I’m on a roll with all things baby this week, and if you didn’t see it, check out my article Potty Training Tips and Clean Up: 3 Easy Steps. But if you’ve got some little ones who are still in diapers, or you’re expecting your first (congratulations!), this is the article for you.
New parents have a lot to think about. And sometimes cleaning can go out the window when you bring home a new family member. And that is totally OK! I’ve been there, and so has every other parent. But there are a few things you still need to stay on top of cleaning, and one of those is the baby changing table.
That great item you might have bought yourself or were gifted at a baby shower will come brand spanking new and then get so, so dirty without the proper cleaning tools, techniques, and products.
So without further ado, let’s get into how to clean a baby changing table.
Non-Toxic Cleaning Products for Babies
I can’t write an article about cleaning with young children without mentioning non-toxic cleaning products. As we all know, babies put EVERYTHING in their mouths, and I mean everything. And without the developed natural immunities that older children and adults have, it’s a lot easier for them to get sick.
This is why you want to make sure you’re cleaning anything that has fecal matter or urine (pardon my french) incredibly well. And you want to make sure you are only using non-toxic, natural cleaning products on your baby’s items.
To be extra careful, I recommend cleaning as much of your home as possible with non-toxic cleaning products and storing toxic chemicals (like bleach) high out of reach.
Baby Changing Table Quick Clean
You might find yourself in a position where you’re alone at home with the baby, and you need to change their diaper. So you start changing it, then the phone rings, which makes your baby start crying, which startles you, so you knock over your coffee, and it continues.
You’re not always going to have time to thoroughly clean the changing table. So, keep paper towels and a cleaning spray within arms reach of the changing table so you can always give it a quick wipe down right away before you attend to everything else. This will help when you do a thorough cleaning later and prevent anything icky from caking onto the changing table.
For the cleaning spray, I like to use a homemade, non-toxic version. If you’ve been following Clean My Space for a while, you’ve probably heard my recipe for my favorite all-purpose cleaner. But if not, here it is again!
- 2 cups of water
- 1 tsp of dish soap
- Add to a spray bottle and shake
This all-purpose cleaner is great for most surfaces. Keep a spray bottle on hand just for the changing table, and it will make your life a lot easier.
Deep Cleaning A Baby Changing Table
When you have time to do a thorough cleaning of your table, you’ll need a few things. I usually recommend a microfiber cloth for cleaning, but because you’ll be dealing with hazardous waste, you might want to stick with paper towel instead.
It’s also essential to do a thorough deep cleaning after your baby has a stomach bug (i.e., after any unusual vomiting or diarrhea). This will protect them from potentially getting sick again from their own germs. And will protect you and the rest of your family as well.
First, you’re going to choose your product. I like to use something a bit stronger than my DIY all-purpose cleaner for a deep clean of an item with so many potential germs. I like to pick a disinfectant when I’m dealing with any bathroom or baby changing table cleaning.
I make my own DIY disinfectant:
- 1 cup of water
- ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide
- Add to a spray bottle and shake
Please be advised that hydrogen peroxide is toxic! Only use this product when baby is out of the room.
Spray the product all over your baby changing table, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then, go back in with paper towels and wipe everything thoroughly.
Next, you’re going to rinse the whole table down thoroughly to get rid of that product. Finally, dry with paper towels or a designated microfiber cleaning cloth.
Keep Your Little Ones Healthy and Clean
Babies are so much work! But luckily, cleaning baby changing tables isn’t too labor-intensive. And if you stay on top of the cleaning, it takes no time at all. Although trust me, I realize that’s easier said than done.
I hope that my cleaning tips made your life even a tiny little bit easier, and congratulations on the new addition to your family unit!
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