One unique thing about our school is the fact that we ask the kids to be a part of the cleaning process. We do this for two reasons: 1) it gives the kids a sense of responsibility toward community spaces and 2) we can save money by only having a janitorial service come in three days a week
The kids “blitz” (wipe down tables and pick up trash off the floor) after every snack and break and “deep clean” (wipe down boards, organize shelves, etc.) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. With all of this cleaning going on, it would make sense that we would go through a LOT of spray cleaner. We ask the kids to bring some in at the beginning of the year, and some of the fumes have made us downright nauseous.
Recently, we were introduced to the Shaklee Get Clean line of products. They’re made from natural, nontoxic ingredients (no crazy fumes), work great, and, best of all, they’re CHEAP! For $18,we got a 16oz. bottle of their Basic Cleaning Concentrate, three cute spray bottles, and Scour Off (a heavy duty paste good for cooktops and bathrooms). It may seem like a lot, but when you consider that you need only a few drops (yes, drops) of the concentrate to make an entire spray bottle, you begin to realize that it equates to pennies per bottle. I was a bit skeptical at first, so I’m glad that I’ve been able to test drive the product at school. Obviously, I’m really pleased with the result and have placed an order for our house! Spring cleaning, here we come!