BACK TO SCHOOL!!

,Though it’s hard to believe, summer is winding down already. Schools are setting up and football season is just around the corner. After a lovely summer season, it is now time to prepare your home and family for the allergy season, cooler temperatures and a new school year. While everyone knows about “spring cleaning”, it’s good practice to clean, de-clutter and prepare your home for each changing season.

How can I clean my kids’ filthy backpacks?

Answer

To clean: Backpacks sometimes seem to double as garbage bags. So first empty your child’s pack and turn it upside down over an open news­paper to get rid of lurking debris. Remove visible dirt from the inside and outside with a dry scrub brush or a vacuum, using the upholstery attachment. Then wipe all over with a sponge moistened with mild dish detergent; give a final wipe with a damp sponge and air-dry. Do not soak or submerge the bag in water (which can damage the protective surface coating). Store in a dry place to prevent mold and mildew. If the zipper gets stuck

How can I clean my kids’ filthy backpacks?

Answer

To clean: Backpacks sometimes seem to double as garbage bags. So first empty your child’s pack and turn it upside down over an open news­paper to get rid of lurking debris. Remove visible dirt from the inside and outside with a dry scrub brush or a vacuum, using the upholstery attachment. Then wipe all over with a sponge moistened with mild dish detergent; give a final wipe with a damp sponge and air-dry. Do not soak or submerge the bag in water (which can damage the protective surface coating). Store in a dry place to prevent mold and mildew. If the zipper gets stuck, loosen with a non-staining silicone spray.

Kid hint: Make sure your children unload food, candy, gum wrappers, and dirty napkins and tissues as soon as they get home. Set aside one day a week (Friday or Saturday, perhaps) when they have to empty the pack and remove nonessential items.

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