Four Spring Cleaning Tips for Better School Engagement

By Lysol
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Mixed race father and daughter are putting paper into a garbage bin at home. They are recycling trash.

Follow these spring cleaning tips during the season or year-round to set your child up for classroom success.

Spring represents renewal and rejuvenation, which inspired the common tradition of spring cleaning. While spring cleaning lists normally have tasks like laundry and dusting furniture, consider expanding your list with the following tips to help your child feel their best and help set them up for a productive spring school semester.

1. Recycle Outdated Homework

From written essays to parent handouts, students accumulate lot of paper over the school year that is kept in backpacks and folders. This season, review the miscellaneous papers and projects with your child to evaluate what is important to keep, like a memorable art project or important notes for an upcoming quiz, and recycle other paper that they no longer need. While it might be tempting to keep old notes to reference or essays you are proud of, consider scanning or saving the work digitally to a computer to avoid physical paper clutter.

2. Disinfect Frequently Touched Surfaces

While surfaces may look clean, it’s important disinfect frequently touched surfaces to remove 99.9% of germs and bacteria. Just as children can bring germs into the classroom, germs can also be transmitted from school to your home. Disinfect your home this spring by using products like Lysol Disinfecting Wipes or Lysol Disinfectant Spray, as directed, on surfaces your child frequently touches like the kitchen counter and doorknobs.

3. Practice Proper Handwashing

Handwashing is not only a great way to remove dirt and grime from hands, but it also helps minimize the spread of germs. Handwashing should be encouraging all year round, but spring is a great time to practice proper technique with your child. The recommended way to wash hands is by thorough scrubbing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

4. Clean Sports Equipment

Spring introduces popular sports like soccer, baseball and lacrosse. Does your child participate in these after-school activities? Sports equipment, like cleats, helmets and guard pads, can be overlooked because they are not regular laundry and can be difficult to clean. However, it’s important to clean sports gear to help remove the smelly odors and sweat that can cause bacteria, mold or mildew. If your child’s spring sporting equipment has been stored away over the past year, consider giving everything a wash and deep clean.

While spring cleaning is the perfect time for a reset, try adding these tips other tips to your cleaning routine year-round. Find more helpful cleaning tips here.

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