No parent wants their baby to be exposed to germs but at the same time is doesn’t bode well to be constantly scrubbing the floors and pouring bleach over every surface of the house.
No, parents need to find a happy medium between keeping their house as germ-free and clean for their baby to explore and develop as healthily as possible, without running the risk of gaining the nickname ‘Mrs Mop’!
The following tips may help you create a germ-free environment for baby with too much effort!
Open the bathroom window
How long does it take to open a window? A couple of seconds perhaps? Ventilating your house with fresh air running through it can go a long way in creating a fresh and clean environment. It is particularly important to open windows regularly in the bathroom where mould has a habit of growing due to the dampness and condensation.
Even in the winter months, ensure that you open the bathroom window daily.
It may sound obvious but washing your children’s hands and your own hands is one of our best defences against spreading germs and it only takes a minute – at the most!
Toothbrushes harbour germs and it is advisable to change your baby’s or child’s toothbrush every 3 – 4 months, particularly if she has had a cold.
Clean tea towels, sponges and dishcloths in the dishwasher
Items such as tea towels, sponges and dishcloths are also ‘germ magnets’ and can often go well past the ‘wash date’. Ensure that you wash such items on a regular basis and to make them really clean and germ-free, put them in the dishwasher!
Defrost meat in the fridge
Defrosting meat on the kitchen worktop can mean that germs and bacteria find their way to the meat and could potentially make yourself and your children poorly. Always make sure that you leave meat defrosting in the fridge.
With baby crawling around the floor reaching places that don’t normally see daylight, it is important that you mop everywhere on the floor regularly, paying particular attention to ‘danger’ areas such as around high chairs.