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Cleaning Your Classroom: Tips for Teachers

It’s that time of year again: The days are getting shorter, the to-do lists longer, and school’s coming back in session! If you’re a teacher, you know the daily struggle of keeping a clean, healthy classroom. Not only is maintaining cleanliness hard enough with a room full of curious kids, cleaning with non-toxic, safe solutions feels harder each year.

This year, trust these tips and tricks for cleaning your classroom that won’t put your kids’ health and safety at risk, but will leave your space sparkling!

Before School is Back In

  • Do a full deep-clean of every non-porous surface in your classroom with a solution of 1 cup white vinegar, 2 tsp. borax, 4 cups hot water, 5 drops dish soap, and 10 drops of tea tree oil. Wipe with a damp cloth for a smooth shine.
  • Mix 2 parts apple cider vinegar with 1 part pure aloe vera gel in a pump bottle on your desk. Use as a natural hand gel all year long.
  • If your room has an AC vent, remove the filter and/or vent cover and soak for one hour in warm water mixed with 2 cups white vinegar. Allow to dry before replacing.

Throughout the School Year

  • Fill several spray bottles with a 50/50 mix of apple cider vinegar and water. Use as a surface spray for oft-touched items like phones, door handles, and faucets.
  • Kids make crumbs. Every day, spritz around door and window frames with a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar to keep any unwanted critters away.
  • Once a week, use a mixture of 1 cup white vinegar/2 cups water to wet a cloth then thoroughly wipe down your white board. Instant sparkle!

Before You Leave for Summer

  • Check the room for marks from pens and markers. Dab a soft cloth in distilled vinegar then dot on the mark – repeat if necessary. Be sure to spot-check the area for vinegar sensitivity before using on fabric.
  • To remove decals and stickers from the walls for next year, soak the sticker in white vinegar and allow to sit for several minutes. Use a damp cloth to rub off. Repeat the process if necessary.
  • Use an undiluted solution of apple cider vinegar to wipe down all the solid surfaces of your room and remove any unwanted smells.

It only takes a little preparation and persistence to keep your room spick-and-span even once the kiddos are back! Looking for more holistic tips on keeping your space clean without resorting to super-harsh chemicals? Check out the Everyday Green Cleaners section over at!