The average amount of time a child will spend in their bedroom in a year is approximately 2,090 hours. That comes out to almost 32 hours each week, or 4.8 hours each and every day…and that doesn’t include the time they spend sleeping! After all, children study, play video games, complete homework, watch television, and socialize with their friends both in person and online in their bedrooms. Since children spend so much time in their bedrooms during the day and night means that contaminants and germs can accumulate more quickly than you might expect. The good news is that there are a lot of natural and easy ways to clean the bedrooms of children to keep their space (and your home) neat, clean, and germ-free!
Keep the dirty laundry off of the floor.
Kids often leave their dirty laundry all over the floor, disregarding the laundry basket mere inches away. It might bother you more than it bothers them, but keeping dirty clothing contained is important for a number of reasons, and not just to keep their bedroom looking neat. Kids clothes can have ground in dirt, plus bacteria from anything they’ve touched, from chairs at school to mud from the park. These germs can transfer onto the carpet, the bedsheets, and anything else that their dirty clothes touch. By ensuring their clothes make it into the laundry basket, which is typically easy to clean if it gets dirty, you keep the dirt and the germs contained. Plus, if laundry isn’t all over it, it’s easier to pick up toys and books to vacuum or scrub the floor. Try to vacuum their floor at least once a week, since it’s a high traffic area that sees a lot of dirt.
Get streak-free disinfection with a microfiber cloth.
For hard surfaces, try a plant-based cleaner, like our Multi-Surface Cleaner for a quick and budget-friendly option. Spray down dressers, desks, tables, and window ledges, then wipe with our Microfiber Cloth to pick up all the dust and germs. You can even spot clean walls and door knobs that get a lot of use. This formula is created with plant-based ingredients that are safe for surfaces and all the members of your family, as well as being friendly to the environment.
Clean fabrics and linens often.
Remember to take care of linens, curtains, laundry, and other fabrics frequently so the harmful bacteria and layers of grime don't build up on them. It's easy to remember to wipe down desks, but curtains and sheets can get forgotten about because they take a little more work. They also collect more germs because they can hide in the woven fibers. Kids are social and fearless, and they come into contact with more germs than adults might, so wash their linens every week or two with our plant-based Laundry Concentrate to keep their rooms fresh and safe.
Tackle sticky or tough areas.
Children's bedrooms can be a hotbed of hidden grime, especially in the corners where no one looks too often. When your child's dirty socks escape the wash, or when food gets spilled behind the bed, it can go unnoticed for weeks or months, and can be the cause of mystery smells. Even worse, these old spills can create set-in stains, or even attract bugs. These spots need some extra help to bring them back up to standard. You can use our Carpet and Upholstery Shampoo to get out both fresh and set-in stains, and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing so you're sure to get a deep clean.
Check from from floor level.
Scan your floor for dirt and stains, making sure to look under and behind furniture for more nooks and crannies that might need a little attention. (Be careful with furniture made from composite woods, since it may emit toxic chemicals when you clean it with harsh substances - an extra reason to choose a safe, plant-based cleaner.) Put down the vacuum cleaner for now; opt instead for a microfiber cloth to get at all the hidden corners.
It might take a little while if your kids’ room need a deep cleaning, but making this a weekly task will ensure that their room stays fresh and smell-free. This will help your house stay clean and neat, and will teach your kids great habits that will help them for their whole lives.