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Spring Cleaning Your Baby's Nursery

Spring cleaning is a great way to refresh and organize your home, and it's especially important in a baby nursery. Not only does it help to create a clean and healthy environment for your little one, but it also allows you to declutter and get rid of items that are no longer needed. In this article, we'll go through a list of spring cleaning tasks that will help you get your baby's nursery in tip-top shape.

mama hugging a baby in the babies nursery room, the room is light and tidy with a pretty floral swaddle hanging from the crib

Spring cleaning checklist

  • Deep clean windows 

    Deep cleaning windows is an important task that often gets overlooked. Not only does it let in more natural light, but it also helps to remove dirt, grime, and other pollutants that can build up over time. To deep clean windows, start by removing any screens or storm windows. Next, use a mixture of warm water and dish soap to clean the glass. Be sure to use a squeegee to remove any excess water and to prevent streaks.

    • Watch for any signs of mold from the moisture in rain and snow

      Mold is a common problem in damp environments, and it can be especially dangerous for babies. To prevent mold from growing in your baby's nursery, keep an eye out for any signs of moisture, such as water spots on the walls or ceiling. If you do find mold, it's important to remove it as soon as possible.

      • Dust out vents 

        Dust and debris can build up in the vents in your baby's nursery, which can reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system and contribute to indoor air pollution. To dust out vents, use a soft brush or a vacuum cleaner with a long hose attachment.

        • Clean and organize all storage areas, such as shelves and drawers, and consider donating or storing items that are no longer needed.

           Cleaning and organizing storage areas is a great way to declutter your baby's nursery and make it more functional. Take the time to go through each drawer, closet, and shelf, and remove any items that you no longer need, use or that the baby outgrew. Babies grow so fast so going through baby clothes might be a monthly task instead of just once a year. Consider donating or storing these items in a storage unit.

          • Disinfect all surfaces, including changing table, crib, and dresser.

           Disinfecting surfaces is an important task to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. Use an all-purpose cleaner and a damp cloth to clean all surfaces in your baby's nursery, including the changing table, crib, diaper pail and dresser. This way you can tackle dusting and disinfecting in one go. A microfiber cloth works wonders for locking in dusty particles. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning baby gear for the best results.

          • Wash all bedding, curtains, and other fabric items.

          Washing bedding, curtains, and other fabric items is a great way to refresh your baby's nursery. Be sure to use a gentle detergent and follow the care instructions on each item.

          • Vacuum or sweep the floor and consider shampooing carpets if necessary.

          Vacuuming or sweeping the floor is an important task that helps to remove dirt, dust, and other pollutants from your baby's nursery. If your carpets are looking a little dirty, consider shampooing them to remove any stains or odors.

          • Check and replace the filter in any humidifiers or air purifiers in the room.

          The filter in your humidifier or air purifier can become clogged with dust and debris, which can reduce its efficiency. Be sure to check the filter and replace it if necessary to keep the indoor air quality in top shape.

          • Clean and disinfect baby bottles and other feeding equipment.

          Cleaning and disinfecting baby bottles and other feeding equipment is an important task to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. Use a mild dish soap and warm water to clean the bottles, and be sure to rinse them thoroughly. You can also use a specialized baby bottle cleaner or put them in the dishwasher on the top rack. To disinfect, you can use a solution of one part white vinegar and three parts water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and air dry before using again.

          baby boy is having tummy time on a yellow orange leafy sprig baby blanket in a clean baby room

          Extra Tips

          1. Refresh the crib mattress by sprinkling on baking soda and vacuuming it up - Baking soda is a great natural deodorizer and can help to remove any smells or stains from your baby's crib mattress. Simply sprinkle a light layer of baking soda on the mattress, let it sit for a few minutes, and then vacuum it up.
          2. Check the expiration date on all baby products and discard any expired items - It's important to keep an eye on the expiration dates of all baby products, such as formula, food, and medicine, and discard any expired items. This not only helps to ensure the safety of your baby but also helps to declutter your nursery.
          3. Rotate your baby's toys - Rotating your baby's toys can help to keep them interested and engaged, and it also allows you to declutter and get rid of any toys that are no longer needed.
          4. Hang a whiteboard or calendar in the nursery - Hanging a whiteboard or calendar in the nursery can help you to keep track of important dates, such as doctor's appointments, and it can also be used to write down things like feeding and sleep schedules.

          a mama and a baby in a clean nursery, a pretty peachy pink floral blanket


          When spring cleaning a baby's nursery, safety should be a top priority. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

          • Test your smoke detectors monthly to ensure that they are working properly
          • Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors at least once a year or as recommended by the manufacturer
          • If your smoke detector is more than 10 years old, it's recommended to replace it with a newer model
          • Make sure that all electrical outlets have safety covers
          • Check all cords and wires to ensure they are not frayed or damaged
          • Make sure that all furniture is stable and secure, such as cribs, dressers, and bookshelves especially if your baby is starting to pull themselves up to stand.
          • Check that all window and door locks are working properly
          • Check for any potential choking hazards, such as small toys or small pieces that could come loose from larger items
          • Make sure that the room temperature is comfortable for a baby and that there's no drafts
          • Check for pests or bugs and take steps to eliminate them if necessary.
          • Check for mold, especially around areas that could have moisture, such as the windows, walls, and floors.

