The Science Behind Why it’s so Difficult to get your Bathroom Cleaned – Mommy Blogger


The Science Behind Why it’s so Difficult to get your Bathroom Cleaned – Mommy Blogger

September 30, 2020

I’m a teacher, wife and mom of a very proud soon-to-be big sister. My blogs highlight the happy and humorous moments of parenting. I love music, writing, the outdoors and mommy-ing and I enjoy sharing how kids have a magical way of making favourite past-times like these even better.

Before we get into the bathroom specifically, let’s explore jobs in and around the home that are possible to do with small children.  These mainly consist of things that can be completed in 30 second increments.  The Dishwasher, for example, can be unloaded a single dish at a time.  Put plate in cupboard, attend to toddler peeing on floor, place cup on shelf, stop 3 year old from cutting hair, empty cutlery rack while peeling two apples for kids who need snacks handed to them at precisely the same moment to prevent a fight.  And by the end of the day your dishwasher will be emptied and the stack of dirty dishes that has built up on the counter is ready to be placed in the dishwasher to repeat the process tomorrow.  Another job that can be accomplished with kids is laundry.  Single clothing items can be folded at a time, and if you’re lucky enough to not have chocolate milk or noodles and cheese spilled on your half folded piles of clothes on the kitchen table, a load of laundry or two can usually be accomplished each day which allows you to stay nearly half way caught up and your hubby should only have to dig through the hamper for work shirts a few times a week.  One more job that is possible with children is cleaning the toy room.  Conveniently, they can dig out new entertainment for themselves every fifteen seconds or so as you clean up around them.  With practice you can put toys away nearly as fast as they can dig them out. And the end result of the playroom is about what it looked like when you entered it.

So here lies the issue with the bathrooms.  Although a multi-step process to clean, most of the steps are difficult to accomplish in 30 seconds before you are called to safely bring your younger one down from standing on top of the fridge.  Also, most steps would not be ideal to multi-task along side lest you get your children’s snacks full of toilet bowl cleaner.  And thirdly, it’s not a job you can leave sitting on the kitchen table for the day.  The toilets need to be peed in promptly about 2 minutes after you begin the process and the sinks need to be plugged and filled with bottles of bubble bath and barbies.  There are things to be done in the bathroom and people are generally not willing to wait long for your cleaning process to take place.  So there it is.  All things considered, the best way to complete bathroom cleanings is 2 am, between breast feedings.

Maybe this is my long winded excuse for having less than clean bathrooms some of the time and for as long as it took me to write this blog I probably could have scrubbed the shower door. But the point is, to all the moms out there, let’s not be too hard on ourselves when our houses are not perfect.  No one’s is.  Or if someone’s is, then let’s not judge them either.  Maybe they could pass along some helpful tips.



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