Teen Series: (Part 4 of 15) Basic Home Cleaning

As teenagers prepare to embark on their journey toward independence, learning basic house cleaning skills is essential for maintaining a clean and organized living space. Just because they’re young doesn’t mean they need to live in a cluttered home filled with old pizza boxes and junk on every counter like in all the movies!

From dusting to bathroom and kitchen cleaning, these skills will not only contribute to a healthy and hygienic environment but also instill a sense of responsibility and self-sufficiency. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and discover the secrets to a sparkling home!

1.

Cleaning a Bathroom

Cleaning the bathroom is an essential skill that every teenager should know. Teach them how to properly clean toilets, sinks, showers, and bathtubs. Show them how to use appropriate cleaning products and brushes for different surfaces, ensuring effective cleaning without causing damage. 

Emphasize the importance of scrubbing grout, removing soap scum, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. Teach them to pay attention to details, such as cleaning mirrors, wiping down countertops, and emptying trash bins. 

By mastering the art of bathroom cleaning, they’ll be well-prepared to tackle this often-dreaded chore.

2.

Cleaning the Kitchen

The kitchen is truly the heart of every home, whether it’s an apartment or dorm room. Your kid needs to eat, and maintaining a clean and sanitary kitchen is essential for a healthy living environment. 

Teach your teen how to clean countertops, sinks, stovetops, and appliances effectively. 

Make sure they can demonstrate the proper use of kitchen cleaning agents and tools, such as sponges, brushes, and degreasers. Show them how to tackle common kitchen challenges, like removing stubborn stains or burnt-on food. 

Encourage them to empty and clean the refrigerator regularly and to wipe down cabinet surfaces, especially before it builds up. Emphasize the importance of sweeping or vacuuming the floor and mopping with appropriate cleaning solutions. A steam mop works wonders for a quick tidy up in our kitchen. 

With kitchen cleaning skills under their belt, they’ll be able to maintain a hygienic and inviting space that they can be proud to host in!

3.

Dusting

Dusting is a vital step in keeping your home clean and free from allergens and dust build-up. Teach your teenager the proper techniques for dusting. Show them how to use a microfiber cloth or duster to wipe surfaces, starting from the top and working their way down. 

Show them the importance of dusting often-neglected areas such as ceiling fans, light fixtures, window sills, and baseboards. Encourage them to use a vacuum cleaner with brush attachments to remove dust from upholstery, mattresses, and hard-to-reach corners. Regular dusting helps maintain a fresh and healthy living space.

4.

Organization and decluttering

In addition to cleaning, teach your teen the importance of organization and decluttering. Show them how to create a system for organizing belongings, such as using storage bins, labeling, and arranging items in a logical manner. Encourage them to declutter regularly by getting rid of items they no longer need or use. 

Teach them the value of tidying up after themselves, putting things back in their designated places, and keeping common areas neat and tidy. 

Organization and decluttering not only contribute to a visually appealing space but also reduce stress and enhance productivity.

5.

Safety First

Above all, emphasize the importance of safety during house cleaning. Teach your teen to use cleaning products responsibly, following instructions and precautions. Show them how to protect their skin and respiratory system by wearing gloves, masks, or goggles when necessary. Teach them to handle cleaning tools and equipment with care to prevent accidents. 

Make them aware of common household cleaning products they should never ever ever mix. Alone, they’re fine for basic cleaning, but mixed, they can become highly toxic chemicals.

Household Products to Never Mix:

Bleach + Ammonia = Chloramine

Chloramine smells like chlorine. It irritates skin, eyes, and mucous membranes.

Bleach + Alcohol = Chloroform

Chloroform can knock you out cold. It causes liver damage and potentially cardiac or respiratory failure.

Bleach + Vinegar = Chlorine Gas

Chlorine is a toxic gas that attacks the eyes, respiratory system, and skin.

Peroxide + Vinegar = Paracetic Acid

Paracetic acid is highly corrosive and irritates the skin, eyes, and respiratory system.

Print it yourself as a reference. By prioritizing safety, they’ll create a healthy environment for themselves and others.

Equipping your teenager with basic house cleaning knowledge sets the foundation for a clean, organized, and healthy living space. With these essential house cleaning skills, they’ll be well-prepared to maintain a clean and inviting space as they venture into adulthood.

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