So, this happened.
It’s not anything new around here, and it’s not worth crying over – but it is worth a deep cleaning over. If you know me personally, you have an idea that I carry around a travel size of disinfectant spray. I have a variety of hand sanitizer that would put Baskin Robin’s selection to shame, and if there is a widespread virus that suddenly pops up, you better believe I have shoe covers and medical grade face masks for you to wear if you stop over to say “Hi”. I wasn’t so bad before we had Atlas, and I don’t think I am that “bad” now. I like to think of it as prepared. I only whipped out the blue shoe booties once, and it was for the pesticide guy who had just walked around our muddy house. He gave me a look, but hey, I got a toddler running around this house. And a wool rug I really like.
It’s not easy keeping things clean, especially when you work from home (and your husband works from home), and your toddler is in the height of exploring everything. We have have to stick to a pretty strict nightly routine to keep things acceptable around here, and hopefully our routine could be of some use to the parents out there.
Bathe the baby, then the toys. A simple solution you can do nightly/weekly/bi-weekly to keep toys (and other items that can get wet) is to make a bath for toys. It takes about five minutes for the soak, and two seconds to set up. This soy milk incident is a perfect example of a toy bath night.
Clean Toy Committee Recipe
1/2 cup Clorox Bleach of water per gallon
Let sit for five minutes
Drain and air dry
I got the recipe straight off the Clorox website, they have a few more solutions and tips, like what to do if your little catches a cold, etc. The reason I mention Clorox is because Regular-Bleach disinfects 33% more than store brands. Win.
Another thing we just got into is making our own cleaners. I found some glass bottles tinted amber and one of them I fill up at the beginning of the day 1/2 way (it’s a 16 ox bottle, but I only fill it up 8 oz with warm water) and then I add 4 tablespoons of bleach and a teaspoon of laundry detergent. It only lasts a day, but round here we go through cleaner super quickly. And if you aren’t comfortable DIYing cleaning solutions, Clorox makes one you don’t need to replenish daily.
We are finally hiring a cleaning person (crew?) to help out around here because “doing it all” all the time is leaving us a little sleepless. So Clorox toy baths and a for-hire weekly clean is my secret weapon, what’s yours?
All thoughts, opinions and stories represented in this post are my own.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Clorox. All thoughts, opinions and stories represented in this post are my own.