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How to Teach Your Kids to Clean the Kitchen

How to teach your kids to clean the kitchen

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When it comes to teaching children anything, the key is to break things down into small steps, demonstrate how to do it and practice, practice, practice! My teens are capable of cleaning the kitchen with no direction and leaving it looking beautiful. These days  they are busy with school and work, and it is about time my “little kids” learn to clean the kitchen themselves. So recently, I have been teaching Mordecai (12), Jubilee (12), Hezekiah (10), Avi (9) and Tucker (9) to clean the kitchen properly.How to Teach Kids to Clean the Kitchen

Check list to help your kids clean the kitchen

1. Break down the steps!

I created a cool checklist and have it posted in our kitchen. The kids are able to go through the process step by step. You can download it here:  Kitchen Checklist (hand wash) or Kitchen Checklist (dishwasher)

2. Have the right tools. I don’t use sponges, because I worry about the bacteria in them. I love these little scrubbers though! I was thrilled at Walmart to find coordinating: scrubbers, dish towel, cup-scrubber-thingy and Palmolive® Multi Surface.How to teach your kids to clean the kitchen

Palmolive® Multi Surface eliminates 99.9% of bacteria (*staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica and E. coli ((157:H7)) from dishes and hard non porous kitchen surfaces. I love that the multi surface cleaner means one cleaner in the kitchen for both surfaces and dishes. Keep things simple when teaching kids. 

3. Check the details!

I don’t know about your kids, but mine don’t seem to even see the little details when they are cleaning. My kids most often: leave gross junk in the sink and leave draws half open. 

How to teach your kids to clean the kitchen with a free printable!

 4. Practice, practice, practice!

With twelve people living at home, you can be assured my kids get plenty of practice!


How old were your kids when they started doing dishes? Do you prefer a multi surface cleaner, or using separate products?


  1. Dorothy

    I load the dishwasher and clothes washer. My big kids clear off tables, put away leftovers, wipe off counter tops and the stove top. My 10 and 8 yr old unload the dishwasher. My 12 yer old takes dry laundry off the line and brings it inside the house. I sort when I can, usually after dinner, when we are done with all the running around. This week we have lots going on, I will get behind in laundry and dishes, but should have the time after #9 first communion Saturday to sort laundry.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Yes, even getting the kids to help with the more basic parts of the job makes a huge difference!

  2. Barbara

    I am a firm believer in training a child to be self-sufficient from early on. I remember when our 10 yr. old was just a 2 yr. old, being supervised on a chair, at the kitchen sink washing the un-breakables and grinning from ear to ear because she was able to help (no re-washing by mom.) Our 10 and 7 yr. old girls can pitch in whenever and wherever I ask, and often times without being asked. I heard them in the basement recently discussing how to use the washer and dryer (new to us, but quite old…no bells and whistles) after a literal 2 second coaching, they were off and running with them. By including them from the beginning we make the final independent learning process of each job so much easier. We were just discussing last night how everything they learn to do, no matter how gross or boring, prepares them for taking care of their own families some day. Keep up the good work Renee, you are an inspiration.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      So am I! I always think of the Montessori saying, “Never do for a child what he can do for himself”. My younger kids were amazingly efficient when it came to the kitchen. Working together without bickering seems to be the bigger issue 🙂

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