Mud. Sand. Baked Beans. Paint. You name it – if it’s within easy reach and you’re not looking, chances are your little one will have it spread all over the place in seconds. That’s because little kids are inquisitive to learn and desperate to do things for themselves.
Kids want to touch, taste, smell, listen and look at everything and anything and their minds are expanding and developing at a rate of knots. Kids are hungry for information but they’re not exactly top of the class in hand-eye coordination, and their fear levels can be pretty non-existent at times. Which, besides making life extremely fun, can also make it incredibly messy. And, when you’re trying to keep up with everything else that life throws at you, this doesn’t always make for stress-free parenting. Still, there are things you can do to help limit the destruction and keep your house standing…
Isolate the fun
A happy kid is one who can run, jump, and let’s face it, be allowed to go a little bit crazy sometimes. A happy parent is one who doesn’t have to deal with the chaos of this happening all over the house. But going out all the time can be expensive, so if you’ve got a big enough space, it’s a great idea to ‘zone off’ an area of your house where the kids can have a little more freedom. Maybe that’s a section of the dining room, or it could be a patch of garden that you give them as their own. Whatever it is, if you’ve got a handle on it, keeping it contained will be much easier – and cleaning afterwards much quicker.
Get clean clever
According to an article by the Daily Mail, we spend nearly five hours every week cleaning our homes. That’s five hours that could be spent with our feet up, enjoying a good film, or indulging in a date night with our partner. We know which we’d prefer! So with this in mind, it makes total sense to get clean clever and invest in something that is versatile, practical, and that delivers outstanding results.
Steam cleaners seem to be the way to go and there are quite a few out there. The Karcher steam cleaner is one which makes light work of household chores. It delivers a deep-down clean that’s chemical-free and effortless. Using nothing but water it can get into all those nooks and crannies in your kitchens and bathrooms, blitzing grease and grime off tiles, and getting rid of everyday dirt from wood and stone floors.
This natty bit of kit is revolutionising the way we clean our homes because it makes the majority of other cleaning tools redundant. And it’s all down to steam that kills 99.9% of bacteria. So that makes it doubly-great in homes with children because not only does it get rid of those nasty germs, but it also uses no harmful chemicals, making it ideal for the allergy sufferers among us.
Plus, as any time-strapped parent knows, it’s all about cleaning quick and thoroughly, and steam cleaners (as put to the test by Mumsnetters) do just that.
One thing’s for sure, children are messy and there’s no changing that. It is, however, possible to change your cleaning habits and reclaim those five hours a week for yourself.