Written by Stacey Kelleher. Reviewed by Sean Busch.
It doesn’t take much for a child’s bedroom to go from neat and tidy to a disorganized mess of toys, clothes, snacks, and other surprises.As parents ourselves, we know that you don’t have a lot of time to maintain your kids’ rooms. That’s why we’ve created this easy-to-follow guide to keep things tidy with Puracy natural home products.
Maintenance Is KeySome people truly enjoy cleaning, but there’s good news if you’re not one of those people: You can keep things under control by spending just 10-15 minutes on tidying up every 1-2 days. When it’s time for a deep clean, your regular maintenance means less time and effort.
A 10-Minute Cleaning Plan
- Make the bed.
- Collect all trash and place it in the trash can.
- Gather dirty clothes, bedding, and towels and toss in the hamper.
- Put games, toys, and books on shelves or bins.
- Take misplaced items back where they belong.
- Vacuum or sweep floors.
Involve Kids in the Cleaning Process
Sharing household duties not only frees up some of your time, but it also has far-reaching benefits for your little ones (even 20 month olds can start putting things away). Experts say chores are good for kids for many reasons:
- Pride in a job well done
- Sense of contributing the greater good of the family
- Gratitude for the things family members do for each other
- Appreciation for all others do for them
- Independence from tackling new responsibilities
- Understanding of the importance of cleaning
Make Cleaning Fun
Teaching kids that cleaning can be rewarding – and even enjoyable – can inspire them to become more involved on their own. Here are some tricks and techniques that we use to motivate our own children:
- Music: Create a playlist of your child’s favorite tunes and make it your cleaning “soundtrack.”
- Kids cleaning caddy: Give kids their own basket full of safe, non-toxic supplies.
- Set the timer: Make cleaning a game by racing to “beat the clock.”
- Scavenger hunt: Hide stickers, small toys, or other treats in places throughout their room for kids to find while helping out in the meantime.
- Rewards: These might be a favorite snack, special time with mom or dad, or even allowance money.
The Best Way to Clean A Child’s Room in 8 Steps
Before getting started, gather your supplies to save time and effort. We suggest stocking one or two portable “cleaning caddies” that you can easily transport from every room.
Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supply List
- Cleaning caddy
- Microfiber cleaning cloth
- Distilled white vinegar
- Puracy Natural Dish Soap
- Gentle brushes (auto detailing brushes or an old toothbrush will work)
- Fabric-safe stain remover
- Plant-based Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner
- Extendable microfiber duster
- Garbage bags
- Extra basket for items that don’t belong
1. Pick Things up – and Put Them Away
Start by picking up toys, books, and clothes and putting them back where they belong. This is an easy task for children of all ages, so be sure to include them in the process. Set a timer for ten minutes, and see if they can “beat the clock” and tidy up before the bell rings.Make this job easier by setting a few minutes aside each day to put things away. We recommend turning this into a routine, like just before dinner or right before kids brush their teeth.
Putting things away is infinitely easier when everything has a place. Drawers, buckets, and baskets make organizing simple and easy. As kids grow, their needs and tastes change. Avoid investing a lot of money in an elaborate storage system they may outgrow in a few years.
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- Vessla Bin on Casters: Ideal for smaller toys, rolls around the room to make cleanup a breeze. $6.49
- Snidad Rattan Basket: Perfect spot to store blankets, plush toys, and other cuddly things. $27.99
- Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Cart: Available in a variety of fun colors, this will transition from the toddler to the teen years. $29.99
- Over-the-door Hanging Organizer: Great way to store socks, shoes, hair accessories, and other small items out of the way. $24.99
- Fabric Book Rack: Kids can store and display their favorite picture books on this child-size unit. $49.99
2. Change and Wash Bedsheets
Frequent washing of bedding is important to reduce allergens and bacteria that can cause unpleasant symptoms. Without frequent washing, your child could be sleeping among dead skin cells, sweat, bacteria, pollen, and animal dander.We recommend washing bedding every other week. If pets sleep in your child’s bed, your child snacks in bed, if bathtime is right before bedtime, or they’re prone to allergies, once a week is best. And if you throw sheets in the washer when you start cleaning your child’s bedroom, they should be ready to put them back on by the time you’re done.
3. Separate, Sort, and Wash Dirty Laundry
Gather dirty clothes off the floor and into a hamper. Next, have kids sort laundry by colors before throwing them into the wash. A laundry basket with multiple compartments makes it easy (and even fun) for kids to separate whites from brights.
Pre-Treat Stains Before Washing
Kids are messy – that’s okay! Puracy Stain Remover uses powerful plant enzymes to break down dirt, blood, sweat, and other messes without fading or damaging fabrics.
For tough stains, spray and massage the enzyme formula into the fabric using a gentle brush. Let it sit anywhere from 8 hours to 2 days. Launder in the warmest water your fabric will allow and rinse twice.Pro tip: For brightening white clothes, you don’t have to depend on bleach. There are several tried-and-true ways to whiten clothes naturally – without harsh chemicals.
Puracy Natural Laundry Detergent was developed with kids in mind. Free of harsh chemicals, our 99.5% natural formula is safe for their sensitive skin. Weekly washing is enough to keep you from getting buried under a mountain of laundry.Once clothes are washed and dried, neatly hang or fold and put them away. This is a great chore for kids to take on!
