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Things You Need to Clean When You Have Kids
November 1, 2016 | By Tina Vila

Kids are natural-born explorers.  They learn by sense of touch. It is in this stage where they understand the meaning of words like soft, fluffy, rough, scratchy and squishy.  And while they learn everyday using their hands, it is also the fastest way to also catch those undesired germs.


You can provide a safe learning environment for your kids while they play and learn.  Make sure you clean the following things and areas that your kids have a lot of contact with.


1.       Toys


Kids just absolutely love playing with toys. While it cultivates their creativity and imagination, toys are most often found on the carpet, on the floor, on the ground and sometimes, when you’re not looking, in their mouths as well.  A thorough clean every day with a natural based cleaner would help keep germs at bay until their next playtime adventure.


 


2.       Mirrors


Fascinated by seeing their own reflections on the mirror, you’ll often find fingerprint marks, face marks, shadowy kisses on mirrors after some image play.  Keep those images crystal clear by cleaning mirrors with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and wipe off with a microfiber cloth or newspaper.       


3.       The family pet


Having pets is good for kids. In fact, it teaches them about compassion and responsibility at a young age.  But having pets may also mean that they treat pets as a fun playmate as well.  This means giving your pet a regular bath and keeping all the dog toys clean so that you don’t need to worry when your kids are playing with the family pet.


4.       The high chair, the crib, the car seat, and the stroller


Kids spend a lot of time in them.  They practically eat, drink, play and sleep in them at all times. That’s why it’s best to clean every nook and cranny to keep germs away. 


 


5.       Sofas, curtains, carpets, and pillows


Kids simply love to climb on sofas, play hide and seek behind the curtains, roll around the carpet and when they get a bit taller, engage in friendly pillow fights.  A regular cleaning of your soft furnishings will help keep germs away.


 


6.       Glass doors and windows


Ever notice how kids are such natural comics?  Oftentimes, you’ll catch them pressing their faces against glass windows and doors to make funny faces just to make you laugh.  Keep those funny faces coming, but keep those glass doors and windows clean at all times as well.


7.       Walls


When the artwork is too grand for a piece of paper, kids love to use a bigger canvas and, most of the time, these would be found on the walls.  Clean the walls but take a photo of that masterpiece before you erase them.


 


8.        Doorknobs


This is where kids are likely to encounter cross-contamination.  Disinfect often and avoid germs that cause common colds, sore eyes, and even nasty diarrhea.


 


Following these tips will keep your kids healthy as they have fun learning, and will definitely save you some trips to your family doctor.



Tina Villa is a freelance lifestyle writer and the editor of lifestyle site www.tinavilla.com where she writes about her latest beauty and fashion finds, her love for design and beautiful interiors, travelling to interesting places and discovering new gastronomic delights. She lives in the Philippines with her husband Mickey and their highly sociable basset hound named Droopy. On weekends, she and her husband enjoys going on long distance outdoor bike rides or going on impromptu out of town adventures.


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