Come Clean on Your Home – Is It Really Baby Sanitary?
If you weren’t a germaphobe before becoming a parent, you might be one now. You may not have reached Monk or even Seinfeld status, but with children in tow, you probably clean now more than ever before.
Before babies came along, my wife and I were like most people. We kept a relatively clean home and tried to fight the grime when we could. But our little ones changed us, and made us more aware of that filth and grunge we’d sometimes overlook. That dust web in the corner that we’d try to keep out of sight, out of mind was simply no longer acceptable. It had to be taken care of now or our crawling babies would turn it into a snack.
Here’s a few quick tips for keeping a clean, fresh home when you have a small child in the house.
No matter how streamlined and sleek they make today’s high chairs, babies find a way to stuff all the crevices and hiding places with peas, cereal and anything they can get their hands on. So you know if you don’t stay on top of it, mold will find a way. Clean that tray in the dishwasher as often as you can, then attack those nooks and crannies with an old toothbrush or cotton swabs dipped in soapy water or some sort of disinfectant. A clean high chair is sort of like a clean car, it just works better.
Yup, this is where all the dirty work takes place. One could make a strong argument that this is even dirtier than the bathroom, because the only time you use it is on poo-poo duty. So take a moment to clean it every so often with a mild detergent and warm water. The pad will need cleaned too, and if you have a removable cover, throw it in the wash as often as you can.
Wipe it down and vacuum it regularly, but especially keep an eye on that tray, which holds Goldfish crackers like your car caddy holds coffee. It’ll need a regular scrub down or dishwasher visit, especially if you keep it in your garage or car like most people. There’s even stroller cleaning services that’ll detail it like your automobile.
Vacuum, meet car seat. Car seat, meet vacuum. This is probably one of the easier jobs, because you can swing by the car wash and give it a good vacuum without much hassle of extension cords or pulling the car out of the garage, if you’re lucky enough to have one. Besides, you’ll definitely want to use one of the strongest sucking hoses you can get your hands on. A shop vac works very nice, too.
There’s no getting around it, you’ll have to sweep every day, especially if you have indoor pets. It would also be a good idea to not walk around your house with shoes – leave them at the door and keep the outside germs off your carpet. Vacuuming with a HEPA filter is always a fine idea.