Tips for a healthy & green return to school

Pencils are sharpened, lunches are packed, and alarm clocks are set. This can only mean one thing… the school year is here! With the threat of the recent pandemic still lingering, it is now more important than ever to make sure your child is staying clean and sanitary at school. 

We are sharing some of our expert cleaning knowledge to help you and your child stay healthy this school year, while reducing consumption. We created a list of tips that will help you fight off germs and set your child up for success!

  • Carry hand sanitizer- Washing hands is always the best way to remove dirt and germs from your child’s hands, but is not always available. Having hand sanitizer at the ready is a good substitute that can kill germs and bacteria. Reduce waste by refilling your travel-size containers from a larger bottle to avoid using extra plastic.
  • Leave a note in your child’s lunch box- Tied with bathroom breaks, before lunch is the most important time to wash your hands. To help your child remember to quickly rinse off before sticking their hand into a bag of snacks, leave them a reminder that will brighten their day!
  • Reuse school supplies- We all have pencils, pens, and other office supplies scattered around our houses. Before you take your child back to school shopping, take inventory of what you already have at home. This will not only reduce waste but will cut the cost of your shopping trip! 
  • Cover your mouth!- No one likes to get sneezed on! Avoid spreading germs to others by telling your child to cover their mouth. And circling back to our second tip, remind them to either wash their hands or use hand sanitizer after they sneeze or cough. 
  • Declutter your space- Staying organized not only helps your child focus more in school, but will also help reduce germ buildup. Doing a weekly clean-out of their backpack and locker is a great way to stay on top of it. And remember, if you come across any plastic bottles, recycle them!

With the right strategies, preventing your family from illnesses during the school year can be possible.