Written by Tenley Haraldson.

If you’re a parent, you know how fast a child’s bedroom can go from neat and tidy to absolute mayhem. Most people don’t have endless time to maintain the chaos of kids’ rooms so we’ve created an easy-to-follow cleaning guide to keep things under control. 

A 10-Minute Cleaning Plan Helps 

Spending 10-15 minutes tidying up every 1-2 days can help keep messes manageable. So when it’s time to deep clean, that regular maintenance will require far less time and effort:

  • Make the bed. 
  • Collect and place all garbage in the trash can. 
  • Gather dirty clothes, bedding, & towels and toss them in the hamper. 
  • Put games, toys, and books on shelves/bins.
  • Take misplaced items back where they belong. 
  • Vacuum and/or sweep floors. 

Every Parent’s Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supply List

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  1. Deep cleaning caddy (that can be easily transported between rooms)
  2. 1-2 microfiber towels
  3. Plant-based Multi-Surface Cleaner 
  4. Distilled white vinegar 
  5. Natural Dish Soap 
  6. Gentle brushes (e.g. auto detailing brushes, old toothbrushes)
  7. Fabric-safe stain remover
  8. Extendable microfiber duster
  9. Garbage bags
  10. Extra basket for items that don’t belong

Pro Tip: Choosing multi-purpose cleaning products and tools doesn’t just simplify your cleaning routine: It saves space and money, too.

How to Clean a Kid’s Bedroom in 7 Steps 

Ready to start cleaning your child’s room? We’ve broken the process down into seven simple steps. 

1. Pick Things up & Put Them Away 

Start by picking up toys, books, and clothes and putting them back where they belong. Children of all ages can participate, so be sure to include them in the process. Set a timer for ten minutes, and see if they can “beat the clock.” 

We recommend turning this into a routine, like just before dinner or right before kids brush their teeth.

How to Get Organized 

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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By using labels with either images or text, children of all ages will be able to match the right item with the right bin or tub. Why not make your own with customizable chalkboard labels and a chalk marker?

2. Change and Wash Bedsheets 

Without frequent washing, your child could be sleeping among dead skin cells, sweat, bacteria, pollen, food crumbs, and animal dander. Frequent washing of bedding is important to reduce allergens and bacteria that can cause unpleasant health issues. 

We recommend washing bedding every 1-2 weeks. If pets sleep in your child’s bed, your child snacks in bed, or they’re prone to allergies, once a week is best.

Pro Tip: If bathtime is right before bedtime, you can cut down on the amount of linen changes you need.

3. Tackle Dirty Laundry

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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 light clothes from brights. 

Pre-Treat Stains Before Washing 

Kids are messy – we get it! Puracy Stain Remover uses powerful plant enzymes to break down dirt, blood, sweat, and hundreds of 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 select an extra rinse setting.

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Pro Tip: You don’t have to depend on bleach to lighten white clothes. There are several tried-and-true ways to whiten clothes naturally – without caustics.

Launder Clothes

Weekly washing should be enough to keep you from getting buried under a mountain of laundry. Puracy Natural Laundry Detergent was developed with kids in mind. Our 99.5% natural formula is gentle enough for the most sensitive skin but tough enough to deal with gross odors and stains.

Once clothes are washed and dried, neatly hang or fold and put them away (Psst – this is a great chore for kids of all ages to handle)! 

4. Clean Corners, Windows, & Mirrors

Starting from the top-down, focus on 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 microfiber cleaning cloth. Focusing on one 2 ’x 2’ square at a time, apply one spray of cleaning solution to the surface. Use a clean side of a folded cleaning cloth, then wipe the glass with long strokes in a “Z” pattern.

You can also use a squeegee by holding it at a 30°angle from the window or mirror. Next, move your way across the surface by using vertical strokes. The product should evaporate immediately after wiping. If you see streaks, you’ve used too much spray. 

5. Clean Furniture

Wood, laminate, and other hard-surfaced furniture should be wiped down with surface cleaner and a clean microfiber cloth (using the “Z” pattern technique mentioned above). 

How Should I Clean Mattresses? 

To clean mattresses (and other upholstered furniture), start by vacuuming to remove dust and dirt. While many types of vacuums can release particles back into the air, a HEPA-filter vacuum is recommended because they trap them.

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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 these treated areas and remove excess moisture. Allow the fabric to dry completely before recovering/using (consider opening windows on a warm day).

Pro Tip: Protect your pillows and mattresses from stains and allergens with washable, waterproof, zipped covers.

6. Focus on Cleaning & Disinfecting Toys

As you’re cleaning your child’s toys, toss any that are irreparably broken or donate ones that your child has outgrown. Before you put fan favorites back, make sure you’ve thoroughly cleaned them to increase your germ-fighting efforts. However, it’s especially important to consider disinfecting kids toys to kill the invisible microbes that cause illnesses.

We’ve put together all of the expert tips you’ll need to quickly and effectively clean and disinfect different types of toys.

Pro Tip: Online neighborhood groups and marketplaces are a great resource to rehome unused items and find some new-to-you toys!

7. Vacuum/Clean Floors 

After everything is put away, surfaces are dusted, and toys are cleaned, it’s time to focus on the floors. Don’t forget to get behind and underneath furniture. Attachments can help you get into hard-to-reach areas.

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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 instructions 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.

Cleaning 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, thorough carpet cleaning will help keep them looking their best. Since we’re positively obsessed with cleaning, we’ve dedicated an entire blog article to proper carpet maintenance 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.

When Should a Child Start Cleaning Their Room?

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Children as young as 20 months old can learn to put things away. 

Sharing household duties not only frees up some of your time, but it also has far-reaching benefits for your little ones. Experts say chores are good for kids for many reasons, including: 

  • 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

Pro Tip: Download our convenient printable kids chore chart for ideas on how to include kids in the cleaning process – no matter their ages!

How Do I Get My Child to Clean Their Room?

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:

  • Pump up the Jams: Create a playlist of your child’s favorite tunes and make it your cleaning “soundtrack.”
  • Be Specific: “Clean up” can mean a lot of things, so offer recommendations like, “Place dirty clothes in the hamper” or “Put your Legos away so Mommy doesn’t step on them.”
  • Make Them a Cleaning Caddy: Since children tend to mimic their parents’ behavior, why not provide them with a basket of plant-based, child-size cleaning 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. 
  • Help Them Out: Children can quickly feel overwhelmed by tasks, so step in to help keep them motivated.

Get a Top-to-Bottom Clean with Puracy Products

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You’re choosy about the cleaning products you use around your kids – and that’s exactly why we started Puracy. From our best-selling Multi-Surface Cleaner to our Natural Dish Soap, we work with PhD chemists and physicians to ensure that every Puracy product is safe for all family members and surfaces. 

These safe, effective cleaning staples come with a money-back guarantee. If you’re not totally thrilled with the results, we’re happy to refund your purchase. What do you have to lose (other than dirt, grime, and goop)?