Go back to school safely with hygiene guide from Milton


The nation has spent a long time at home this year and many parents are worried about sending children back to school in September. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, safety and hygiene are at the top of their list of concerns.

The UK’s number one sterilising and hygiene expert, Milton, has some important tips to make going back to school a bit easier for everyone to navigate.

Before school

  • Take your child’s temperature before school. Sick children should remain at home. 
  • Washing hands thoroughly remains the first line of defense and it’s important to do so regularly throughout the day, including before setting off for school.
  • Rub hands for at least 20 seconds, including back of hands, between fingers and under finger nails. Dry hands well with a clean cloth or single use towel.
  • Keep hand gel in a child’s school bag and teach your child to use it properly *. It should contain at least 65% alcohol for it to be effective on viruses including Covid-19 – Milton Antibacterial Hand Gel is one such product. Also include a packet of tissues to wipe noses and catch sneezes.
  • If travelling by public transport to school, children over 11 years old should wear a mask

Going back to school can make some children anxious, help your children to relax and enjoy their day at school. Answer their questions and reassure them that they are safe.

At school – Children should:

  • Remember not to touch their face
  • Not share cups, eating utensils, food or drinks with others
  • Use disposable tissues and failing this, sneeze or cough into a flexed elbow. 
  • Wash hands with soap and water or use a hand gel very regularly: before entering the class, before and after eating, after going to the toilets, after coughing or sneezing. 

After school

  • Wash hands immediately when arriving home
  • Remove shoes and change clothes. School Clothes should be washed daily.
  • If using disposable mask, throw it away, and if you use a fabric mask put it in a hot wash (minimum 60°C)
  • Clean lunch boxes and water bottles using the below concentrations

At home

  • Disinfect surfaces at home regularly using an antibacterial surface spray. Pay attention to germ hot spots like door handles.

Milton fluid/tablets solution can be used :

  • In the kitchen – to clean floors, fridges, removes stains in cups, microwaves and stove tops
  • In the bathroom -  to clean toilets, basins, soap holders and even toothbrushes
  • In the living room -  to sterilise children’s toys and remote controls
  • In the home office – to clean mobile phones and desk space

Milton products have been trusted for use by hospitals for over 70 years. Milton’s product range has been tested and many deemed effective against Covid-19. These include:

  • Milton Antibacterial Surface Spray
  • Milton Antibacterial Surface Wipes
  • Milton Hand Gel
  • Milton Sterilising Fluid  
  • Milton Sterilising Tablets 

When using Milton Sterilising Fluid and Milton Sterilising Tablets, follow stronger concentrations to combat Covid-19 and wear gloves.  Use 2 full caps of fluid or 2 tablets with 1 litre of cold water. Use the solution on surfaces and leave to act for 10 minutes. Rinse with clean water. 

*Alcohol-based hand gel should not be used by children below 3 years old.

Milton­ products are available nationwide and can be found in Boots, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Ocado, Waitrose and Amazon, and many independent retailers, online stores and pharmacies.

Here’s a chance for two readers to win some Milton Hygiene products. We’re giving away the following to each:

  • Milton Antibacterial Surface Spray
  • Milton Antibacterial Surface Wipes
  • Milton Sterilising Fluid  
  • Milton Sterilising Tablets 


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