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Cleaning Tips to Prepare for the School Year

With all the stores covered with school supplies and backpacks, it is safe to say that the back to school season is in full effect! Get you and your kiddos ready for the busy days ahead with these 7 cleaning tips to prepare for the school year!

Cleaning Games

To start, don’t go about cleaning the house alone, get the kids involved to help you out! One effortless way to spark their attention is to make a game out of those cleaning tasks. Set a timer and turn on some jams and move from room to room getting each one organized. Before you know it, you will be looking at a spotless home in no time!

Clear out the fridge regularly

With all the hustle and bustle of the school year nearing, it is important to give your fridge a thorough cleaning out. Start fresh and empty out the fridge. This will help you know what to toss out versus what to keep. With the items you plan to keep such as milk cartons and mayo jars, it would be a great idea to give them a thorough wipe down. Lots of residue and buildup have probably occurred overtime. Cleaning out your fridge will make school lunches a lot easier and more efficient!

Replace your air filters

Your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) is dependent on how often you change your air filters. Don’t wait until your filter is filled with dirt and allergens, instead, change your air filters at least once every three months to ensure your system is running at its full potential. A clogged air filter restricts air flow, so get it changed!

Clearing out to create a storage system

Gone are the days of your children running in the home and tossing their shoes and backpacks behind them. Clean out your closet or mudroom so that you can have a designated space, for the kids’ school belongings. Make the most of your space by installing low hanging hooks that are easier for children to reach and add in a few baskets or cubbies where the kids can neatly store their shoes.

Streamline lunch packing area

With school out for the summer, many of our lunch packing stations have been neglected for a few months. Make it easier for you to get those school lunches together by starting with a more organized area. Keep all your baggies for food, favorite condiments, disposable silverware, napkins, grab and go snacks, GermX bottles and wipes in a nearby drawer or cabinet. Having everything in one place will make lunch time prep that much easier!

Dry erase board

Clear off last year’s school board and get it ready for this season. Keep your kids abreast of their weekly schedules and important tasks. Additional things to add would be school functions, sports and music practice, field trips and important assignments. Place it near the door or in the mudroom so that it is easy for anyone to see whether they are coming or going.

Give those toys a bath

Get rid of all those extra cooties and give those toys a well-needed washing. With all the extra and love they have received over the summer months, this is the perfect way to get rid of all those germs. To clean your plush toys, toss them into the washing machine with hot water, add your favorite detergent. After, dry the toy in the dryer. For dust mites, add those toys into the freezer overnight. Most hard toys can be placed into the dishwasher. You can clean silicone toys by handwashing them using hot and soapy water. Add vinegar and baking soda to get rid of any extra dirt and grime. Don’t forget to make sure your toys do not have batteries in them! You don’t want to have any unwanted shocks!

Start off this back to school season on a cleaner note – and get more organized before the school year hits! Remember that Mainstream Electric, Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing can help get your HVAC organized for the fall. Schedule professional maintenance to ensure your furnace is working at optimum efficiency. Call (866) 978-9297 to get a technician working on your unit today!