7 Ways to Keep Your Baby’s Nursery Clean
We take a lot of precautions to keep our babies safe, from car seats, corner bumpers and outlet covers. But what about dirt in your baby’s nursery?
A new study has found that common baby items are dirtier than a pet’s water bowl.
Common baby items were tested and it was found that some toys (bath toys being the worst culprit) contain over 4.3 million colony-forming units per square inch!
Teething toys, sippy cups, wooden toys – they all potentially collect mould. Add that to dust, skin and mites and a child’s nursery can quickly become one of the dirtiest rooms in the house. And as we know, little ones love to share their germs.
Keeping the nursery clean
Getting into good habits is the best way to keep your child’s nursery clean from dirt and grime. Simple steps can make a big difference.
Before and after play with toys give your child’s hands a wash with gentle soap. The same goes for when they use the bathroom, eat, blow their nose, play outside or cuddle their pet. Teaching kids early to wash their hands regularly will keep them, their room and your home safe.
Alternatively, keep a sanitation station by the door in your baby’s room (make sure it’s out of your baby’s reach). Keep an antibacterial gel and paper towel handy and store a bottle of Bio-home Multi-Surface spray in close reach of the change table. Storing a Multi-Surface spray in your baby’s nursery is a great idea. It means you can give things a wipe over as your baby plays.
Wipe down the changing table
Every time you change your baby, give the surface a quick spray of Bio-home Multi-Surface cleaner and wipe it over with a sheet or paper towel. This is especially important for those major poop explosions, or when your baby has vomited.
For ease, it helps if you choose a changing mat that is waterproof.
Once or twice a week, wipe the entire surface down with some water and Bio-home Dishwashing Liquid. If your mat has a removable pad cover, you may want to throw this in the wash too.
Wipe down toys
Since babies explore the world with their mouths it’s important to sanitise your little one’s favourite toys. We don’t recommend using disinfectant wipes, as these can be confused with baby wipes. Instead, spray toys with Multi-Surface spray and wipe off with a paper towel.
Dispose of nappies properly
A good nappy disposal system is a must, sealing in odours and waste to keep your child’s nursery germ-free. You should also have a separate hamper for soiled bedding and clothing, too. Soiled items will need to be washed separately in hot water to prevent bacteria from spreading to other clothing and bedding.
To clean your nappy disposal unit, sprinkle bicarbonate soda liberally into the bin, leave overnight and then rinse with water.
Change bedding regularly
Babies smell wonderful…until they pee, poop, vomit or spit up milk. Then their bedding becomes a hotbed for bacteria and odour. Even if bedding appears relatively clean, you should give your baby’s bedding a wash and change at least once a week. Dribble and minor nappy leaks can cause unseen bacteria to grow in your baby’s cot and dust and dirt particles can settle on bedding leading to skin irritation and allergies.
After laundering with Bio-Home Delicate Laundry Detergent, which is specially formulated for baby fabrics, silk, wool and underwear, hang sheets out to dry in the sun. Sunlight acts as a natural disinfectant. Give them a good shake out and rotate the sheets for best results.
Less clutter makes for quicker cleaning so instead of having all your baby’s toys out on display, rotate them by offering five to 10 of them at a time. Not only will this help you keep your baby’s nursery clean, but it will also keep your baby interested in their toys. Too many options and they can become overwhelmed and disengaged.
Before you rotate to the next set of toys, soak plastic, rubber and teething toys in a bowl of hot water with Bio-home Delicate Laundry Detergent. Leave for a few minutes while you mix together distilled white vinegar and warm water and then transfer toys for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and store them somewhere dry.
For plush toys, check the label to see if they can be machine washed. If they can, place them in a laundry bag and on a gentle cycle. The silk protein in our Delicate Laundry Detergent provides superior softness and will have your plush toys looking and smelling like new again.
Keeping your little one healthy and safe is so important, particularly when there is the possibility of infections or illnesses. Bio-home wants to help your baby have a happy and healthy time in their nursery, minimising your worries and concerns as a parent.
Conventional cleaning products are full of dangerous chemicals and these common chemical compounds evaporate under normal atmospheric conditions. This compromises indoor air quality and can make your baby sick.
Eco-friendly cleaners are not only better for your baby, but better for the environment, too. This gives your baby the greatest chance to enjoy a beautiful world.
Visit the Bio-home website to see how invested bio-home are in safety and sustainability around your home.