While the official first day of spring was just over a week ago, in the northeast, the crocuses and daffodils are just beginning to poke their green shoots from the earth in search of the sun. This winter has been long, snowy, full of colds and flu bugs, and there is nothing I love more than being able to throw open my windows on the first mild spring day. Airing out one’s house is often paired with a good spring cleaning, so I thought I’d highlight five frequently overlooked spring cleaning tasks for those of you with small children:
Hang pillows for a few hours outside in the sun OR replace them if you’ve had them for two years or longer. I know many of you sun your cloth diapers to remove stains, but did you know that the sun’s ultraviolet radiation has the ability to kill pathogens?
Check your medicine cabinet and toss any expired medications. I went through our medicine cabinet before our recent move and couldn’t believe that we still had colic drops in the back of the drawer. I’m pretty sure we stopped using colic drops when Declan, now 20 months, was 4 months old. I didn’t need to look for an expiration date to know that it was time to toss them!
Rotate or flip mattresses. As often as I change D’s crib sheets, I’ve not once thought to flip or rotate his mattress.
Thoroughly clean toys. While this should be done regularly, now is a great time to take care of cleaning your kiddos’ toys. Warm water and a mild dish soap work well, as does a vinegar solution, but they also make non-toxic toy cleaning solutions (we use Dapple and Fields Organics).
|Clek: Car Seat Spring Cleaning|
Clean car seats. While car seats are likely left in cars, and not typically related to spring cleaning, now is a great time to give seats a little refresher. This one isn’t a biggie for us, as Declan doesn’t eat in the car, but even dust and dirt build up over time. I love Clek’s photo above; while I don’t think the average car seat looks like this, it is a great reminder that car seats should be cleaned regularly. Clek uses revolutionary Crypton fabric for their seats (see my review HERE), which is formulated to resist stains, odors, bacteria, and mildew — making car seat cleanups a breeze! Below are a few car seat cleaning tips from Clek:
- avoid using harsh chemical cleaning products
- avoid disassembling the seat and do not wash any straps or detachable devices in the washing machine (this can deteriorate the part and render your car seat unsafe)
- mix two cups of warm water with one teaspoon of enzyme laundry detergent for a mixture that works well on most stains
What are some spring cleaning tasks you’ve added to your routine since having children?
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