          Taking the time to check these safety items during your spring cleaning, parents can make sure that their baby's nursery is a safe and comfortable environment. If mold is found, it is recommended to hire a professional to remove it as it can be hard to eliminate completely without the right tools and knowledge. Regularly inspecting for mold and addressing it when it is found can help to keep your baby's nursery a healthy environment.

          organizing a baby nursery by stacking muslin swaddles in a wooden dresser


          By following these spring cleaning tasks, you'll be able to create a clean, healthy, and organized environment for your baby. Not only will it be a safer place for your little one to grow and thrive, but it will also make it a more pleasant space for you to spend time in. So, take the time to go through each task and make your baby's nursery a place that you'll both love.


          Non-Toxic Cleaning for a Baby's Nursery

          When it comes to spring cleaning a baby's nursery, it's important to consider the types of cleaning products being used. Traditional cleaning products can contain harsh toxic chemicals that can be harmful to both your baby and the environment. Instead, opt for non-toxic cleaning products that are made with natural ingredients and are safe for babies such as:

          • White vinegar
          • Baking soda
          • Essential oils
          • Hydrogen peroxide
          • Castile Soap

          Using Essential Oils for Cleaning

          Essential oils can be a great addition to your non-toxic cleaning routine. Use no more than 5-10 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil or cleaning solution. Avoid essential oils such as peppermint and eucalyptus in babies nursery. Be careful using them on certain surfaces such as wood or painted surfaces.

          Other non-toxic cleaning solutions that can be used for spring cleaning a baby's nursery include white vinegar and baking soda. White vinegar can be used as a natural disinfectant and deodorizer, while baking soda can be used as a gentle scrub for surfaces such as cribs and changing tables.

          By using non-toxic cleaning products for spring cleaning a baby's nursery, parents can have peace of mind that they are creating a clean and healthy environment for their little one while also being mindful of the impact on the environment.

          Fresh Air

          It's also important to remember to open the windows and let the room air out after cleaning, especially if you've been using any type of cleaning solution. Fresh air and natural light can help to dissipate any lingering cleaning smells and promote overall air quality in the nursery. In fact, letting a room air out should be a daily task, not just during spring cleaning. Make sure to open the blinds or curtains to let sunshine in, which can also help to naturally disinfect the room and boost your baby's mood and well-being.

          Deep cleaning a baby's nursery is an important task for parents to ensure a safe, healthy, and comfortable environment for their little one. A well-maintained and organized nursery can promote better sleep and overall well-being for both the baby and the parents. By using the tips and ideas listed in this article as a guide, parents can tackle the task of spring cleaning with ease and confidence by going through this extensive checklist. Whether you prefer using non-toxic cleaning products, essential oils, or a combination of both, there are many ways to keep your baby's nursery clean and fresh. Remember to open the windows and let the room air out, and to keep safety in mind as you go. With a little effort and attention to detail, parents can create a beautiful, nurturing space for their baby to grow and thrive.

          We hope you loved our cleaning tips. Make sure to check out our beautiful range of cotton muslin baby swaddles that you see featured in all the photos:)

           an organized baby room with a cute hanging shelf with pretty muslin receiving blankets on the hooks

          Frequently Asked Questions

          How often should I spring clean my baby's nursery?
          As the name suggests, It is recommended to spring clean a baby's nursery at least once a year after winter, but more frequent deep cleaning may be necessary depending on the room's usage and condition.

          What are the best non-toxic cleaning products for a baby room?
          Some of the best non-toxic cleaning products for a baby room include vinegar, baking soda, castile soap, and hydrogen peroxide.

          How can I keep my baby safe while spring cleaning their room?
          To keep your baby safe while spring cleaning their room, keep them in a safe, supervised area away from any harmful cleaning fumes, and make sure to follow safety guidelines when using cleaning products and tools.

          What are some tips for removing mold in a baby room?
          To remove mold in a baby room, first identify the source of moisture, then clean the affected area with a mixture of water and white vinegar. Repeat the process until the mold is gone and prevent future mold growth by reducing moisture in the room. Professional services are best used in situations like this.

          Is it okay to use essential oils in a baby room?
          Essential oils can be used in a baby room, but it is important to dilute them properly and use them with caution, as undiluted essential oils can be harmful to babies.Keep in mind some oils are not recommended for babies, read labels before using them in your babies room.

          How can I refresh my baby's crib mattress?
          To refresh your baby's crib mattress, sprinkle baking soda on the mattress and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Then, vacuum it up to remove any odors and freshen the mattress.  Always use a mattress cover protector to prevent urine and spit up from soiling the mattress.

          What is the most effective way to dust and clean the vents in a baby room?
          To effectively dust and clean the vents in a baby room, use a vacuum or a soft-bristled brush to remove any dust and debris, and clean the vents with a mixture of water and vinegar. It is also easy to maintain a dust free room by frequently wiping down surfaces with a baby wipe and keeping an air purifier on.

          How can I get rid of unpleasant odors in my baby's room?
          To get rid of unpleasant odors in a baby room, you can use an air purifier, open the window daily and use a mixture of water and plant based fragrances to create a natural, fragrant mist.

          What are some ways to organize and declutter a baby room?
          Some ways to organize and declutter a baby room include using storage containers, labeling items, and getting rid of any items that are no longer needed.

          How can I keep my baby's room clean and fresh on a daily basis?
          To keep your baby's room clean and fresh on a daily basis, make sure to keep it well-ventilated, use an air purifier to keep dust out, have a large laundry basket to keep dirty clothes out of sight, and let every item have it’s own labeled spot so that it is easy to tidy up daily.

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