Top 10 Tips for Maintaining a Clean and Safe Environment for Your Kids
As a parent, the health and safety of your children is always a priority. In today's world, that often means being conscious of the environment they're in. Whether it's their rooms, the kitchen, or the family car, maintaining a clean and safe space for your kids is crucial. But how can you ensure that these spaces are as clean and safe as possible? Here are our top ten tips.
1. Understanding the Importance of Clean Spaces
Cleanliness is more than just about appearances. A clean environment is a safe environment, especially for kids. Children are more susceptible to infections and diseases due to their developing immune systems. By maintaining clean spaces, you help reduce the risk of exposure to harmful bacteria and allergens. A 2021 study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that cleaner indoor environments contribute to fewer instances of common infections in children.
2. Regular Cleaning Routine
The first step to maintaining a clean environment is establishing a regular cleaning routine. Dust, vacuum, and mop at least once a week. Clean high-touch surfaces daily, such as doorknobs, remote controls, and toys. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers an excellent guide on cleaning and disinfecting your home[^2^].
3. Safe and Effective Cleaning Products
When choosing cleaning products, prioritize those that are safe for children and pets, yet are protected against harboring harmful microbes. Everest's NoStench® product line, for instance, provides long-lasting antimicrobial protection without harmful chemicals.
4. Hand Hygiene
Teach your children about the importance of hand hygiene. Regular hand washing, especially before meals and after using the bathroom, can drastically reduce the spread of germs. An alcohol-free hand sanitizer like Everest's 24 Hour Defense™ Foaming Hand Purifier can be a great addition to your hand hygiene routine.
5. Proper Food Storage and Preparation
Ensure food is stored and prepared safely to avoid food-borne illnesses. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends keeping your refrigerator at or below 40°F (4°C), and always separating raw foods from ready-to-eat foods.
6. Indoor Air Quality
Maintain good indoor air quality. Regularly replace air filters and consider using air purifiers, especially in rooms where your kids spend most of their time. Everest’s sub-micron air filters can filter out particulates as little as 0.1 micron in size, providing a safer breathing environment.
7. Personal Hygiene Items
Ensure each family member has their own personal hygiene items. Sharing toothbrushes, towels, or washcloths can spread germs. Regularly wash these items and replace them as needed.
8. Safe Storage of Cleaning Supplies
Store cleaning supplies and other potentially harmful substances out of reach of children. Oregon State University provides guidelines on safe storage of household chemicals.
9. Regular Laundry Routine
Regularly wash and dry clothes, bedding, and plush toys. Consider adding an antimicrobial laundry protectant like NoStench® Laundry Shield to your routine to protect against odors caused by mold and mildew.
10. Teach and Encourage Cleanliness
Last, but not least, teach your kids about cleanliness. Encourage them to clean up after themselves and participate in household chores. It's a great way to instill a lifelong habit of cleanliness and personal responsibility.
Maintaining a clean and safe environment for your kids doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming. With these tips, you can create a home that's not just clean, but also safe, fresh, and comfortable. Start creating that healthier environment today with Everest’s suite of antimicrobial products. Visit our product page to explore the range and find the perfect solution for your family's needs.