Keeping teenage beds fresh in between washing days

Beds really should be washed once a week, but we all get busy from time to time. Don't feel guilty, as there are a few things you can do to keep beds fresh in between wash cycles. 

This blog is particularly targeted at teenagers' rooms, but it is a trick that can work for anyone. 


  • Eucalyptus room spray

All you need to do is not make the bed, which will no doubt make your kids happy! Rather than the morning ritual of pulling up the covers just ask your teenager to hang the duvet over the bedroom door or over a study chair. If you leave a room spray next to their bed with water and about 20 to 30 drops of eucalyptus oil, they can lightly spray their bed and leave it until they hop back in later that evening.

This will air the bed and give it a light disinfectant during the day. 

If you have animals that snuggle up into beds, this system can also help. Remember, there really is nothing that works as well as a good wash in the machine. 

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Wardrobe: the forgotten room

I would be the first to admit that I am guilty as charged when it comes to keeping wardrobes clean. But doing this will help your clothes stay fresh and dust free, which in turn will extend the life of your clothes. 

There is a once a year big job, a shoes and clothes job, and a once a month small job. 

The big job (yearly):

Take everything out of the wardrobe. This is a great time to work out what you have not worn or what does not fit and to get rid of it. Send it to a charity shop if still in good condition or you can rip up and use for cleaning rags if it is past its use by date. If not it may just be ready for the bin. 

  • Vacuum the shelves, draws, and floor.
  • Use a dusting spray to wipe all the surfaces clean.
  • If any mildew or mould is growing, clean with 100% distilled vinegar.

To complete the process you can line the shelves and draws with scented paper, but this is a nice to have, and is not necessary for the cleaning process. 

Shoes and Clothes:

  • Dust and polish all shoes. For advice on cleaning, shoes see here.
  • Rehang all your clothes and place back into the wardrobe.
  • Place an open jar with a mix of bicarb soda and your favourite essential oil at the back of the wardrobe to absorb any unwanted damp and to keep the wardrobe smelling fresh.  

The small job (monthly):

  • Organise your clothes so they are easy to find.
  • Vacuum the floor.
  • Check for any damp that may have arrived and wipe clean.

Even if these jobs are not done regularly, they will really make your wardrobe a better place. As a finishing touch, you can hang fresh lavender bags in the wardrobe. 

Note: Ensure the drawers and shelves are absolutely dry before you place anything back into the wardrobe. And user the Gyre and Gymble Readymade Box, to store small things in your wardrobe such as socks and ties, etc. 


Removing vomit and the smell

Every now and then someone will get sick and will sadly not make it to the bathroom before they are forced to purge. The consequence of missing the toilet or a well-placed bucket will be that vomit can end up everywhere. Here are a few tips on how to remove the offending mess and smell without pulling out heavy duty chemicals. 


  • Cold water
  • Bucket
  • Bicarb soda
  • Eucalyptus and Tee Tree oil 
  • Distilled white vinegar 
  • Kitchen roll or toilet paper 
  • Tea towels 
  • Spatula 
  • Bed linen & PJs 

Scrap the solids off using a spatula or paper towel into the bucket and take the bed linen off the bed as fast as you can. The less liquid that seeps thought to the mattress and into the quilt will mean less work in the end. Once the solids have been disposed of down the toilet you can put all the linen into a long wash cycle. I like to add a few drops of eucalyptus oil directly to the wash and neat distilled white vinegar instead of a fabric softer. The vinegar will remove any left over odour and will also work to soften the fabric too. 

This is a little tricky.  Fingers crossed you have a mattress protector on the bed and this had gone in the wash with the rest of the linen. If not then I strongly recommend a nice thick one for every bed in the house. If the liquid has seeped through to the surface of the mattress you will need to use some paper towel or toilet paper to soak up as much of the liquid as you can. Now spray the affected area with 100% distilled vinegar and rub vigorously with a clean damp cloth (only use cold water). If you have a fan turn it towards the bed to speed up drying time. Once absolutely dry, mix a few drops of tea tree or eucalyptus oil into enough bicarb soda to cover the offending area and leave the powder to soak up any left over unwanted smells for about 3 hours or so. To finish, vacuum up the bicarb soda and don't forget to empty the vacuum cleaner. Finish with a few drops of your favourite essential oil sprinkled directly onto the mattress surface. If you have a dry day following this accident, take the mattress outside to sit in the sunshine. 

Follow the same process as for the mattress above. 

Timber floors
Scrape up all solids and dispose of in the toilet. Using cold water and the Gyre and Gymble multi-surface spray, wipe the floor clean. If the floor still has a horrible smell you can also use distilled white vinegar but spray this and wipe away immediately. Follow with clean fresh water to rinse the area and then dry. Finish with a room spray or a few drops of essential oil on the affected area. 


Cleaning a teenager’s bedroom

If the word "floordrobe" has not entered your vocabulary, then let me explain: A floordrobe happens when a teenager stores everything on the floor rather than in the cupboard. Most of the time just shutting the door is a good idea, however sometimes you may need a special resolution of the UN the get things tidied up. 

When the smell from the room starts to permeate into the rest of the house, then action may be needed. The degree of intervention necessary will depend on your bravery, but your best bet is to do the following: 


On entering you may be growled at but just scoop up what looks dirty and dump into one basket and dump the rest in the other. Once you have found the floor you can get to work.

Carpet is easy, mix 1 cup bicarb soda with 5 drops eucalyptus and 5 drops lavender oil and sprinkle all over the carpet. Leave for half an hour and then vacuum up. If there are floor boards just use a good mop with hot water, Castile soap and essential oils. With luck the room will be slightly less dusty and should smell fresh and clean. A quick spritz with a water and essentail oil room spray on the bed and surrounding furniture will also help. Now, escape fast and shut the door behind you! 

I hope the resident teenager will say “thank you” but If not they will love you when they have left home and realise what great work you did for them.

Good luck!