A baby can change your life in more ways than one. As soon as you know the good news, the excitement kicks in. So does the anxieties, especially if you are becoming a parent for the first time. Everything you do seems to be accompanied with the thought ‘will it be harmful for the baby?’ In many cases, you don’t know exactly what to do.
As a start, you might want to know how to keep your home environment clean when expecting a baby. Well, help is here. Read on for some tips and tricks to get your home ready for your bundle of joy!
Deep Clean your Carpet
Your carpet adds to the aesthetics of your home but it also acts as a storehouse of dust and grime. So, deep cleaning your home, paying special attention to the carpet is necessary to ensure your home is ready for the baby.
Pregnancy can cause or aggravate sensitive skin conditions, so it’s important to take extra care. Having your carpets professionally steam cleaned at least once a year without using harsh chemicals or toxins will ensure underlying health conditions are at bay. By opting for natural carpet cleaning solutions, you can ensure a safe and allergy-free interior for yourself and your baby.
People tend to forget about their mattresses when cleaning their home. Mattresses offer ideal living conditions for dust mites and other allergens. Hence, it is imperative you give due attention towards cleaning it and keeping it fresh.
Change the sheets regularly as dead skin can be breeding ground for dust mites and can cause skin infections. If you can, air your mattress out in the sun for at least 3-4 hours, once or twice a year.
Couches, Bookshelves and TV Stands
Couches, bookshelves and TV stands are other areas of the home that are often ignored when it comes to cleaning. Couches need to be professionally steam cleaned and aired regularly. Just like carpets, couches provide a great breeding ground for dust mites and dirt.
It is a good idea to opt for natural cleaning solutions to clean your couch, especially when you are expecting a baby. Any covers and cushions need to be cleaned and dusted regularly too. Make sure you clean the gaps in order to completely rid your couch of grime and dust. A smaller vacuum can suction out the dust and dirt hiding in the cracks of the couch.
Likewise, dust and clean the bookshelves to avoid a build-up. If left unattended, bookshelves can attract small insects that might damage your books and your home.
TV stands can also turn into a storehouse of dust if they are not dusted regularly. Best practice is to dust daily and clean it with an organic cleaner once a week or so.
While a small cloth and organic cleaning solutions are enough to keep most surfaces dust-free, it is worthwhile investing in a longer reach duster to get into those hard-to-reach corners. As dust and allergies go hand-in-hand, it’s important to keep the home as clean as possible and free from chemicals during your pregnancy.