Quarantine Clean – Tips for a Healthy Home

Trying to stay clean to protect against the coronavirus? Stuck at home with small children? Looking for fun activities with the kids that can help? If you answered yes to any of these questions you have come to the right place.

You probably heard that it’s important to wash your hands and clean and disinfect surfaces.  It can’t be said often enough, but it is also important to remind you that many of our cleaning products contain hazardous chemicals that can be harmful to our families and pets.

If you are on lock-down with little ones running around all day, it’s more important than ever to be vigilant about keeping cleaning products and chemicals away from kids. Read labels so you know which products contain hazardous chemicals, and store them safely where kids can’t get to them.

The easiest way to avoid hazardous products is to avoid using them altogether.  What’s more, making  non-toxic cleaners at home can be affordable, effective, and a fun science-based activity for kids of all ages. All you need are simple products you probably already have in your kitchen like vinegar, dish soap, baking soda, and water.

  • Got a clogged sink? Make a drain-volcano by pouring some baking soda, dish soap, and vinegar into the clogged drain. While the kids watch it foam and explode, put a pot of water on to boil. When its hot, pour it down the drain and watch the clog disappear without any dangerous fumes or corrosive liquids!
  • Need to clean glass or mirrors? Use a mixture of vinegar, dish soap, and water for a shine that rivals any potentially hazardous commercial products. Let the kid’s help you measure and mix, then teach them how to clean!

  • Looking for a reliable all-purpose cleaner? You guessed it, vinegar, dish soap, baking soda, and water. Mixed in the proper proportions, this cleaner is a great alternative to potentially poisonous products from the store. Spice it up with some lemon juice or essential oils to cut the vinegar smell without sacrificing on cleaning strength.

You can find recipes for these and all other types of household cleaners on our website, at:

https://wlssd.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Nontoxic_cleaning_recipes.pdf

It is important to note that these DIY cleaners are not suggested for killing bacteria or the viruses like Coronavirus, but they will do a great job keeping things clean and spiffy without potentially dangerous cleaners. For more about effective Coronavirus disinfection, visit the CDC at:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fcommunity%2Fhome%2Fcleaning-disinfection.html

As always, properly dispose of your household hazardous waste. Throwing it in the garbage or pouring down a drain can be harmful to people and our environment. WLSSD has temporarily closed our hazardous waste facility to keep our employees and our community safe from the Coronavirus, but this won’t last forever. Safely store your unwanted chemicals and bring them in when our operations return to normal.

And in the meantime, stay clean, stay safe, and make it fun!