Parenthood

5 steps to a clean house for a new baby

Read more about the products we used to clean the house before baby's arrival.
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Before baby Lily arrived we wanted to make sure that her room and the rest of the house was cleaned “baby-friendly”.  It turns out that the cleaning materials we use is human use approved, but not tested for child safety. This time around we used Earthsap with all our CHUX wipes (and what-nots) to get our house in shape for the new baby.

Babies are such a nice way to start people.(Don Herold)

I know that you know how important it is to have a clean home when you bring baby back from the hospital – because they have no immunity systems yet.

Here are your 5 steps to a clean house for a new baby

  1. Get your cleaning materials ready
    Start with clean materials. Get “less chemical” with your cleaning products. Don’t rely on your housekeeper to clean everything 100% – once you see how much dirt you wipe, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
  2. Dust everything and don’t miss a corner
    I can’t tell you how many times I call my housekeeper to show her that I can see she doesn’t dust. She likes to cut corners on top of cupboards, the fridge and evening dining room table (that we never use). Also check corners… spiders love to spin their webs here.
  3. Clean the kitchen as if your life depends on it
    You will be preparing bottles in the kitchen so you might as well give it a good clean. Clean the fridge, countertop surfaces, oven and even the dishwasher.
  4. Wash all linens and baby clothes
    Do you know how many chemicals are used to keep clothes wrinkle free in shops? You will want to wash everything from burp clothes to blankets with baby washing powder.
  5. Disinfect your home – wipe everything including the light switches
    If I think of how many times people touch light switches and door handles in my house with dirty hands… I am permanently disinfecting.

Who and what is Chux?

Chux is an Australian-brand and has been on the market since 1968.

My favourite product (that I also used to wipe dry house paint from my new car’s exterior) is the Magic Eraser Spot Cleaner. This little magical cleaning buddy removes scuffs, crayon from walls and paint from cars… and you just activate it with water. It has micro-abrasives to help remove marks and grime.

The other products we use are the wipes for cleaning all those lovely doors, switches and surfaces plus scourers for the pots you can’t just chuck into the dishwasher.

Who and what is Earthsap?

If you really want to have a toxic free home, use Earthsap’s natural products.

  • Natural and without dyes and synthetic fragrances
  • Contains no Artificial preservatives, phosphates ,petrochemicals , chlorine or bleach
  • 100% biodegradable – Earthsap products will not harm your plants if you water plants with used bath/ sink water
  • Vegan and not tested on animals
  • Made in South Africa

Stockists: Wellness Warehouse, health shops nationwide, www.faithful-to-nature.co.za selected Spars and Pick n Pay stores.

I am a Johannesburg based freelance writer, social media manager - and of course share bits from my life with you on this blog. We have 2 kids through surrogacy and 3 black cats.

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