4. Clean Corners, Windows, and Mirrors
Starting with the corners, light fixtures, and other tough-to-reach areas, use an extendable vacuum attachment or microfiber duster with an extendable handle.
Cleaning glass without streaks or residue is easy with Puracy multi-purpose spray and a soft microfiber cleaning cloth or a squeegee. Tackling one 2 ’x 2’ square at a time, apply one spray of cleaning solution to the surface. Next, using a clean side of a folded cleaning cloth, wipe the glass with long strokes in a “Z” pattern.
If you’re using a squeegee, hold it at a 30°angle from the window or mirror, then move your way across the surface using vertical strokes. The product should evaporate immediately after wiping. If you see streaks, you’ve used too much spray.
5. Clean FurnitureWood, laminate, and other hard-surface furniture should be wiped down with surface cleaner and a clean microfiber cloth (using the “Z” pattern technique mentioned above).
How to Clean Mattresses & Upholstered Furniture
To clean mattresses and other upholstered furniture, start by vacuuming to remove dust and dirt. A HEPA-filter vacuum is recommended because they’re best at sealing in particles, where other types of vacuums might release them back into the air.
Spot-treat stains with Puracy Natural Stain Remover before deep cleaning soft surfaces with a steam cleaner or carpet-cleaning machine with attachments. Use a clean microfiber cloth to blot treated areas and remove excess moisture. Allow fabric to dry completely before recovering/using.Tip: Protect your pillows and mattresses from stains and allergens with washable, waterproof, zipped covers.
6. Wash Children’s Toys Before Returning ThemReturning children’s games and toys without cleaning them only defeats your germ-fighting efforts. Here are some tips to quickly and effectively clean and disinfect different types of toys:
How to Clean Wood ToysWipe down wood puzzles and games with Puracy Multi-Surface Cleaner and a soft cloth. Otherwise, you can use a few drops of Puracy dish soap in warm water. Lightly moisten the cloth with your cleaning solution before cleaning toys. Soaking them in liquid can lead to warping.
How to Clean Plastic ToysMany plastic toys can be washed in the dishwasher, but always check the label first! Store them safely on the top shelf in a basket or colander. Toys that aren’t dishwasher-safe can be scrubbed with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (which can get into those tiny cracks where dirt and grime collect).
How to Clean Plush Toys
If the label mentions it, you might be able to pop stuffed animals and other soft playthings right into the washing machine with a natural laundry detergent. Be sure to check for fabric tears, as well as loose stuffing and buttons before washing.
More delicate toys should be spot treated with Puracy Natural Baby Stain Remover. After treating stains according to the product’s instructions, rinse the treated area until the stain remover is completely washed away.Pro tip: Because colorful plush toys can be damaged by bleach, it’s best to wash these in hot water.
7. Disinfect Children's Toys
While cleaning removes surface dirt, disinfecting actually kills the invisible microbes that cause illness. This is especially important now, as we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19.
A diluted bleach solution (4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water) works well for this job. Immerse plastic toys in the solution before rinsing completely. For wooden toys, spray the bleach solution onto the surface, let it sit for five minutes, then rinse with fresh water. Make sure all traces of bleach are removed.
Regardless of material, after disinfecting toys, always allow them to dry completely to prevent the growth of bacteria.Pro tip: As you’re cleaning your child’s toys, toss any that are irreparably broken. Consider donating ones that your children have outgrown, too. Online neighborhood groups and marketplaces are a great resource to rehome unused items and find some new-to-you toys!
8. Vacuum/Clean Floors
After everything is put away, surfaces are dusted, and toys are cleaned, it’s time to focus on the floors.
Cleaning Hard-Surface Floors
Before washing hard-surface floors, sweep or vacuum them first – don’t forget to get behind and underneath furniture. Attachments can help you get into hard-to-reach areas.Hardwood Floors
There are several ways to clean hardwood floors, depending on their finish. Using the wrong tools or cleaning products – and too much liquid – can damage the wood. Always follow the manufacturer’s instruction to keep them looking their best.
Tile & Laminate Floors
Clean tile floors one section at a time with a few drops of mild dish soap and warm water. For laminate floors, choose products designed just for them.
How to Clean Carpets
To keep area rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting clean, start by spot-treating stains as soon as you notice them and vacuum at least once a week. Believe it or not, there is a “right” way to vacuum. Make overlapping passes and slowly count to for each back and forth stroke. That gives your machine enough time to do its job.
Invest in a Carpet Cleaning Machine
Regular deep cleaning of carpets will help keep them looking (and feeling) their best. In fact, we’ve dedicated an entire blog article to proper carpet cleaning to make the process as seamless as possible.
Pro tip: Consider renting or purchasing a powerful home carpet cleaner like the Hoover PowerDash. It’s designed to be pet-friendly and its heated drying component lets kids back to playing sooner.
Keep Your Entire Home Clean with Puracy Products
It makes sense to be choosy about your cleaning products. Just like our best-selling Multi-Surface Cleaner, each Puracy product is tested (and proven) to be safe for every family member and surface.
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