Making homemade natural disinfectant spray cleaner is a Green Steps project for 2017-2018 to protect Air Quality. This is a continuing project that has been well-established as a habit in many of our classroom meet-up locations. As well as the preferred cleanser choice at many of our members homes too.
Using Natural Cleansers is a Green Steps project for protecting Water Quality. This Green Steps project has 3 components:
- Students learn something about water quality
- Do something to protect water quality
- Teach others about what they have learned about water quality
We planned this project for the West Columbia co-op where students meet once a week to engage in learning activities. This learning co-op meets at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church in West Columbia. Our North East co-op also implemented the project with their Teen Club. This learning co-op meets at Killian Baptist Church in Blythewood.
The supplies for a students to make a Citrus Cleaner to take home.
LEARN: Several of our students have severe contact allergies to chemical disinfectant sprays. We also learned that chemical sprays are indoor air pollutant when we did our Plants in the Classroom Project. We also learned that these chemicals affect water quality. Chemicals that get into the water supply affect the environment. Sometimes the water is not even safe to use. We can prevent this by using a natural, homemade vinegar disinfectant cleanser instead.
This student is helping clean up after a cooking class–using the vinegar cleanser.
DO: Students make vinegar concentrate with orange peels or mint. We keep the cleanser on hand at our co-op class locations. Students use this cleanser to wipe down the counters and tables before and after our classes.
This student is teaching his younger brother how he made the homemade cleanser and how to use it.
TEACH: It’s become a habit so that many of our students are using the vinegar cleanser at home. They teach new students about the simple way to protect the water quality.
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