Four Tips to Keep Your Home Neat During Summer Vacation

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Summer vacation has finally arrived! School is out, the kids are home and that means keeping the house clean becomes more challenging. From play dates to arts and crafts projects, kids sure know how to make a mess. Use these 4 cleaning tips to tackle any mess the kids bring your way!

Make a Chore Chart

Teach your kids early on to clean up after themselves by creating a chore chart. This can even be a fun project in itself! Let the kids help you create a board with different chores listed each day. The kids can decorate and customize the board anyway they like, making cleanup easy and fun.

Clean Toys in the Dishwasher

This tip may sound a bit out there, but your dishwasher can clean way more than just dirty dishes. Kids toys are a breeding ground for germs. Keeping them clean will prevent your child from getting sick. Simply place any plastic toys in the washer, add soap and let the dishwasher do all the work! For smaller toys like Legos, use a mesh bag. Insert the toys into the bag before placing them in the dishwasher to prevent pieces from getting lost.

Clean Stuffed Animals in the Washing Machine

Similar to the dishwasher, your washing machine can clean more than just clothes. Throw any of your children's stuffed animals or cloth toys in the washing machine, keeping them nicely plush and clean.

Removing Crayon from Your Walls

Receiving artwork from your kids will put a smile on any parent’s face – except when the canvas is the walls of your home. If your little artist decides to decorate your home without your permission, try using a hairdryer and soapy water to get crayons off your walls easily. Heat up the crayon wax for a few minutes using the blow dryer. This will loosen up the crayon’s wax, allowing for easy removal with just a washcloth and soapy water.

While summer vacation gives children a lot more opportunity to make a mess 😉 these tips can be implemented any time of the year!

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