Cleaning is a big part of the job for many domestic helpers, but what specifically should yours be doing when there are little ones around? It’s vital to ensure infants and children are protected from harmful germs and microbes. With a little bit of knowledge, and some guidance, it’s easy to ensure your helper is able to do just that. From sterilizing bottles to cleaning kitchen cupboards where you store feeding equipment, here are a few ways to help ensure hygiene in any family home.
Keep the Floor and All Surfaces Clean
Babies and toddlers spend a lot of time on the floor, so it’s vital to keep it clean. Regular vacuuming is a priority, whether your helper uses a robot-vacuum-cleaner or a standard one. For rugs, it’s well worth using a steam cleaner to make sure bacteria is killed. For hard floors, use a disinfectant solution and ask them to mop daily. In addition to floors, keep anything within grasping range of little hands hygienic by using anti-bacterial products. This is particularly recommended if they’re cleaning kitchen cupboards that sit under kitchen worktops. Cabinets are a great source of interest for little ones so make sure your helper is cleaning kitchen cupboards thoroughly, both inside and out.
Sterilize All Feeding Equipment
Feeding equipment goes into babies’ mouths so it’s important these are always completely clean. It’s not just the bottle that requires constant cleaning though, everything that comes with it does too. That means the brush, bottle holders and any sterilising equipment. Make sure your helper keeps on top of cleaning here, and keep everything sterilised and hygienic.
Washing feeding equipment is one thing, but it’s also important to be careful with how we dry and store these items. Ensure your helper lets them air dry completely before storing them to prevent any germs or even mould from growing. If she is preparing baby food in the kitchen make sure she washes utensils with detergent and warm water, and stores in the same way. And remember: by cleaning kitchen cupboards regularly she’ll be keeping your storage area hygienic and not undoing all that hard work sterilising those baby bottles.
Get Happy With Hand Washing
Another huge part of home hygiene is washing hands regularly, both your helper’s and your children’s. Be sure to talk to your helper about the importance of hand hygiene when they start. Ask her to pay close attention to things that your child picks up in their hands (soon to then go into their mouths…) and be sure to provide antibacterial wipes to use just in case.
This should give you a good idea of how to help your helper clean your home when you have a baby or child around. Put these tips into action and both of you will enjoy watching your little one grow and explore.