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10 Kid-Friendly Spring Cleaning Hacks

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6. Pick up pet hair with wet rubber gloves.

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Give each kid a damp rubber glove and let them rub it over any upholstery with a Fido problem. The hair will cling to the glove and then they can rinse it off in the sink. Make sure you have a drain catcher or something in place so you don’t have to end up with a clog.

7. Clean up the craft area.

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Do your kids have a craft area or drawing table? Mine do, and it’s a wreck. Baking soda on a damp sponge will remove crayon and pencil from painted surfaces. A cotton ball with rubbing alcohol will remove permanent marker from surfaces and walls (again, they must be in the not-chewing-on-everything age range for this). A lint roller will mop up excess glitter, eraser shavings, and paper scraps. Also, you can revive old, dirty erasers by rubbing them on an emery board.

8. Toothpaste and an electric toothbrush will buff scuffs out of linoleum tile.

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An electric toothbrush and a paste made from baking soda and water will also clean between tiles in the bathroom.

9. Clean keyboards with q-tips or tape.

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Kids might get a kick out of removing the dust between keys by sliding strips of tape between them. They can also clean between each one manually using a q-tip.

10. Declutter using a kitchen timer.

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Kids may not be able to do all the nitty-gritty spring cleaning jobs, but they can still help pick up the big things. Go room to room, set a timer, and have everyone pick up and put away as many things as they can. Not only is it fun trying to beat the clock, but when you go in to detail clean you won’t have to deal with a big mess first.

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