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A CLEAN HOME IS A HEALTHY HOME
A clean home is important for your family’s health and safety, especially with a baby in the household. Food, toys, dummies and hands are constantly coming into contact with floor surfaces where they can pick up a whole host of germs, which can be passed on.
It’s crucial to remember that a newborn baby’s immune system is still developing, so we need to ensure they are protected against potentially harmful germs and bacteria that can, when ingested, cause illnesses.
So, what can you do to improve the cleanliness of your home? We’ve broken the home down into several areas and listed those which need a thorough clean.
In the Bathroom
The bathroom is in continuous use within the family home, and not just by members of the family, but by guests too. Make sure the bathroom is cleaned daily to prevent germs from spreading.
- It should be common practice but make sure you wash your hands after visiting the toilet, or after cleaning your babies nappy. Germs can be passed onto door handles, your baby’s cot and other surfaces, increasing the risk of contamination.
- Faeces, urine or vomit on the floor should be wiped with a disposable cloth which can then be binned; disinfect the area and allow to dry fully before allowing your baby back into the room.
- Keep the bathroom well ventilated, especially after showering and bathing.
- Dry surfaces after cleaning, as dampness creates the perfect condition for mould to develop and grow.
- Close the toilet lid before you flush. This study completed way back in 1975 found that bacteria and viruses remain airborne long enough to spread to other surfaces in the bathroom.
- As they grow up Toddlers do tend to have a fascination with everything they shouldn’t touch! Including the toilet, yes you all know what we mean!! Ensuring that the lid is closed at all times may prevent your little one from putting their hands down it (well for all of 5 seconds! Or for at least the time it takes for you to get to them!). Ensure that your toilet is disinfected daily.
In the Kitchen
Children are susceptible to stomach bugs so it’s important that hygiene is taken seriously, especially within the kitchen where food is being stored, prepared and eaten.
- Wash and dry hands thoroughly before cooking.
- Separate chopping boards for meat, fish and vegetables.
- Use pedal bins so you can use your foot to open instead of your hands, and always wash your hands afterwards.
- Dispose of rubbish often and correctly. Try to keep bins close to the exit so you don’t trail bin juice throughout the house, Yuk!
- Avoid chemical based cleaners in the kitchen and make sure disinfected surfaces are dry before allowing children to sit on them.
- Clean out your cupboards and fridge, making sure any out of date food is disposed of to avoid contamination with other foods.
- Wash baby bottles and sterilisers separately to avoid smearing with germs from other pots and pans. If using a microwave steriliser make sure that your microwave is always spotlessy clean, and that the sterliser lid is shut properly, any gaps will mean that steam will escape making your microwave a perfect breeding ground for germs.
- Once your baby is ready for food the fun begins! Keeping their high chair clean after each use is so important, if you are using a disinfectant to clean the area make sure that it is safe to use around food. Always check the instructions.
In the Laundry Room
This should be the cleaning hub where you keep all dirty washing contained (and don’t forget to clean the appliances too!).
- Poop, vomit and food regularly get on to baby towels, clothes and bedding, so it’s important to wash them at high temperatures to avoid infection spreading.
- Warm, damp cloths are the perfect breeding ground for germs. In fact, a study commissioned by the Global Hygiene Council, found that dishcloths have 6 times as much bacteria as toilet handles in the UK. Make sure you regularly disinfect your cloths and dry thoroughly before re-using.
- There’s no point mopping the floor with a dirty mop head. Wash or replace regularly to ensure you’re not spreading germs around the floor when you should be cleaning it.
- Make sure that all household chemicals are stored away out of your little ones reach.
In the Playroom
Toys are easily contaminated, as they are often brought into contact with children’s mouths and passed from child to child.
- Soft toys can be put in the washing machine or hand washed.
- Hard toys can be cleaned with hot soapy water or even put into the dishwasher.