How to Get Kids Involved in Cleaning and Disinfecting

Cleaning and disinfecting have always been adult activities. In most households, children are usually nowhere near their parents when they are taking action against germs and contaminants as chemical disinfectants are potentially hazardous to them. However, it doesn't have to be the case. With the right products and tools, cleaning and disinfecting can become a safe family activity and a special learning moment for the little ones. Here's how to get kids involved in cleaning and disinfecting.

Cleaning and Disinfecting with Children

They say that the best habits are learned in childhood, so this may be the perfect time to teach your kids valuable lessons that will make all the difference in their lives as they grow up. Some of these habits are helping with household chores, cleaning up after themselves and protecting themselves from germs, considering the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on everyone. These are life skills that will certainly benefit them in the future. How Do You Clean And Disinfect Baby Toys Naturally?

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So, how can you get your children involved in cleaning and disinfecting? There are several things you can do:

Show them that a clean home is a happier and healthier home

Even a child can notice that when their home is clean and disinfected, the air feels lighter, the house feels fresher and everything just looks better. Make sure they also understand that keeping a tidy and clean space also promotes better health. Showing them these benefits from an early age will certainly contribute to their building of positive habits.

Teach them how germs can spread and could potentially make them sick

Germs, good and bad, are everywhere and even though they can't be seen with the naked eye, you can still teach your kids about them and how these microorganisms can affect their lives. This is also a great opportunity to explain why they can't place objects like toys and household items in their mouths (this is for the younger ones), as this is exactly how infections happen. Instead, encourage them to help you store and clean their toys and other belongings as a way of living a healthy life.

Start small

Kids will cooperate much better if you set small and achievable goals for them to complete in a short period of time. For instance, encourage them to organize their shoes on the shoe rack before you finish collecting their laundry or ask them to pick up as much of their toys as they can in 5 minutes. This will make it fun for them and help them stay focused as they develop those productive behaviours.

Build a cleaning and disinfecting routine that works for all

Kids need routines as they learn important life skills and build positive habits. You can use this same method to teach them the importance of cleaning and disinfecting. For instance, you can assign them a task during your weekend cleaning routine. It could be cleaning their room, organizing their school supplies, or anything else you can think of. In time, they will get better at it and maybe even feel more enthusiastic about it. Disinfecting Children's Playgrounds, Toys, and Sports Equipment

Lead by example

Children learn more if you show them what you expect them to do. Allow them to follow you around while you clean (as long as you're using organic and hypoallergenic products that won't cause any harm to them) without asking them to do anything at first. Just show them how to do things and why these tasks are important. Trust us, it will make much more sense to them if you take this step.

Use products safe disinfecting products and age-appropriate tools

As we just mentioned, choosing all-natural, non-chemical, biodegradable, organic and hypoallergenic products is a must when your kids are around. These products are safe to use around pets and plants as well, so they are the ideal solution for home cleaning and disinfecting. Visit our Disinfectants page to learn more.

Best Sprayers for Children's Activities

If you want to get your kids involved in cleaning and disinfecting your home but are concerned about their safety when it comes to exposing them to cleaning products, this list is for you. These are 8 family-friendly disinfecting products recommended by us for being safe for children. What Are the Best Disinfectants to Use in Sprayers For Kids' Spaces?

1. EnviroNize® Anolyte Multi-Use Disinfectant Spray

This ready-to-use disinfectant is not only perfect for all surfaces but also safe for all family members, including your pets! It is a multifunctional product that you can use confidently on all hard non-porous surfaces without having to send your kids to play in the backyard. It is made of a concentrated electro-chemically activated solution rich in oxygen, in which pathogens such as odour-causing bacteria and viruses cannot survive. Overall, it is a perfect product to use if you want to get your kids involved in your cleaning and disinfecting routine. Products for a Safe School Year

2. Mini Nano Personal Sanitizer Sprayer

This pocket-sized sprayer is perfect for kids! They can take it to school, to music classes, to hockey practice, and everywhere else! We can almost guarantee they won't resist since the device is available in an attractive variety of colours available for them to pick their favourite. Encourage your kids to use the sprayer to disinfect surfaces in public washrooms, school cafeterias, enclosed spaces like elevators, and public spaces in general. The Safest Disinfectant During Pregnancy

3. EnviroNize® Anolyte Cleansing Wash Airless Pump - 6 Pack

Personal hygiene is another great lesson that your kids should learn from an early age, and for that, you can rely on our EnviroNize® Anolyte 200 Natural Cleansing Wash. This approved broad-spectrum cleansing wash is perfect for their little hands and face and works wonderfully as a body wash as well. It not only cleans but also soothes, refreshes and invigorates their delicate skin. The product features the same concentrated electro-chemically activated solution rich in oxygen that  EnviroNize® Anolyte is known for, which is effective against most bacteria and viruses, making it a family favourite.

4. Ultra-Lyte Disinfectant

Do you have pre-teens or teens at home? Then they are ready for more complex tasks like operating a disinfecting device loaded with Ultra-Lyte Disinfectant. This top-selling product is perfect for them to quickly disinfect their school stuff after a long day or their sports gear when they return from practice. Whatever the case, Ultra-Lyte spray-on sanitizer and disinfectant with powerful antimicrobial properties are perfect to keep them safe from pathogens such as the Human Coronavirus, Norovirus, Escherichia coli, Listeria, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, and Influenza A (H1N1), given 10 minutes of contact time and allowed to air dry.

5. SaniGO Sanitizer Wrist Band

The sanitizer wristband that you know and love! It comes in a rainbow of colours, which is ideal for both the little ones and the older ones who are always on the go. This accessory is flexible, durable, waterproof, and easy to clean, and it fits just like a watch around your wrist, holding up to 15 mL of gel hand sanitizer. Order a SaniGO Band Surprise Pack today!

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6. Ultra-Lyte Hard Surface Cleaner

Great for cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces at home, especially after your kids had their friends over and they made a mess in the kitchen while baking. You know exactly what we are talking about. Encourage them to clean up after themselves using this cleaner and disinfectant with powerful antimicrobial properties. Just like every other Ultra-Lyte product, this one is effective against pathogens such as the Human Coronavirus, Norovirus, Escherichia coli, Listeria, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, and Influenza A H1N1.

7. Vital Oxide Disinfectant

Another great product to teach your kids the importance of keeping a tidy and clean home. Vital Oxide Disinfectant kills common bacteria and viruses and works as a heavy-duty odour eliminator. Plus, it is registered on the Canadian Government's list of disinfectants with evidence for use against COVID-19, indicating it is likely to be effective and may be used against this virus and many others. Give it a try!

8. Family Disinfecting Package.

Last, but not least, we want you to discover the perfect disinfecting fogger bundle to keep your family safe at home and get your kids involved in cleaning and disinfecting. The package includes one Cordless ULV Atomizer or Mini Thermal Fogger, five SaniGO Sanitizer Wrist Bands, two Mini Nano Sanitizer Sprayers (colours may vary), and eight litres (2.1 Gallons) of Ultra-Lyte Disinfectant. A true family-friendly bundle!

And that's it for now. If you have any questions about our products, more techniques to get your kids involved in cleaning and disinfecting, or would like to inquire about our services, don't hesitate to contact us. At Disinfect & Fog, we are always available to help with all your disinfection and sanitization needs.

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