Here’s what Johnson suggests:
“Prepare a solution of 50 percent white vinegar and 50 percent water in a spray bottle. Spray blocks with the solution. Wipe blocks with a dry microfiber cloth. If a spray bottle is not available, mix vinegar and water in a bowl. Then immerse a microfiber cloth in the vinegar/water solution, wring out the microfiber cloth, and wipe the wooden blocks.”
“You should clean stuffed animals and more plush toys weekly or when it is visibly dirty or stained,” says Johnson. “It’s also smart to wash these when the baby has been sick to stop the spread of germs. We recommend placing stuffed animals in a pillowcase should parts come off during wash, and wash in the washing machine according to instructions on the tag. If there are none, it’s standard to wash in hot water and tumble dry on low.”
Mattress and Bedding
“Bedding should be cleaned every week, or more often should the need arise (overflow of diaper if your little sneaks into bed),” says Johnson. “First, vacuum both sides of the mattress and underneath it to scoop up any loose debris. If the baby’s mattress is waterproof, just wipe down with a baby wipe. If it isn’t waterproof, mix ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide, ¾ cup water, and ½ tsp. dish soap. Dip a microfiber cloth into the solution and wipe down the mattress. Wash all sheets and blankets.”
You should also take precautions to guard against allergens in the bedding.
“Just as in any room of the house, the number of allergens that can build up in your child's bedroom are tremendous, however they can be managed,” says Richard Ciresi, franchise owner of Aire Serv, a Neighborly Company. “In order to protect the place where they rest their heads every night, encase their pillows and mattress in a sealed tight dust-mite-proof cover. This will prevent build up. Make sure to wash their sheets at least once a week.”
InsuranceQuote’s study found that the average stroller handles contain 1,418,818 CFU, ranking them third germiest of the four objects tested.
“Typically, stroller handles are made of foam, which makes cleaning them easy,” says Leanne Stapf, VP of operations at The Cleaning Authority. “Lather up a dish rag with warm soapy water and wipe down the handle. You will need to do this frequently, as strollers can be subject to a lot of outside germs. If you want to eliminate this step, many manufactures now offer washable grip covers.”
On the go? Johnson suggests baby wipes for a quick scrub down.