Cleaning Scissors | A Cleaner Classroom

Back to school inevitably means a lot of cleaning up – tables need to be wiped down, dust needs to be cleared and everything needs to be ready for the first day.

I have to say, one of the jobs I hate the most is cleaning scissors. In my school, scissors are a communal resource in the classroom, and working with little kids means that they get all sorts of glue and gunk on them during the year. It’s gross.

While I was doing a few jobs in the classroom today, I figured I’d collect my new room’s scissors and take them home to clean them. Now, it’s a mixed collection of scissors, but I’ll go with it (and I’d rather spend budget money on better resources than replacing scissors that don’t need replacing!).

Here’s my scissor cleaning tip:

Place all the scissors (open) in a  bucket of hot water – as hot as you can get it – with a scoop of washing powder.

Leave the bucket to sit somewhere for a few hours. I left mine for about 3.5 hours, you could leave it longer or a little shorter, depending on how much time you have. The water will go cold, and that’s fine.

When the time is up, grab a sponge and wipe down the scissors to remove any remaining gunk. You may need a tiny bit of elbow grease, depending on how dirty the scissors were, but it probably took me 15 seconds per pair of scissors, plus rinsing time.

Lay your scissors out to dry completely.

That’s how easy it is!

Do you have a preferred method for cleaning scissors? Share it – or another cleaning tip – in the comments below!

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