How do I disinfect my child's backpack?

How to Disinfect a Backpack

Once in a while, a backpack needs some serious cleaning.

  1. Empty the bag completely. You'll be amazed at what you find. (Put everything that was inside into a plastic bag, so it all stays together while you’re washing; clean or replace anything that’s soiled, so you’re not putting anything dirty back into a clean backpack.) Make sure to get into every compartment. If there are crumbs and dust in the crevices, use a handheld vacuum get out as much as you can. Leave every pocket unzipped or unfastened and turned inside out, if possible.
  2. To disinfect a backpack or gym bag, skip the chlorine bleach which can damage fabric and choose instead a pine oil, like Pine Sol, or a disinfectant wipe.
  3. To be effective, the product must contain at least 80 percent pine oil. Proceed to then make a 1:1 solution using warm water. Next, grab a sponge or a cloth to wipe down the inside of the backpack. Finally, let the backpack air dry 
Other ways to help (as recommended by the CDC):
  • Wash their jackets that go to and from school 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Washing your hands often
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth,
  • Cleaning surfaces that may be contaminated with flu viruses 
What we are doing in the district to prevent the spread of the flu:
We take the health of our students seriously and we are working very hard to keep these viruses from spreading. We are focusing extra attention on frequently touched areas such as desks, tables door knobs, handrails, telephones, computer keyboards, and bathroom faucets and fixtures and making sure they are disinfected daily.
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