The days of Summer vacation are almost over and going back to your everyday work routine with joy and motivation seems a lovely way to begin the new school year. A thorough cleaning is necessary before starting- meaning not only to sanitize and take care of all the dust and dirt that has been dwelling there while everybody was on vacation, but also to take on the first symbolic responsibility after summer break.
An important rule to keep in mind is that the products you mean to use at school should be fragrance and alcohol free. The benefits of a periodical full cleaning immersion, in fact, could be erased with detergents potentially dangerous for your health.
Below, a guide for the perfect back to school cleaning, so that you will have such an effective plan you will be able to start the year with the right foot.
1. Cleaning the impossible- math manipulatives
While manipulatives are still a great learning technique, they get very dirty very fast. Germs find their kingdom there, and it is difficult to find a perfectly hygienic sanitizing solution that doesn’t involve cleaning them one by one. While this system can give you reassurance, we confirm there is a better way to handle the issue. Gather all the manipulatives into a laundry bag and, after having them disinfected in sanitizing soap, let the washing machine do its job.
2. Take your whiteboard back to when it was brand new
Yes, stains and permanent markings aren’t nice to see, especially when you will have to deal with them for the majority of the following months. Don’t worry, though- for permanent markings use a common dry erase board liquid cleaner, while for phantom stains there are multiple solutions. You can rub alcohol on them or use a microfiber cloth with a specific detergent if you want to try a less DIY technique. If nothing happens, why don’t you combine the two methods?
3. Make art class less of a nightmare
Glitter is a very good art creations ally, but it is still difficult to remove it. The idea is simple- just find something sticky enough to wipe all the glitter out. If you have a lint roller at home, take a chance with it, but some good quality tape will do the trick too. For future reference, you could perhaps consider purchasing glitter pens, way more functional and easier to use- and clean- than plain glitter.
As for other type of stains, such as glue and paint, alcohol works pretty well if you don’t want to invest in a more chemical, dedicate cleaning solution. Baby wipes are a good solution for less stubborn, but still visible, marks.
4. No more dirty desks
The first thing to do when you want to clean your painfully dirty to watch desks is to use a cloth with a bit of soap to smoothen and sanitize the surface, better if followed by a thorough session with a steam cleaner. The heat of the tool not only has the power to kill all germs- it also saves you time, as it is easy to use. Then, a commonly suggested trick reminds us that items we have at home can still have several functions- take your shaving cream with you and see what a difference it makes on the desks. Now, on to the most stubborn marks (sharpie and pen), just rub hand sanitizer in.
In many schools’ teachers encourage students to make cleaning something fun, involving them into something that can be more than a boring chore. Once a day, hand disinfecting wipes to them and put on a nice song they can dance and laugh to, make it a competition or read a short story to them. This way, not only will they learn responsibilities, but also a valuable skill they are certainly going to need later in life.
5. Nice smelling trash cans
Throwing a trash can away isn’t the only solution to put an end to its smell. In fact, before going back to school, it would be great to sanitize those germs so much you won’t be able to smell anything for some time.
After having the can cleaned with bleach, put a cotton ball soaked in some essential aroma- lavender, vanilla, rose- in, and let it stay overnight, or two nights if you think you need it.