How often do you clean your baseboards?
For years I used cleaning baseboards as an incentive for good behavior in my home.
- Complaining – Clean the baseboards in one room.
- Arguing with a sibling – Clean each other’s baseboards.
- “Forgetting” to do a chore – Clean the baseboards.
I thought this idea was brilliant until I realized my kids LOVED to clean the baseboards. Give my kids water and a sponge and they are thrilled, so cleaning the baseboards stopped being a punishment and became a rainy day activity.
Dirty baseboards make a whole room look dirty so I recommend keeping them clean. This is a great job for little kids because you don’t need to use chemicals to remove the dirt. (Unless you haven’t cleaned them for 10 years)
- For a quick cleaning brush them off with a dust broom.
- If your baseboards need more than a quick cleaning, brush, then wipe them down with a damp cloth.
- If you can’t tell the difference between your dog and your baseboards you’ll probably want to use a bucket of water and a squirt of dish soap or all purpose cleaner and give them a good scrubbing.
- After your baseboards are clean, wipe them with a dryer sheet. It will repel dust and keep them cleaner longer.
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