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The Mighty Apron: Speed through your housecleaning - and do it in style!

Why Aprons? Since the early 19th century, aprons have been an integral part of housekeeping... our modern apron blends the utility of the past with modern features to simplify and accelerate your cleaning!

Aprons have been used for centuries as protective garments in various industries and domestic settings. In the context of cleaning, aprons served as a practical way to shield clothing from dirt, water, and cleaning agents. In the early 19th century, women commonly wore aprons in their daily household chores. These aprons were made of durable fabrics like cotton or linen and were designed to be functional, with pockets for carrying small cleaning tools. 

As the 20th century progressed, apron styles evolved to meet the needs of different tasks. While traditional full-length aprons remained popular, shorter aprons, often referred to as "half-aprons," gained popularity for their convenience and ease of movement. Today, cleaning aprons have seen further adaptation. They often feature multiple pockets and compartments for carrying cleaning tools, making them efficient aids for the modern cleaning professional or homeowner. These aprons are designed for both function and comfort, offering a blend of practicality and style. 

Cleaning aprons have come a long way from their humble beginnings as simple protective garments. The Speed Cleaning Apron is a further evolution, designed to meet the specific needs of the house cleaning industry. Speed Cleaning Aprons offer both convenience and organization for tackling the tasks of maintaining a clean and tidy space in a short amount of time.

Need some help cleaning up? Here are some helpful tips for how to include your kids in house cleaning - and make it fun!

Teach your children some valuable life skills by involving them in cleaning up around the house. You can make it fun and you’ll enjoy having extra pairs of hands to help out once they’re used to pitching in. Here are a few ideas about how you can turn cleaning into something that they’ll enjoy helping you with:

Turn it into a game. There are lots of ways to gamify cleaning. Have them race against a timer and pick up all their toys before it goes off. If you’ve got two or more kids, have them compete against each other to see who can pick up all the dirty towels or fold the laundry first. Younger kids love to role-play, so encourage them to start their own pretend cleaning company where you call them up to have your house cleaned. 

Crank up the tunes. Make it a special event by putting on a favorite song and blasting it through the house. You can incorporate some dance moves into your dusting (but be sure you’re not just flinging dust all around: gather dust in a Speed Cleaning™ Feather Duster then tap against your foot to release the dust to the ground to be vacuumed up). The point is to turn cleaning into an exciting and fun time, and having the right music can get everyone energized to help. 

Hide surprises. This one requires a bit more work on your part, but you can make cleaning the house into a treasure hunt of sorts. Hide various surprises (candy, comic books, money, whatever!) around the house and let them know how many treasures are available to be discovered as they clean. They can collect them in their own Speed Cleaning Apron

Encourage favorite tasks. If there’s a particular cleaning chore that your child enjoys doing, teach them how to do it well and encourage them to do it as often as they like. You might have to follow along behind them for a few tries to get it done correctly, but show them exactly how you like the dishes cleaned or the rug vacuumed and you soon won’t have to worry about the end result. 

Give specific instructions.  Give one or two simple instructions at a time. Being told to “clean up your room” can be a bit overwhelming to younger children, whereas the instruction of “put your toys back into the closet, then make your bed” is more clear. Clearly define the goal so your children know exactly what success looks like. 

Have a clear reward system. Set up a system where the least desirable chores have the highest reward. For example, cleaning the bathroom is worth more than taking out the trash. Write down the rewards and let your children choose which chore they’ll take on based on what they’ll receive in exchange. And it doesn’t have to be a monetary payout—they could earn points towards a chore-free day, or staying up late, or selecting which movie the family watches that weekend.   

Whichever tactic you choose, you’ll be helping your children develop skills that will help them as they grow into adults who have to manage their own homes someday. And you’ll get help keeping your own home clean in the bargain.

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