How to Make Your Day Care More Eco Friendly

Five Methods:Eco-Friendly CleaningEco-Friendly and Eco-Healthy PlasticsEco-Friendly PesticidesEco-Friendly LessonsEco-Friendly Snacks

Many families have made major and minor adjustments to their lifestyles to create a greener, more eco-friendly household. Many parents feel more comfortable leaving their children with caregivers that have the same values. Eco-friendly day cares are becoming popular as more people reach out to create a healthier world. Small changes can help make your day care more eco-friendly.

Method 1
Eco-Friendly Cleaning

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    Find a way to make your day care germ-free through eco-friendly cleaning. Refrain from using chemicals as much as possible.
    • Use alternatives to cleaning with chlorine bleach. Peroxide-based bleach, quaternary ammonia and borax are all safer options for the environment and the children.
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    • One multi-purpose green cleaner is ionized acidic water from a water ionizer. When made at 2.7 pH, ionized acidic water has been lab tested and proven to kill E.Coli and staph bacteria on contact. It is safe and effective on plastic toys, countertops, floors, glass, toilets, door handles and even on skin so no gloves or masks are needed. You can make it for pennies on the gallon by hooking a water ionizer up to your tap and filling a plastic spray bottle with it.
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    • Refrain from buying aerosol spray cans. Instead, create your own air fresheners using essential oils and baking soda.
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    • Create your own cleansing products from ingredients you can trust rather than purchasing cleaners full of chemicals.
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    • Mix ingredients such as vinegar, borax, mild detergent, antibacterial essential oil and water to make products such as window cleaner, mold and mildew remover, carpet spot cleaner and all-purpose cleaner.
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Method 2
Eco-Friendly and Eco-Healthy Plastics

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    Use caution when buying or using plastic materials, including toys. Certain plastics have a negative effect on health.
    • Stay away from plastics that contain the recycling codes 3 (PVC), 6 (PS) and 7 (other).
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    • Only buy sippy cups and bottles that are "BPA free." These are safer for children.
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    • Do not use plastic containers to heat foods in a microwave.
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    • Preserve food with PVS-free plastic wrap.
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    • Look for toys that say naphthalene-free or PVC-free on the labeling.
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    • Throw away any plastic spoons, plates, sippy cups or bottles that have scratches on them.
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Method 3
Eco-Friendly Pesticides

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    Consider Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which is safer for the children and the environment. Use pesticides only when necessary and no other options are available.
    • Clean up any food or drink spills or crumbs as soon as they occur so they do not attract pests.
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    • Fill-in cracks and holes with expandable foam or caulking to prevent pests from entering through them.
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    • Use a garbage can with a lid and take the trash out daily.
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    • Store food in sealed containers. Pests need food and water. Do not leave either out for their taking.
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Method 4
Eco-Friendly Lessons

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    Begin to teach children about recycling and taking care of the environment.
    • Model eco-friendly habits by using recycled supplies for art projects. Purchase recycled paper.
    • Plant a garden with the children. Harvest the crops and enjoy a healthy snack.
    • Take nature hikes or walk around the premises and discuss how various plants and animals help the environment.

Method 5
Eco-Friendly Snacks

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    Buy organically grown fruits, vegetables and snack foods. Teaching children to enjoy these foods at an early age is healthier for the child and better for the environment.

Things You'll Need

  • Peroxide-based bleach
  • Quaternary ammonia
  • Borax
  • Essential oils
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Mild detergent
  • PVS-free plastic wrap
  • Expandable foam or caulking
  • Garbage can with a lid
  • Sealed containers
  • Organically grown fruits, vegetables and snack foods

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Categories: Environmental Awareness | Sustainable Living