Messy Kids: Three Reasons They Come Home from School Dirty

Many busy parents know the extra stress that comes with keeping messy kids looking their best – best as in, not covered in dirt, mud and who knows what else. Parents who are new to the school routine might have sent their little ones off on their first days in a nice shirt or dress (maybe sniffling a little as you take First Day of School pictures) only to have them return at the end of the day with stains on the knees, pen all over their hands and skirt and their hair completely messed up. Having messy kids can mean having a messy house and car—but it doesn't have to. While your kids can easily bring the dirt, grime, and germs into your car and all over your home, you can rely on Dettol® and these tips to help clean up and disinfect the mess and germs they leave behind.

School is meant for learning and sometimes learning means getting a little dirty. Kids need to be down on the ground examining their environment or focusing on putting their ideas on paper rather than keeping pen stains off their clothes. If your kid comes home from school and says "I don't know," when you ask "How did you get this stain?" we can help clear up the mystery of messy kids just a little.

  • PE: Your school might have indoor and outdoor sessions for PE and you probably won't know which is going to happen on a given day. Grass stains, dust from dirt patches, mud, and a wide range of bacteria and viruses are all possibilities. Here's a tip: consider keeping Dettol® disinfectant wipes in the car in order to clean up the mess your kids have brought into your car. Wipe down your dashboard and any other hard surfaces your kids have dirtied to get rid of the mess and germs.
  • Art: It's likely that your child could work with paint, clay, coloured pencils, markers, glue and glue on any given day that happens to include craft projects. Try not to worry too much about these messes – teachers are usually using washable materials because they know how messy kids will get. Throw the clothes in the wash and proudly display that glue-covered masterpiece on the fridge. If paint or glue has really coated the outside of their backpack and spread to the surfaces of your home, use Dettol® Dual Action Wipes to get the worst of the mess off of anything it touched.
  • The two minute walk home from the bus stop: No, really. Kids can create a mess anytime, anywhere. Playing around with friends or stopping to pet the neighbours muddy dog can all happen before they reach the front door. Rainy days mean puddles are calling their name. Keep a container of Dettol® Disinfectant Spray by the door or wherever the messy kids' stuff usually gets dropped. Use it to get rid of any germs that are able to spread quickly once they enter your home.

With the help of Dettol, you'll be able to tackle messes and germs before they spread to other parts of the house and then go on to enjoy your busy evening of getting dinner on the table, getting homework done and relaxing with some time to yourself after they're in bed!

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