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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Getting Your Toddler To Clean The Toilet

Yes it can be done. Here's how:

Use baking soda to wash your hair.

Let toddler see you fill a dish with baking soda before taking a shower.

Allow dish to become empty.

Leave toddler alone for 45 seconds or less.

Discover toddler with baking soda box.

Walk toddler into kitchen.

Put baking soda away.

Train toddler not to take things out of cabinets.

Wait 10 minutes.

Take toddler to the potty.

Notice hair washing baking soda dish on bathroom floor.

Notice pile of baking soda in and around dish.

Notice toddler finger prints in baking soda.

Clean up baking soda.

Place in hair washing baking soda dish (no need to waste, this is for your hair, not for eating.)

Sweep up remaining baking soda.

Go to throw it away, remember that baking soda & vinegar can be used to clean toilets.

Pour swept up baking soda into toilet.

Walk to the kitchen to get vinegar.

Come back to the bathroom as toddler pours the entire contents of the now full, hair washing baking soda dish into the toilet.

Try not to laugh (or cry).

Pour vinegar into toilet.

Stand with toddler and watch it fizz.

Grab the phone to call your mom & tell her about her grandchild's baking soda adventure.

Turn back around to see toddler holding the toilet bowl brush.

Watch toddler stir the water like her favorite pancake mix.

Grab a camera.

Take a picture.


Wash that toddler's hands.

Now if you could only get that toddler to clean the tub and mop the floor :)
Hey, it Works For Me!

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How do you get your children to help around the house? Do you give specific chores, expect them to help in all your everyday tasks, or both? I'd love your input. Thanks!

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Blogger Jen said...

That is great! I can't even get my 14 yo to clean the toilet. Have a great day.

January 13, 2009 at 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is too funny. She looks like she had a good time though!

January 13, 2009 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Too funny!

January 13, 2009 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Organized Nutrition said...

Very funn! that is great!
Yes, we do have chores all our kids do, we have a chore wheel for meal chores on the fridge
this works well (even our 2 yr old does these things... just not always the way you would like them done...LOL!)
They also have to put away their clothes, they all fold towels (I just dump them on the floor and yell, "TOWEL FOLDING PARTY GOING ON IN THE LIVINGROOM!"
They also have to clean their rooms well enough to be vac. once a week (I KEEP WHAT THEY DON'T PICK UP AND THEY PAY ME SOMEHOW TO GET IT BACK)... they also have to do a chore if they want to play the Wii or the computer.... The dishwasher is always their first choice!
HEY, and what does baking soda do for your hair anyways??? Just wondering!

January 13, 2009 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Oh, what a fun time you had! ;) Great way to make the best of things.

Happy tackling!

January 13, 2009 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger Tim, Allyson, and kids said...

For those wondering about cleasing your scalp and hair with baking soda, here's a post I found helpful when I started.

I have now gone a month without using shampoo & no one would ever know. I use baking soda to clean my scalp & a apple cider vinegar/water solution to condition. I also use a little coconut oil as a leave in conditioner.

I've also just started this oil cleansing facial method & I'm loving it so far.

It's nice to know that I could actually eat my hair and face products if I wanted to. (Not that it would taste good, but it would be safe)

January 13, 2009 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Allison said...

That's so funny! Thanks for sharing!

January 13, 2009 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Melonie said...

My kids love to watch me clean the toilet this way.

As for chores, my 18 month old is working on putting things away. Right now his favorite thing is to throw trash in the trash can and paper in the recycle bin. (He also loves to throw my baking soda deodorizer in the paper recycle bin - not sure why, but the record is me fishing it out of there 7 times in one hour. Luckily I figured out that's where it was! And thankfully it was in the PAPER, not the trash can. LOL) Interestingly he has already made the connection between what I throw in the trash and what I throw in the paper et al bins. It's kinda fun to watch. He's also figured out how to sort the laundry. Creepy, in a way, how much they learn from us just by watching!

My 7.5 year old daughter is responsible for carrying armfuls of laundry upstairs and putting them in each person's room for me after I sort and fold them. (Counts as her exercise too, since we have stairs!) She also has to put away her own clean clothes, clean up her room, make her bed (as well as she can - I don't expect it to be like I make it), and generally just help out when I ask (grabbing the garbage from upstairs while I empty the big trash can downstairs, for instance). Other than doing their beds once they get a "big kid" bed and putting away age-appropriate things (toddlers put away toys, big kids hang things up, etc) I don't have "set in stone" chores for my kids....we expect them to serve as requested. Kind of a "room and board, we're a team" kinda thing, I guess. :-)

January 14, 2009 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I loved this! I got such a kick out of it! It just goes to show that there are so many benefits of natural cleaning prducts!!! When is she free to come over and give Tristan some lessons?

January 15, 2009 at 11:13 PM  

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