Keeping a baby safe from the adverse effects of toxic cleaners is as important as keeping their room clean. This requires a bit of diligence since toxic chemicals cause more harm to babies or toddlers harder than adults because of their immune system.
Here are a few ways to disinfect a baby's room without causing them harm.
Never disinfect the baby's furniture or other items with bleach or standard disinfectants.
Disinfectants other than food grade distilled white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are laden with toxic chemicals that cause far more serious ailments than the germs they supposedly kill.
Make sure the vinegar used as disinfectant is food grade and says so on the label. Vinegar for general use is usually made petroleum which is harmful to babies.
Vinegar has been proven to kill more germs than bleach. Mix 1 part vinegar with five parts of water to clean the baby's furniture and other surfaces in the nursery. If anyone in the family has a cold or flu, wipe down these surfaces with hydrogen peroxide to kill any lingering germs. But do not mix the vinegar and peroxide together. These two liquids mixed together will neutralize the germ-killing ability of the other.
Mix one part vinegar with four parts water and add a bit of baking soda to clean and disinfect trash baskets, diaper pails, and changing tables.
Make sure to date the peroxide while purchasing it. Any peroxide more than six months old is past its prime. Use old peroxide to clean up vomit from baby's clothes.
When cleaning the baby's room with the vinegar solution, add a drop of pine or rosemary essential oil. These oils are excellent cleaners as well as deodorizers, disinfectants, and antiseptics. When you purchase essential oils, only buy organic varieties. Therapeutic and cold-pressed oils are also good options.