Must Haves to Keep Your Kid-Friendly House Clean

Must Haves to Keep Your Kid-Friendly House Clean

Keeping your house clean and keeping your kids happy can be a challenging task. Here are a few items that are popular for achieving the best of both worlds – happy kids and a clean house!

Cubby Holes

With kids, if you can accomplish storage and décor in one, you’re golden. One of the most popular ways to do this is through cubby hole storage. Cubby hole shelves can be found in a variety of colors and sizes, depending on the space you have and how many toys you have to store. In addition to the variety of colors and finishes, you can also choose from many baskets or bins to put in each of the cubby holes. If you’re looking for a more sophisticated look, you can spend more on different baskets, but there are also very affordable options if you’re on a budget.

Portable Vacuum

The back seat of the car can resemble a disaster area. From smashed Cheerios to toys, all kinds of treasures make their way into the seat’s cracks and crevices. A portable Shop-Vac® Wet Dry Vacuum is just what you need to tackle a messy car, or some of those small messes at home. It’s convenient, lightweight design makes it easy to maneuver over and under seats so you’re ready to carpool again.

Spill Proof Cups

Chances are your young kids are not always going to keep their cups in the kitchen, at the table. So, we recommend investing in spill proof cups. Your kids can drag these cups all over the house and you can rest assured that none of their juice will end up spilling on your furniture or carpet. There are a variety of options available, including some spill proof lids you can add to any cup!

Large Diameter Hose

If you have a child who loves to play with Legos and small action figures, consider purchasing a large, 2.5-inch diameter hose for your Shop-Vac® Wet Dry Vacuum. With a large hose and a clean tank, you can easily collect small pieces and return them to their place in the toy box. This hose is also handy for pulling toys out from between sofa cushions, or in grates. Don’t have a Shop-Vac® Wet Dry Vacuum yet? Consider our 12-gallon* quiet deluxe series. It comes with all the large accessories you need to keep your kid-friendly house clean.


Gates can be a safety measure to help prevent kids from falling down the stairs, but gates can also be used to set up a play area if your kids don’t have a separate room for that. Designating a play area with gates allows you to block off an area for toys and keep the rest of your house from becoming cluttered. This is a great idea that can be used on a regular basis, or just in the few days leading up to having company, when you’re trying to keep your house as tidy as possible.

Drain Hero®

Not only is the Shop-Vac® Wet Dry Vacuum drain hero attachment ideal for unclogging drains, it’s also can be your child’s hero if a toy gets stuck in the drain. The selection of bath toys has drastically increased over time, which means there are more toys available to get stuck. This attachment can be used with a variety of hose diameters (including the 2.5-inch hose we recommended for clean up!), and may even come to your rescue if you lose something down your sink drain.

Vinyl Tablecloths

There are many fun, messy activities for kids. Rather than holding your kids back from all the fun, or sacrificing some of your furniture, purchase a few vinyl tablecloths. Tablecloths can be used to put over a table, or the floor, for a messy arts and crafts activity. They give you the best of both worlds, happy kids and an easy clean up.

Washable Markers

Another tool that can make arts and crafts activities easier on your house is a set of washable markers. Whether you find yourself needing to get ink off of your table, carpet, furniture or kids, investing in washable markers will make life much easier. Save yourself from looking for the latest tips on getting ink out of household objects, and just buy the washable version – it will be better for everyone involved.

Inflator Nozzle

The Shop-Vac® Wet Dry Vacuum inflator nozzle is just what you need to inflate all of your big toys. From large inflatable pool toys to air mattresses, this will give you a quick and easy solution for getting those toys up and running in no time. (Bonus: it also works with the 2.5-inch hose we recommended for clean up!)

You got all that parents? Shop-Vac® Wet Dry Vacuum brand is here for you for all of those kid-related messes. Share some of your favorite tricks to clean up after your family below!

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