We all know how time-consuming it can be to have to clean up, but it must be done. Here are some tips for keeping your classroom nice and clean.
· Silver polish will take off grease pencil marks.
· Toothpaste is great for cleaning wooden desks, especially those water spots.
· Shaving cream also cleans wooden desks. Not only will the students have a blast using it, but they can finger-paint and make designs as they clean. (Note: With small children, be sure to put newspaper on the floor under the desks.)
· When you are doing class artwork and dread the mess, cover the worktables with old newspapers.
· Baby wipes are wonderful for wiping hands when needed, cleaning up the room, cleaning dry erase boards, cleaning spills in the room, getting off pencil marks on desks, and erasing transparencies. Not only do they smell good, they are non-toxic.
· Tissues with lanolin make good wipes for all chalkboards and whiteboards.
· Hair spray cleans dry erase boards and will get ink out of clothing. It also removes permanent marks from furniture. If the hair spray seems a bit sticky, spray with rubbing alcohol and wipe.
· For removing crayon marks, just use baking soda and water and rub away.
· Some teachers keep a spray bottle of water and a roll of paper towels by the overhead projector for cleaning the transparencies. Other teachers have suggested covering the original transparency with plastic wrap and writing on it, rather than on the original transparency. Then, just throw the plastic wrap away.
· W-D 40 is excellent for getting tape off walls or boards or project work.
Making classroom clean-up a fun activity for your students is another way to help keep your classroom clean. Here is a great tip from one of our readers:
“I have been trying the “lucky piece of garbage.” I secretly pick a random piece of trash on the floor. When someone picks it up, they win a pencil/treat of some kind. Within minutes, my entire floor is clean and my kids are excited!” -Kristi
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