Tips: Winter Cleaning with Kids

Winter Cleaning With Kids

By Jill Jones

There are quite a few of us who feel the urge to clean during the spring season. This is something we all do out of habit, however we often fail to realize that winter also forces us to do a good deal of cleaning. When that comes around cleaning becomes a bit more difficult if we have kids around the house, so why not make them part of the solution instead of part of the problem by letting them play somewhere else while you do the work?

During those times of the year we often track rock salt from the streets as well as snow right inside our very homes, we have ashes floating in the air when we clean wood-burning fireplaces as well as copious amounts of dust hovering all over the place. We barely open our windows and the dust accumulates, so this is a great reason to do something about it. There is nothing better than a nice, clean home during the heart of winter so let’s focus on the possible ways we can make that happen with kids on our heels:

Cleaning the Furnace

You should remember to clean the filter of your furnace at least once a month. It will make your home more energy-efficient as well as keeping your air much cleaner. If your furnace is covered in grime and dust you will need to clean it up. Vacuum any soot around it as well as dust bunnies on a regular basis to keep it clean.

Cleaning Your Carpets and Floors

There is a great need for deep cleaning when it comes to your carpets, especially during the winter months. The salt dragged in from the outside will stick to the fibers of the carpet, caking them together and making an unpleasant sheen over them if you don’t do this on a regular basis. A good way of combating this is by using a steam cleaner on your carpet as well as scrubbing your floors down when you feel you need to do so. If you don’t have a nice, clean place to keep your snow shovel and boots you should put out some cookie sheets to help them drain away from the floor. You will have a great time keeping the mess away from the floors that way.


Homes can easily become really dusty in the middle of winter because of the warm, dry air inside them. You should dust the surfaces around your home so you can keep that dust within tolerable limits. Do the ceiling and the fan blades as well, the window moldings, your books and pretty much any other location that looks like it may be dusty again. Dust your lights as well as they can easily become magnets for dust during the winter. Clean your air ducts, change your air conditioning filters on a regular basis and open your windows once a day to let some fresh air in.

Jill Jones is a loving mother and wife and a dedicated freelancer. Currently she writes on behalf of:

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