How Daycares Can Stay Healthy With Proper DisinfectingAs if life wasn’t hard enough with tiny, toddler bosses – now we have Covid-19, SARS-C0V-2, and variant waves on our hands! Daycare professionals know that kids are awesome germ spreaders because of their penchant for touching every single thing and, often, putting it in their mouths. Never fear, Force of Nature is here! Here’s how you can use our powerful disinfectant to protect children and staff at your daycare center.
The Truth About Cleaning Chemicals and HealthYou might think that as long as you and the children at your center don’t touch sanitizing chemicals, you’re not exposed to any health risks. Sadly that is not the case. For example, a recent study showed that chronic exposure to the 2 most common disinfectant chemicals, bleach and quaternary ammonium compounds (“quats”), can be as harmful to our lungs as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. And that research was on adults, so imagine the impact on babies, toddlers and children whose respiratory systems are still developing! Another study showed that chronic exposure to these same chemicals can increase your risk of developing COPD by up to 45%. Something else you might not know is that the CDC recommends avoiding bleach and quats around anyone with asthma or allergies, which is about 40% of US children. It is almost impossible to avoid these 2 ingredients when you’re looking for products to kill germs.
The Difference Between Cleaning and DisinfectingIf you don’t know the difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting, you’re not alone! We’ve got a whole blog post on the topic, but in a nutshell: to be a disinfectant, a product has to be tested, approved and registered by the EPA to confirm that it kills at least 99.9% of the microbes it claims it can. This has to be accomplished during a specific “dwell time”. Cleaning, which removes physical debris, should be done first to ensure that your disinfectant comes into contact with 100% of the surface.
Top Tips for Disinfecting Your Daycare With Force of Nature
1. SurfacesWe disinfect our classrooms to keep kids healthy, but conventional disinfectants often use toxic chemicals that, sadly, may be harming kids, not helping them. Force of Nature is a powerful, EPA-registered disinfectant, but it’s also gentle enough to use around children and people with allergies and asthma. Hypochlorous acid, the active antimicrobial ingredient in Force of Nature, is actually the same substance our own immune systems make to fight infection and is used in veterinary and wound care! That means you can feel good about spraying it on tiny tables and chairs, highchair trays, playmats, and everywhere else kids learn and play. More great news: you don’t need to rinse surfaces after using Force of Nature – just spray and let Force of Nature work it’s magic. You can even let it air dry without wiping. Spray Force of Nature directly onto surfaces in your daycare like:
- Easels and art areas
- Classroom Pet Environments