April 29, 2014. Toronto, ON – There’s nothing better than a tidy home with a nice clean scent. So, this Mother’s Day, along with that beautifully homemade card and fragrant bouquet, give mom a break! Enlist the help of the kids to tidy up around the house as a team. Relieving mom of some cleaning duties will give the family more free time to enjoy the warmer weather that has finally arrived. It will also help build good habits your child can carry through their life.

Here are five sure-fire ways to get kids to help this Mother’s Day…and beyond!

  • Make Sure Chores are Appropriate for the Age. One of the best ways to make sure children succeed is to assign chores to them that are within their abilities. Use your judgment about what your child can do.
  • Make-believe. Younger kids love to role-play so try encouraging them to be a MOLLY MAID Home Service Professional! Outfit them with a pink apron and blue rubber gloves. Dress-up play will make cleaning more fun!
  • Turn up the Music. Music is motivating for everyone! Play music that you know your kids love – and turn it up! When you can sing along, time goes by quickly and the chore becomes fun and enjoyable.
  • Make it a Game. Use a timer to motivate kids to clean. They will love to try to beat the clock by finishing their chores before the timer goes off. Set the timer for 15 minutes to see how much can be accomplished during that time.
  • Appreciate their Efforts. There’s no reason why you can’t use rewards, such as a play date with a friend, a movie or their favourite meal. If you associate positive fun rewards with cleaning, kids will feel good about what they do.

Use environmentally-preferable products that are less toxic, if worried about the kids using harmful cleaning supplies. Better yet, make your own. Next time you need to clean the bath, simply give your child half a grapefruit and some salt. A little bit of elbow grease and this combo will have your bath tub sparkling clean and citrus-y sweet in minutes. And, a soon-to-be family favourite…freshen the toilet bowl fast with homemade Bubbly Toilet Bombs:

Bubbly Toilet Bombs Recipe

Freshen things fast with these fragrant toilet bombs that clean and eliminate smells. Sure to be a family favourite, these bubbly little numbers can be personalized with your favourite scents – making your bathroom the best-smelling room in your home. Keep in an air-tight container and simply toss in the toilet to freshen things up.

1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup citric acid
1/2 teaspoon vinegar
1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
15 to 20 drops essential oil
Cookie Sheet
Parchment paper
Spray bottle (optional)


Add the baking soda to a mixing bowl and use a fork to break up any clumps. Baking soda naturally cleans and eliminates bad odours, making it the perfect base for these toilet bombs. Add the citric acid (which can be found at your local health food store or pharmacy) and stir. The citric acid adds a bit of a kick to the cleaning power of the toilet bomb.

In a small bowl, mix together the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide, which work together to clean the toilet bowl. Now drop by drop, add the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to the baking soda. Beware: if you add the liquid all at once, the baking soda and citric acid will react and you’ll have a huge mess!

It’s now time to make it your own. Add your favourite essential oil and gently mix. Any fragrance works well, but something fresh like lemongrass, lavender or spruce, leaves a wonderful lingering scent.

Use a tablespoon to scoop and mold the mixture into small half rounds and then tap onto a parchment-covered cookie sheet. You can spray the rounds with equal parts vinegar and water to create a crust, which helps hold them together. Let dry overnight.

If your kids are too small to help this Mother’s Day, hire the expert home cleaners at MOLLY MAID. While you and the kids take Mom to the park for the day, we will make your home sparkle – just imagine her surprise!

To talk further with a MOLLY MAID cleaning expert, about cleaning with kids or for a fun-filled demo of child friendly chemical free cleaning tips, please contact Joanne Hunter Smith, joannesmith@rogers.com (416) 356-0088.