When you live with small children who are on the move, house cleaning has special challenges. Since toddlers put their hands on everything, and put everything in their mouths, your house cleaning routine should include steps above and beyond the typical basics.
When cleaning a home with toddlers, think like a toddler. Look at everything from their perspective: floor level. Think about which objects might be handled or touched by tiny hands and potentially be a source of germs or bacteria.
Reduce the Spread of Germs
Pay special attention to surfaces that could potentially harbor germs and use your due diligence to reduce the spread of pathogens. Use common sense; every surface doesn’t need to be disinfected. But if little Henry’s nose is running from a cold and he’s wiping it with his hands, pay attention to areas that he subsequently touches.
It shouldn’t be difficult to deduce which surfaces your toddler favors for tactile stimulation: the fingerprint trail will tell the tale. Keeping this evidence cleaned up reduces the spread of germs and keeps areas looking fresh and clean.
When cleaning surfaces with which toddlers will come in contact, use cleaning agents that are appropriate for the task. Read labels and be sure whatever you’re using is safe for your toddler, safe for the surface being cleaned, and doesn’t pollute your indoor air quality.
Keep Cleaning Agents Close at Hand
When using cleaning agents around toddlers, always keep track of your supplies. Accidents take only seconds. Wear an apron with pockets or clean at naptime and don’t allow yourself to become distracted so something toxic gets left where it shouldn’t be.
Keep Floors Clean
Toddlers need space in which to explore. Keep carpets vacuumed and floors mopped. Spot-clean soiled areas ASAP.
Keep Toys off the Floor
Don’t allow toys to accumulate on the floor. When not in use, keep them picked up, both to make floor cleaning easier and to reduce the transfer of dirt and pathogens to the objects with which your child plays.
Cleaning homes with small children is challenging, but it’s important to make the effort. The issue goes beyond just having a home that looks clean; small children need a safe, clean environment in which to live and grow. You owe it to them to do all you can to provide them with one.
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