In a matter of months, many parents have taken on the role of teacher, and several of those parents can’t wait to say “school’s out for summer!” But, once the teacher hat comes off, the camp counselor hat goes on – and that can come with its own set of challenges.
Particularly, providing activities that are engaging while also remaining safe. If you’re eager to schedule pool time and outdoor sports, here are a few items to remember to clean, in order to help protect your family from unwanted germs and bacteria.
According to an article in TIME, towels are great bacteria traps because every time you use a towel, you transfer your natural skin bacteria, and any other germs you’re carrying, onto their surface.
For those of you who will be at the pool or beach this summer, it’s even more important to pay attention to your towels. To reduce the spread of bacteria from towels, it can be beneficial to not share your towel with anyone else. Additionally, make sure it doesn’t stay damp for too long, as this can help bacteria grow. Towels should always be cleaned often, and for a deeper clean, hot water and a product with activated oxygen bleach should do the trick.
Sports equipment and pool floats are fun in the summer, but if these items are used often, and especially if they are shared between friends and family members, they may need some more attention. You can reduce the spread of germs from toys by designating outdoor and indoor items. For example, a basketball is an item to use and keep outside (or in a designated equipment area). This can also work for pet toys, as our furry friends can easily track dirt inside from their outside playtime. It’s great to spend time outside, and with a few simple adjustments, you can avoid bringing those germs and bacteria inside your house.
You may be used to sunglasses and hats touching your face during the summer, but now more than ever, you also need to think about cloth face coverings. With sunscreen, sweat and dirt bound to find their way onto your body, it’s important that any item touching your face is clean. That means disinfecting items and making sure to keep track of what is reusable and what is not. In particular, cloth face coverings should be washed after each use, according to CDC Guidelines. The CDC also states that it is important to remove face coverings correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used face covering.
If you feel like you missed spring cleaning, and you’d like to start off the season with “summer cleaning,”
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