3 Tips to Motivate Kids to Clean

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Dishes in the sink, footprints on the floor, blankets all over the basement, and don’t even get me started on the bathroom! Should I just light a match and burn it to the ground or put a hazmat suit on and attempt to clean it?

This summer the boys and I were super excited to have their 6 year old twin cousins come stay with us, but let’s face it, 5 little boys in our house for 5 days can create quite the tornado of a mess! It was time to get this house back in order and Mom wasn’t going to do all of the work herself. It’s easy to get the boys to clean up and get ready for visitors before they come, but afterwards can be a different story. Now that the fun is over, the motivation to clean takes a nose dive!

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3 Tips to Motivate Kids to Clean

1.  Crank the Music

Turn it into a cleaning party! Crank that music up and dance it out while everyone takes a room to clean or a task to do. 

2. Turn it into a Game

Set a timer and try to beat the clock for each room or task. Turn on Pokemon Go and have your kids steps count towards hatching an egg or have fun catching new Pokemon right in your house. Have you started collecting Carrot Rewards yet? you can earn yourself free movie passes just for walking, so make sure your phone is in your pocket or your fit bit is on before you start! Celebrate your hard work with a family game night when you’re done and the house is clean.

3. Turn it into a Competition

For families with younger kids, create teams and collect points for various jobs. If the kids are older and can manage more difficult tasks make a huge master list and each person who completes a task can cross it out and initial it. Who can complete the most challenges?

Having the right tools for the job certainly helps and SJ Johnson has a whole arsenal to get the house clean from top to bottom, yes, even that bathroom we talked about! My boys just love it when I use the Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel. It’s a continuous toilet bowl cleaner that gradually dissolves with each flush, allowing a controlled release of cleaning solution and fragrance. The first time I stuck it on the boys would ask “Mom? What’s this funny dot on my toilet?” Now, they look for it each time and watch as it slowly fades away and they tell me when it’s time for another dose. 

Kids may grumble about having to help out around the house, but they always feel a sense of pride when they do. Everyone makes the messes, everyone needs to help clean it up, keeping the house in order should be a team effort! Doing chores doesn’t have to be a chore, it can be a positive and rewarding experience for kids. My oldest son just loves showing off his bedroom when he’s given it a top to bottom clean and my youngest is an awesome little helper no matter what the task. 

Getting kids to help around the house from a young age sets them up for a lifetime of success. As a mom raising all boys, it’s important for me to teach them both the skills they’ll need to keep their own apartment in order once they move out but also that cleaning is not a job just for the mom or wife. Being a family is like being part of a team, each member has a role to play and we play better when we play together. 



Visit comecleanwithus.ca for ideas on chores for every age and stage, more info on SC Johnson cleaning products and even a custom chore wheel to try! 


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by SC Johnson. In exchange for this post, I have received perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions are my own.


  1. Judy Cowan says:

    Great tips, making cleaning fun is always a good thing no matter what age you are!

  2. Lynda Cook says:

    I hear ya about the messes, when my girls were young we used to have my granddaughter over all the time in the summer and oh my god can 3 girls make a mess, I would do the same and crank the music and make it fun and I would have each girl pick the room they want to clean and see who would finish first!

  3. kathy downey says:

    We love making cleaning a game it gets the job done !

  4. VIctoria Ess says:

    I can definitely think of times when more motivation to clean would have been appreciated!

  5. loucheryl says:

    I like to turn it into a game when my boys help me out in the kitchen. They work much better when there is a game involved.

  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Making it into a game is really the only way it’ll get done. 🙂

  7. The six year old loves the “who can do this faster” game. Also when it’s only for a short time 😉

  8. kathy downey says:

    We had a cleaning party this morning the grandkids work so well with super loud music

  9. My four kids are clutter bugs and it will drive me so crazy that I will start straightening up for them. I know that I am not teaching them anything with this so I welcome any tips like yours that will get my kids cleaning!

  10. I may need to get some of those funny dot things for toilets. Since moving to this new province, I’m getting more frequent molds even though I’m cleaning as often as before.

  11. Keeping a clean place is important for health, and lots of other reasons.

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