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5 Tips for Keeping Your RV Clean with Kids on Board

Keeping an RV clean can be a challenging task, especially when traveling with kids. Children tend to make messes, and the limited space in an RV can make it difficult to keep things tidy. However, with a little planning and organization, it is possible to maintain a clean and comfortable RV, even with kids on board. 


In this article, we will share 7 tips for keeping your RV clean with kids. From setting ground rules to investing in the right supplies, these tips will help you enjoy a cleaner and more organized RV experience with your family.


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1. Set ground rules for cleanliness

Setting clear expectations for cleanliness is important when it comes to keeping an RV clean with kids. Much like adults, children need to know what is expected of them when it comes to keeping the space tidy. By setting ground rules, you can create a shared understanding of what is considered clean and what is not and help ensure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to maintaining the RV’s cleanliness.


Examples of ground rules that can be set include “no eating in the living area,” “everyone is responsible for their own dirty dishes,” “shoes off before entering the RV,” and “put away all toys before bedtime.” Additionally, you can assign specific tasks to each family member, such as making the beds, vacuuming the floor or wiping down the table after meals. Another rule could be “No food or drinks in the bedrooms” to avoid spills or crumbs. These rules help create a sense of responsibility and ownership in the kids and make it easier for everyone to keep the RV clean.

2. Protect the seats with slipcovers

Slipcovers provide a barrier between the seats and spills, dirt, and stains, which can make it much easier to keep the RV looking clean and tidy. They are usually made of durable and easy-to-clean materials, such as cotton, polyester, or a blend of both, which make them suitable for protecting the seats of an RV. Additionally, they come in a variety of colors and designs, which can add a decorative touch to your RV’s interior.


Another advantage of slipcovers is that they are versatile, meaning they can be used in different areas of the RV, like the living area, bedrooms, or even on the dinette seats.

3. Keep cleaning supplies on hand

Children tend to make messes, so having cleaning supplies readily available can make it much easier to clean up spills and stains as they happen. Suggestions for cleaning supplies to keep on hand include all-purpose cleaners, microfiber cloths, and a portable vacuum. 


All-purpose cleaners and microfiber cloths can be used on a variety of surfaces, such as countertops, tables, and floors. Meanwhile, a portable vacuum can clean up spills and crumbs quickly while also keeping the RV’s carpets and upholstery looking clean. 


Additionally, you may want to have some glass cleaner, a scrub brush, a bucket, and a mop if you have tiled floors. Other supplies like a lint roller, a stain remover, and rubber gloves will come in handy as well. By keeping these cleaning supplies on hand, you’ll be better prepared to handle messes as they happen and keep your RV comfortable and tidy.


You can keep your cleaning supplies in a designated caddy or bucket to hold everything in one place. A caddy can be a plastic bucket, a tote bag or any other kind of container that you can easily carry around, with compartments that keep the supplies organized and easy to find.

4. Have a designated area for toys

When children have a designated place for their toys, it’s easier to keep track of them and ensure they don’t get lost or scattered throughout the RV.


Try providing the kids with a toy bin they can easily access, such as a plastic storage container or a fabric basket. You can also use mesh bags, which you can hang on a hook to keep the toys off the floor. Be sure to label the container with the word “TOYS” or something similar that the kids will understand. 


You can also assign a specific area for the children’s toys, such as a shelf or a corner of the room. Doing so can be a great way to keep the toys out of the way when they’re not in use, and it also makes it easy for the kids to see where the toys belong.

5. Involve the kids in the cleaning process

Including your kids in the cleaning process can teach them responsibility and contribute to the overall cleanliness of the RV. When children are given specific tasks and held accountable for their actions, they are more likely to take ownership of the space and be mindful of the messes they make.


To involve your kids in tidying up, try creating a game where they can earn points or rewards for completing tasks, such as picking up toys or helping clean the bathroom. You can also give them a specific area of the RV to take care of, such as their own bed or the living room – this way, they learn to take responsibility for a specific area and learn to keep it clean and tidy.


Keeping an RV clean with kids on board can be a challenging task, but it is possible with just a little bit of planning and creativity. By following these tips, you can enjoy a cleaner and more organized RV experience with your family and make the most out of your stay.


Whether you need to rent an RV for a short trip or an extended stay, Smoke Tree is one of the best RV parks in the Bakersfield area. For more information, you may reach us at 661-831-6154 or send us a message.

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