• Neat Tricks: A Guide to Cleaning Your Baby & Kiddie Gear

    Cleaning up and staying so can prove to be every mom’s big challenge day in and day out. We rounded up parents and experts to clue us in on the best spick-and-span solutions for the whole family.
    by Leslie Lee .
  • baby bottlesFor devoted parents, cleanliness is not just an obsession; it’s a way of life. If you have little tykes roaming around your home, there is no such thing as “too clean.” You need to make sure every speck of dust and stain is scrubbed and spotless.

    Baby bottles
    Sterilizing before every use is very important during the first three to six months. Soak the bottle immediately after your baby is done with his feeding so the formula would be easier to rinse out. When cleaning, pay special attention to the collar (that part where the cover is screwed onto the bottle), as it is often ignored but can collect bacteria over time and neglect.

    Invest in a bottle drying rack to keep your bottles and other feeding paraphernalia organized, sealed, and protected from dust and roaches.


    Car seats and strollers
    It’s best to clean and air-dry car seats and strollers outdoors and not in an enclosed space. The cleaning process can be quite complicated, so we’ve broken it down into these steps suggested by Marie Gonzales, mom to Annie, 7, and Natalie, 2.

    STEP 1: Place the seat or stroller on an old blanket in your garage or backyard. Run a vacuum cleaner all over the surface, including every tiny crevice and space. Pat off excess dust.

    STEP 2: If the seat is detachable, take it out. Scrub off accumulated dirt and food particles, and wash with gentle soap and cold water (warm or hot water might cause it to shrink). Hang the seat to dry.

    STEP 3: When dry, run the vacuum over it once again to remove dirt.

    STEP 4: Wipe the stroller tray, armrests, the bottom part, and other plastic or metal parts with a sponge, multi-purpose cleaner, and de-greaser, as these places collect.

     

    Click here to learn more about how to deal with dirt culprits.

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