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Tips to Clean Your Child's Lunchbox

School is back in session, and that likely means it’s about to get a lot more hectic around the house in the morning. Making sure your children have a fully packed lunch is one of the most important parts of the morning, but their lunch boxes can quickly go from a nice way to keep an apple crisp and cool to a nasty, bacteria and mold-filled disaster. Luckily, keeping them clean only takes a little bit of work.

  • Eliminating odors: Depending on your dietary preferences, you may need to worry about your lunchbox stinking a bit more than it needs to – pickles, tuna, anchovies, and other smelly foods can linger, even if the lunchbox is completely clean. In these situations, mix up a paste of water and baking soda, and coat the inside of the lunchbox with it. Allow it to dry before washing it out, usually overnight, and sprinkle in a bit more baking soda if there’s still a bit of a smell left over.
  • Machine washing the lunchbox: Some lunchboxes just need to be thrown in the dishwasher – before you do this, double check the label to see if it should be thrown in the dishwasher or the washing machine. Most lunch boxes should be fine on the top shelf of your dishwasher, but if you’re ever worried about damaging it then you can always hand wash it to be safe.
  • Hand washing the lunchbox: This takes a bit more effort than just letting a machine do the work for you, but with the right technique you can reach all of the tough corners that are ripe to collect day-old food and grow into something unappetizing. A combination of warm water, dish soap, and a clean cloth or sponge should be enough to get the lunchbox clean. Make sure to scrub down the inside and outside, and leave the lid open to dry.
  • Wash the lunchbox after every use: Some days will require a more intense scrubbing than others, but that doesn’t mean you should take a day off from at least giving it a light rinse and scrub to make sure that nothing’s hiding in the corners.

Juggling school, work, after-school activities, and more can start to feel more than a little bit overwhelming as the weeks fly by. Even if you do your best to tidy up your home in the free moments in between the next car ride and bus stop drop-off, it may not be enough to keep everything as clean as you know it could be. That’s when you know it’s time to turn to a professional. Our crew at The Maids Dallas will get your home sparkling again without you needing to lift a finger. Get a free price estimate today by sending us your information through our online form or by calling us at (972) 471-9509.

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