Tips on How to Get Your Teens to Clean

Are you tired of constantly nagging your kids to clean up around the house? You’re not alone!

A recent survey revealed that 96% of mums view cleaning as an important life skill for their kids to learn, yet only a small percentage of teenagers actually do anything around the house.

Blogger for The Kids Are All Right and mother of two teenage boys and a tween girl, Emma Toomey, offers her handy tips and tricks on how to get your kids to help around your house:

1. Offer choice – Teenagers want control of their lives. Give them a choice of cleaning jobs, or give them a list of jobs to be completed within the week and let them decide when they get it done.

2. Be patient – If you teen’s cleaning isn’t up to scratch, don’t worry. Show them how to do it correctly and explain why it needs to be done that way. Be prepared to repeat the lesson.

3. Make it easy – Place products in clear view so they can clean as they go. Your teen will be more likely to clean the shower screen if it’s as easy as reaching for VIVA Shower Fast Wipes in the shower caddy or the bathroom vanity drawer.

4. Make it work for you – You may decide to ignore the mess in your teenager’s bedroom because their ability to clean the bathroom is far more helpful to you. Or instead of cleaning, you might choose to have them cook a family meal or take out the bins.

5. Clean on the go – Get teens in the habit of cleaning as they go. For example, keep VIVA TV & Computer Wipes on hand so they can clean the screen before watching TV, or have them clean the mirror after they’re (finally) done in the bathroom!

Parents can log on to to sign-up to create a personalised family cleaning calendar to help allocate tasks and set motivating reward.

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