Appropriate cleaners?

Chelsea - posted on 07/08/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My 5 month old is chewing on everything since she has teeth. I am not a germ freak, but I would like to make sure her toys, books and highchair stays germ free. Does anyone know what a good disinfectant cleaner you can use around babies or is soap and water the best way to go. Also, how do you clean those pesky fabric toys that can't go in the washer??? Ah, so many germs and so little time!



Thanks!!

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Debra - posted on 07/21/2009

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Diane - posted on 07/10/2009

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Soft toys that don't have anything in them (like ones that play music) you can put in the washer. Just put them in a laundry bag or tie them up in a pillow case. If you don't put them in a case, wash them on gentle. Then put them in the dryer on the "no heat air fluff" setting. Then if you run them on high heat for 20 minutes it will kill the germs. You can do the same for bed pillows and throw pillows.

Sue - posted on 07/09/2009

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Lara - posted on 07/09/2009

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If you put hard toys in boiling water that will kill all the germs. Then you don't have to use any chemicals. Hot water in the washing machine can kill your soft toys, or just put them in the sun all day and that will at least get rid of any dustmites.

Gabrielle - posted on 07/09/2009

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I think they disinfect, but I'd check their site if I were you. For most hard toys, I've read to just use soap and water, so that's what I do. If dishsoap is good enough to clean raw chicken off my cutting board, it's just fine for Isabelle's teething toys.

Chelsea - posted on 07/09/2009

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Do they disinfect? Or just clean? I knoe some germs are good so i am not trying to rid the house of germs but when I cut up raw chicken and stuff like that, i want something that is strong enought to clean but then safe enough to set her toys on the same counter. Make sense? Thanks for the advice!

Gabrielle - posted on 07/08/2009

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Gabrielle - posted on 07/08/2009

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I definitely do not use bleach for anything that's going into my baby's mouth--way too toxic! I do not use bleach for cleaning in general, except bathroom cleaners, and I work hard to avoid it. I mop with vinegar and water. Shaklee has great cleaners that you can use. I feel so safe using them because of their all natural ingredients that are safe enough to bathe in (not that you should!). Check out their Basic H. Buy one bottle of the stuff, then use 3 drops per bottle of water for window cleaners, a tablespoon or so (plus water) for basic cleaning, and more for the degreaser. Ingredients are on the bottle. You'll end up saving money on cleaners, using a safer product, and having less empty plastic bottles to dispose of (better for the environment). It's a win-win solution.

Nancy - posted on 07/08/2009

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I use vinegar. I don't sanitize things she drops around the house as babies need to be exposed to some germs so they don't become sickly. There are house rules like shoes stay at the door and the floor is swept and washed several times a week. My daughter is 8 months old and has had 1 cold that she got from her cousin.

Rayna - posted on 07/08/2009

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I use a tablespoon of bleach to one gallon of water. I used to work in the food industry and that is the FDA's standard recipe for sanitation water. Keep in mind: if you disinfect EVERYTHING, her immune system might not be ready to handle the outside world's germs when she does pick stuff up. I'm kind of a sanitation freak but I've had to hold back on sanitizing everything she drops and puts back into her mouth. My daughter is 13 months, now.

Rhonda - posted on 07/08/2009

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Quoting Tabatha:

clorox works really well!
i put all my boy fabric toys in the washer hot water and on delecate! i use reg soap and add some vinager! you would be amazed what vinager will clean!


jus 2 be careful bout da clorox. is very harsh chemicles. vineger is natral disinfect and very safe for da babes and da pets

Rhonda - posted on 07/08/2009

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da bes is vinegar. and lie in da sun to dry. look up on google sum vinegar clening recipe and it will show u how to claen mos thing safe for da babes.
good luck

T_cjones108 - posted on 07/08/2009

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clorox works really well!

i put all my boy fabric toys in the washer hot water and on delecate! i use reg soap and add some vinager! you would be amazed what vinager will clean!

Karrie - posted on 07/08/2009

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Clorox is a really good disinfectant for the non fabric toys. Just ad 1/4 cup to steaming hot water and let the toys soak for 20 minutes. When they are done rinse with cool water and let air dry. As long as you rinse them really well they will be fine to give to your baby. As far as the fabric toys, I just spot wash my sons with warm soapy water then scrub with clean warm water till there are no more suds. Then I let them dry. Before I give them back I lightly wet them again to make sure I got all the soap out and again set them to dry. I hope this is helpful. I am sure there are other cleaners you could use but I swear by Clorox. Three kids and I havent made any of them sick yet. Good luck.

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