And just like that, we are talking about Back to School.
While it was fun to spend our mornings with our toes in the sand, it's time to get our heads back in the books. Routines, schedules and structure — oh my! If you feel like you need a little help shaking off the chlorine, here's a crash course on cleaning your house now that school is officially in session:
1. Shoes off
It's important to make sure that playdate mates know this rule right out of the gate. When friends come over, they must take off their shoes. Have a mat by the front door and make sure your children offer up some encouragement.
2. Wash hands before snacks
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As soon as the kids drop their school bags on the floor, have them head right into the bathroom to rinse the day away. Do they need a constant reminder? Then take a tip from me and leave them a little note on the mirror. Make this step officially part of your routine.
3. Sharing is caring... but not always
Teach your children that it's great to share toys, books and items from their room... but never straws, lip balm or cups. A cold loves to spread! Don't make it easy! My children understand that they should never share anything that comes in contact with their eyes our mouths. Better safe than sorry.
4. Weekly room overhaul
Oh yes. Every single weekend, make sure your children clean out their corners, closets and underneath their beds. My daughter, in particular, loves to stash items from school all around her room. What's the result? Piles and piles of unnecessary stuff just lying around. I start out the school year sitting alongside her and talking her through the process and then eventually allowing her to work on her own.
5. Daily wipe downs
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6. Fridge and Pantry Maintenance
Once a week, make sure all of your food is still fresh and edible. Concentrate on both the fridge and pantry cabinets. Whatever has expired or staled should be trash so that you can make room for upcoming leftovers. Give the shelves a nice wipe down, then hit the market and restock..
Make sure you are keeping your linens clean. A general rule of thumb is to wash your towels after every bath and to change your bed sheets once a week. Pillowcases should be swapped out twice a week if possible. Get the kids involved if they are of age.
So what do you think? Do you have any tips you'd like to share for back to school cleaning? Keep your family healthy and happy this back-to-school season and be sure to check out those Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. They are really amazing at removing germs, bacteria, kitchen grease, and countless other nasties you'll find lurking in your home. The wipes kill 99.9 percent of germs that can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours, 99.9 percent of Viruses* and Bacteria—as well as Staph, E. Coli, Salmonella and Strep!
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