As COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the country, and as the kids head back to the classroom, a lot of parents are now worrying about their children contracting COVID-19 in the classroom - especially as the Delta variant runs rampant. Still, life goes on, and with the return to school, comes loads of laundry, and the stress of keeping your children and your home germ-free. With that in mind, today we'll discuss some environmentally-friendly laundry hacks for parents to keep their kids' backpacks, lunch boxes, clothing, home and more germ-free during another pandemic school year.
Environmentally-Friendly Laundry Hacks #1: Remove School Clothes ASAP
When the kids get home from school, have them remove their school clothes and their masks immediately so they can be washed. Many families we've spoken to have increased their laundry tasks from once a week to once every day or other day.
If doing laundry more frequently isn't an option, you may want to consider investing in more school clothes. For example, if your kids attend a school that requires a uniform, purchase 5 sets of uniforms (shirt/pants or dresses). Then wash them all at the end of the week.
Environmentally-Friendly Laundry Hacks #2: Sanitize anything that can't be thrown in the Washing Machine
Anything that can't be thrown in the wash should be sanitized daily. Keep a container of wipes or spray at your door so that you can quickly and easily wipe down backpacks, lunch boxes and shoes.
Environmentally-Friendly Laundry Hacks #3: Wash Clothing in Warm or Hot Water
Most times, washing your clothes in cold water is effective at getting your clothing clean. In fact, many sanitation additives can be used with cold water. However, if you're particularly concerned about keeping your kids and home germ free, than wash everything in the warmest cycle that your clothing can tolerate to better protect against germs (including the coronavirus). Warm and hot water is particularly effective at killing germs.
4. Keep Hand Sanitizer on Your Kids While at School
Make sure that your kids always have access to hand sanitizer and are practicing good hygiene while they're away from home. You can do this by attaching their masks to a lanyard so it never leaves their person (including falling on the ground) and keeping hand sanitizer on their backpack or leaving an individually packaged wipe in their lunch box. We also encourage you to keep a spare mask, tissues and stain remover tucked away in their book bag just in case they ever have an accident (in much the same way that you might include a change of clothes for your young preschool or elementary aged child).
5. Work with Your Kids' School
If your child's school hasn't already implemented best practices for protecting students, then work with them to create some protocols. This might include helping provide funding for additional sanitation or water-bottle fill up stations, providing wipes for teachers to use in the classroom, or volunteering your time in the afternoon to help the school prepare for the next day. It also includes supporting any mask mandates that your school has put into place. While no one enjoys wearing a mask, it may just be the thing to protect your children this school year.
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