No matter how much you protect your kids, viruses, and bacteria can still lurk around the corner, waiting to pounce—even at the comfort of your own home! The bad news is that you can’t completely get rid of germs unless you are aiming for a lab-sterile home environment. However, you can minimize allergens and germs from sticking to your loved ones by cleaning your home more effectively!
Indoor allergens can put the health of your kids at risk, especially if they suffer from particular allergies. Your home may be free from outside threats such as pollen and pollution, but it may be filled to the brim with irritants such as dust mites, pet dander, and mold.
Limit your kids’ exposure to such allergens by dusting and vacuuming once or twice a week. Vacuum cleaners with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arresting) feature, can effectively trap dust mites and other indoor allergens. If your child has a pet allergy, try to keep pets away from rooms in your house where your child usually stays.
Wash Bedroom Sheets and Drapery
The bedroom should be a cozy haven for your kids, which is why it is essential to clear it from germs and allergens. Change their sheets regularly, and wash the soiled ones in warm or hot water. Don’t forget to include flowing drapery and other cloths used inside their rooms.
The changing table should also be wiped or scrubbed clean using a mix of mild detergent and water. But if it has gone through a massive poop explosion, it’s best to disinfect it with a disinfecting wipe or solution.
Make Your Kitchen Safe
Since the kitchen is the part of your home where you prepare food for your family, it’s important to keep it as clean as possible to ensure food safety and to keep your kids’ health protected at all times.
Aside from doing regular cleanings in your counters and stovetops, don’t forget to pay particular attention to your baby’s high chair. Place its tray directly in the dishwasher, or wash it yourself with warm water and dishwashing liquid. Watch out for the gunk that sticks to its crevices, and pick it out with a cotton swab or dental floss. Finish it off with a good rinse and wipe dry.
Keep Your Bathroom Germ-Free
Your trips to the bathroom may be short and quick, but bacteria can grow and hang around inside long after you flush your toilet. Make sure to wipe down sinks and countertops, as well as the tub and shower walls, regularly to keep mold and mildew from growing.
Don’t forget to clean and disinfect the seat of your macerating upflush toilet too, especially if your young one has not mastered himself with aiming yet. Before flushing the toilet, make sure to close the lid to keep bacteria from exploding around the room.
Clean Your Kids’ Toys
Germs can be easily passed on through your kids’ toys and spread around the entire playroom faster than wildfire would. To keep germs from entering the room, drop by the sink before reaching for the toys. Handwashing is the best way to keep bacteria and viruses from circulating inside the home. Make sure to teach your kids how to wash their hands properly too!
Aside from regularly cleaning your kids’ playroom, keep disinfecting wipes and sprays handy to clean their toys quickly before or after use. Watch out for germ hotspots, such as shelves, drawer handles, doorknobs, and toy chests, as these are common areas that your kids’ little hands usually touch.
Not everyone is a fan of cleaning one’s home, but when your children’s health is at stake, it should easily give you the motivation to start wiping off every impurity from your abode and keep it spick-and-span!