5 ways I motivate my teens to clean the bathroom, and beyond.
I have a confession to make. I haven’t washed a toilet in years. I like to think it’s one of the perks of being a parent. As the kids have grown I’ve passed on my cleaning knowledge to them in the hopes that someday they will go on to clean toilets of their own. It’s been a long road, fraught with hastily half cleaned bathrooms, but my persistence has paid off and I now have one daughter who appreciates a well cleaned bowl. These are the tips that I have used to encourage my kids to clean.
- Start them young – As soon as my kids were old enough to hold a broom and a dustpan I got them involved in the process. I’d make it a game, and offer up rewards. Don’t worry if you haven’t started yet, it’s never too late to hand over the microfiber cloth and have them get to work learning how to take care of a home
- Set the mood with music – Put on a playlist of tunes that get you moving. You’d be surprised by how much more work gets done when you are having fun. Don’t diss their choices either. Put in a pair of earplugs if required.
- Get them cool tools – Gadgets that make cleaning easier are always appreciated. We recently added the Clorox® Disinfecting ToiletWand® Toilet Cleaning System to our bathroom cleaning arsenal and by all reports it’s fabulous. My teen loves that the toilet wand allows her to get all the nasty bits without having to get too close. The disposable, disinfecting cleaning head refills, preloaded with Clorox® toilet bowl cleaner powers through tough stains and kills 99% of germs and bacteria all without splash back. The cleaning head refills are totally easy to switch out. The streamlined storage caddy is also a good looking addition to any bathroom decor.
- Pay them – Would you rather clean a bathroom for free, or get paid for it? I thought so. Pony up some cash, or some quality one on one time in exchange for doing one of the least liked chores in the house.
- Lastly, but probably most importantly, don’t stand over your kids telling them how to clean everything. If they are doing a reasonably good job, say how nice it looks when they are done. If it’s a teen who did an obviously bad job hoping you’d take over, make them do it again. Eventually they will figure it out and your bathroom will sparkle.
These tips have helped me have a happy teen, and clean bathroom, almost without fail. My 2nd oldest daughter is happy to be on bathroom duty, except when she’s not. On those days when she just can’t be convinced to clean I’m happy to give her a break and allow the other kids to learn the ways of the wand, the Clorox® Disinfecting ToiletWand® that is.
What is your best tip for getting teens to clean?
Writer (that’s me!) received promotional samples and a gift card in exchange for her honest opinion. All these tips have been tried, tested, and teen approved. Teen pictured is not the one who likes doing toilets, but she’s learning.