My urge to deep clean and purge our possessions is strong this year! I mentioned my want to declutter in my April goals and I am excited to get rid of all the extra stuff.
I'm also excited to do some deep cleaning to freshen up the house. With Lily here this year though, I want to make sure that my Spring cleaning routine is safe for her. Here are a few tips to help you in babyproofing your spring cleaning routine.
Choose the right cleaners
Many cleaners can contain potential poisons or give off fumes when used. Both of these can be toxic and incredibly dangerous. Read labels and find ones that are safer, cleaner and greener for your family. One great option for your floors? Bona free & simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner. It reduces irritants without compromising it's cleaning power. Not only that, but it is: free of dyes, free of fragrances, hypoallergenic, certified asthma and allergy friendly by the AAFA, and GREENGUARD Gold Certified. Awesome, right?
You can also try these homemade products for the rest of your home:
- Citrus Infused Vinegar Cleaner DIY
- DIY Glass Cleaner
- Easy Homemade Water Based Cleaner
- Easy Reusable Disinfecting Wipes DIY
Time Your Cleaning for When Windows Can Be Open
Even with the best products, all that cleaning can kick up some serious dust or fill the home with some strong scents. Try and time your cleaning for when windows can be open to help air out the home. Even better, time it for when your little one will be outside for a bit. It's easier and safer for everyone!
Store Your Supplies in Hard to Reach Areas
Normally when I Spring clean, it's an all out event. Bottles, brooms, mops, sponges, etc are EVERYWHERE. I do it in big bulk batches and our house is a war zone in the mean time. Not this year! My recommendation is to grab a caddy, put all of your supplies in it for one smaller area of the house, and focus on one thing at a time. When you're done, put everything away (not just on the counter for later use) and make sure it's hard to reach.
Scrub Those Floors
So I hate admitting this, but I didn't realize how dirty our floors were until Lily started nearing her crawling phase. Yikes! Be sure to deep clean your carpets, shake out and wash your rugs, and use something like Bona free & simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner to clean your hardwood floors. (Bona also has plenty for stone, tile and laminate floors as well.) Be extra careful with whatever you use for your floors as your tiny human's entire body is likely to come in contact with it at some point.
Cut Yourself Some Slack
Spring cleaning with a near toddler is not easy. And it's becoming pretty clear to me that my version of clean may need to be adjusted to clean enough in some areas. Or maybe it'll be more like Summer cleaning by the time I finish it all. Deep clean the important areas and keep the rest as tidy/clean as possible until you have the time to get to it. Enjoy the areas you clean with your little one – you'll remember that more than the fans that still need dusted ;)
I'd love to know any other suggestions you have for babyproofing your Spring cleaning!
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