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New parent’s guide to cleaning

By Kirstine Pedersen

Updated: July 4th, 2018

We’ve got a guide to cover some essential ‘new parent cleaning’ tips!

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If you’re coming into parenthood or have just recently become a parent, you’re already aware what an incredible experience you’re in for. You’ll settle into your new baby cleaning routine soon enough, but in the meantime, we’ve got a guide to cover some essential ‘new parent cleaning’ tips. For an extra hand, you can find plenty of affordable cleaning services in London.

Deodoriser for nappy bins

As cute as babies are,  they have a special way of making a stink. So how do you deal with the smell of spent nappies and wipes? Keep baby changing areas smelling nice and fresh by cleaning the nappy bucket with a homemade deodoriser. There are plenty of recipes for this that use everyday household products like baking soda.

How to sterilise a bottle

It’s widely recommended that you sterilise bottles before and after use, to ensure your baby is protected from unnecessary, harmful bacteria growth. One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to sterilise items is to boil them.

To do this:

  • Disassemble and clean the items as you usually would.
  • Place them in a large saucepan with enough water to cover.
  • Bring to a rapid boil for at least 5 minutes.
  • Allow everything to cool, then carefully remove the bottle bits and drain. them dry on a sterile bottle drying rack or surface.
  • Store them safely for their next use.

You can use the same method for other items that’ll end up in your little one’s mouth, such as dummies.

 

cleaning baby bottles
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Cleaning cloth nappies

If you’ve chosen to go down the cloth nappy path, there are things you can do to ensure your baby has the cleanest, comfiest nappies around.

  1. First, before putting anything in the washing machine, you should remove any solids (flush it or bin it).
  2. Choose your detergent – you can help prevent rashes by using a sensitive skin detergent or by making your own using non-toxic, eco-friendly ingredients.
  3. Most parents swear by a hot wash, or two if needed.
  4. Hang on the line to dry, or pop in the clothes dryer if you have one to ensure they’re super sanitised and soft.

Stripping nappies

‘Stripping’ is a common term used to describe a method to get persistent stains out (urine, poop and even minerals from water). It involves soaking the offending nappies in a seriously hot tub of water mixed with a detergent appropriate to the material of the nappies. You generally soak the nappies for up to 8 hours or overnight, before draining the liquid and running them on a hot wash cycle.

cleaning cloth nappies
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The easiest way to clean a high chair

High chairs + baby + meal time = a complete mess! You will find yourself constantly having to clean the high chair, the area around it, and potentially the room it sits in. Having an effective cleaning approach is a necessity. Multi-tasking while cleaning is a parenting win!

  1. Once your little one is done eating, use a warm, damp cloth to wipe as much gunk off the tray, chair, and everywhere that you can.
  2. Spray the tray, handles, harness, straps and seat with a cleaning product of your choice (commercial or homemade).
  3. Leave the chair for a minute or two
  4. Once the mess has softened a little, use a damp cloth with a splash of white vinegar to wipe away the mess and any residual product. It should come off easily (if not, repeat).

cleaning a highchair
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If you’d like some help cleaning when your baby arrives, find an Airtasker offering cleaning services in London.

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