Having a baby in the house means a change in lifestyle. From frequent going out and once in a blue moon cleaning to doing household chores and even cooking meals are just a few lifestyle changes. Another significant change is the improvement of the level of cleanliness at home.
An infant is at higher risk of infection because his immune system is still underdeveloped. As he gets a little bit older, he will begin to crawl and even pick up and lick anything his little hands can reach. There are chances that he may get sick from virus and bacteria especially if the toy he grabs are unsanitized. It is prudent to implement a higher level of cleanliness around the house to prevent sickness from happening.
Enumerated here are the most practical ways to keep the house sanitized especially if there is a baby around.
Implement the Habit of Hand Washing
Cliché yet true. Handwashing will always be one of the best ways to control infection and getting sick due to viruses and bacteria. It is prudent to wash the hands before and after preparing food, eating, and using the toilet. Make it a habit, too, to wash hands before and after playing with pets, carrying a baby, and caring for a sick person. Wash hands with soap and water, and use a clean towel to dry off hands.
Leave Working Shoes Outside
Aside from hands, working shoes collect not just dirt by germs as well. It is safe and hygienic to kick those shoes off at the door and use indoor slippers instead.
It isn’t rude to ask family members and even guests to remove their shoes before coming inside the house as long as you politely request for it. They would surely understand if they see you have a crawling baby at home.
Disinfect rooms frequently and wash towels, curtains, and kitchen rags regularly. Commonly touched areas like doorknobs, light switch, and refrigerator doors are possible breeding places of bacteria. Wipe them with disinfectant as you do your regular cleaning. Do not forget, too, to include computer keyboards, remote controls, and telephones.
Wash sheets and towels regularly
Dirty laundry and bed sheets contain a lot of sweat and bacteria. Wash sheets once a week and change towels at least every three days. The baby’s sheets all the more need frequent changing and washing as they are prone to all kinds of drools, leaks, and spills.
Clean kitchen counter after food preparation
Foodborne microorganisms breed in raw meat, seafood, and poultry. Examples of these harmful bacteria are Salmonella, Campylobacter, and Staphylococcus aureus. They can be killed only by adequately cooking them. However, the bacteria they left behind from cutting boards, containers, and even hands can cause cross-contamination if not washed thoroughly.
No spreading of germs
Don’t let personal items like towels and toothbrushes touch each other. Keep toothbrushes apart from one another, at least an inch to make sure bacteria do not pass from one brush to another. Same with the towels. Air dry them after use and hang them separately.
When someone enters the restroom, remind him to use the Brondell Swash 1000. Aside from helping decrease the spread of bacteria, it helps him clean himself more thoroughly, thus promoting personal hygiene.
Keep Baby’s Health Top Priority
The baby’s health is always any parent’s top priority. To ensure the baby is still in the pink of health, consider improving the level of cleanliness at your home a top priority, too.