (kids, work, house). In this case, I had no system to begin with. So, let’s change that!
Why a Bathroom Cleaning Checklist for Kids?
First, here’s why we need this bathroom checklist for kids!
1. Bathrooms are gross! And I’m going to be honest here, I will not regularly clean my kids’ bathroom anymore. They are old enough to clean up after themselves.
2. A checklist makes the expectations crystal clear. There’s no confusion, no nagging, and no argument with mom. WIN!
How We Use the Checklist
For us, I laminated the checklist, and put it in the cabinet underneath the sink with the cleaning supplies and a dry erase marker. However, if you don’t have a laminator, a page protector also works well!
How do I get my child to clean the bathroom?
Their overall responsibilities are also tied to privileges, which is important for motivation.
The Printable Bathroom Cleaning Checklist
Now, I once heard that it’s important to clean from top to bottom, since everything from the top gets the bottom dirty. Whether that’s true or not, it’s how I like to work now. So, the jobs go in that order.
Here’s what’s on the free kids checklist for bathroom cleaning:
- Clean the mirror
- Wipe the sink, faucet, counter
- Wipe down the shower/bathtub
- Clean the toilet bowl
- Clean the outside of the toilet
- Clean the floor
- Take out the trash
- Replace the towel
I made little notes under the headings to further explain what I expect! Hopefully, that makes it less likely they’ll ask a thousand questions too.
Get the Bathroom Cleaning Checklist pdf HERE
A Bathroom Cleaning Kit
Putting together a bathroom cleaning kit is another great idea to make things easiest for them and YOU. So, gather your supplies below and stick them in a simple caddy to put with your checklist!
Kids Bathroom Cleaning Supplies
Mirror cleaner: I prefer cleaners for the kids with less chemicals, but I’m no expert! For me, the homemade recipes for mirrors have never worked as well. So right now, they’re using the Method brand.
Rags: These low-cost microfiber cleaning cloths are soft, absorbent, and long-lasting.
Bathroom gloves: A good set of gloves (or several) are a MUST if kids are cleaning a toilet!
Paper towels: Throw away paper works well for certain bathroom jobs like the toilet.
We also use this homemade recipe for an all purpose/antibacterial spray:
- 3 cups of water
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 2 tsp. soap
- 10-20 drops lavender oil
- 10 drops tea tree oil
I use it for light cleaning jobs. Here are more homemade cleaner recipes.
Toilet scrubber: This bowl brush comes with a place for a plunger too, so it’s all in one!
Broom: A broom and dustpan that’s easy for the kids to use is ideal.
Mop: If kids are mopping the floors, make sure the mop is lightweight and durable.
Tips for Kids Bathroom Cleaning Success
Finally, here are a few ideas to further make this kids job better!
Adjust for Younger Kids
Do you have little ones? Cross off the jobs that are too much for them, and/or split up the tasks between multiple kids. You’ll still have a cleaner bathroom, and be teaching them useful skills!
Use Rewards if Needed
Are the kids not responding well to cleaning the bathroom? Perhaps they need a little motivation! Try one of these easy rewards to inspire them or let them pick from one of this free kids coupon printable when they’re done.
Model & Be Patient
Like EVERYTHING with kids, it takes a few times for them to understand and implement well. So, model what they need to do, and how it should look in the end. They’ll need reminders later too, because they’re KIDS.
Next, we all love to feel we did a good job when we worked hard. So, give your kiddos a hi-5 or tell them you appreciate how well the job was done.
Let Stuff Go
And finally, this isn’t the time to be a perfectionist. Yes, they need to learn how to do the job well. But, well and perfect are two different things when it comes to kids.
Plus, this is meant to alleviate stress, not add to it. Sometimes the best thing mom can do is let something go!
To Consider With the Bathroom Cleaning Checklist
I hope this printable inspires you to let the kids help more!
Not only does it make mom’s life a little more manageable, but your kids are learning to contribute to a team, and gaining life skills in the process. It’s a win-win!
Will you use this cleaning the bathroom checklist printable?
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