As many of my readers will already know, we like to keep a tidy house. My hubby more so, in fact you could say he has a rather ‘OCD’ approach when it comes to cleaning. Yep, he loves it.
So being the clean-freaks we are, I have to say we appreciate a good antibacterial wipe or spray in our household and my hubby actually breaks out in a cold sweat if we run out of them. He has even posted a pic of me holding some Dettol wipes on Twitter, with the caption ‘hello my precious’. Yes, we’re those people. I’m sorry.
As many new parents will testify, you are bombarded with information regarding how to keep your house ‘germ free’, especially when around a new baby – as we know their delicate little tummies don’t need to be subjected to any nasty bugs.
Dummies, food and anything else your little one has chewed is often dropped on the floor, kicked under the sofa and then fished back out again …to chew some more. Your baby’s highchair is smeared in food, the nappy mat and changing station may have also been smeared with a wide range of nasties too. So what do we do? We reach for the antibacterial wipes and spray for our lives! Cleanliness (and hygiene) are so important in this early stage of a babies’ life – the last thing you want is a dirty house around something so small and susceptible to picking up germ-related bugs.
Toddlers are equally as vulnerable when it comes to infection and we have experienced this first hand, ever since our son started nursery. He has had a whole array of viruses, skin complaints and 24 hour illnesses… and I’m guessing some may have been passed via changing mats, coughs, sneezes and drool-soaked objects. All we can do is to try our best to prevent the spread of disease by ensuring a relatively structured hygiene regime is adhered to at home.
So these simple steps are what our family try to stick to:
- Wash hands thoroughly before mealtimes (Remember to rub hands together for at least 30 seconds, ensuring total coverage with lather, and not forgetting nails and thumbs)
- Wash hands thoroughly after a trip to the loo
- Wash hands thoroughly after a nappy change and wipe down changing mats using antibacterial wipes
- Before and after meals, wipe the dining table and toddler booster seat with an antibacterial wipe
- Before and after meal preparation, wipe kitchen worktop area with an antibacterial wipe The process of washing hands has suddenly become appealing to our son, since we found this new, funky ‘no contact’ hand dispenser. He finds this a fascinating little gizmo, so we have no problem with the hand-washing regime at present.
Using Dettol Hand Wash every day not only provides your skin with a delicate care and fresh fragrance, it also kills 99.9% of bacteria & removes viruses. For more information please visit this link: Dettol Handwash – Hand Hygiene What did we do before antibacterial wipes? We now have packs of these all over the house.
As mentioned above, it’s not just the changing mat which gets wiped after every use. We wipe the bathroom, kitchen and sinks – plus the wooden flooring, which is my son’s favourite place to practice writing the alphabet!. So the knowledge that these Antibacterial surface wipes kill 99.9% of bacteria & viruses, remove 90% of allergens and contain no bleach is a great reassurance for us neurotic parents. I know some of you may think that a typical family cleaning regime might be a clinical existence – almost over the top? After all, it can be argued that children should be exposed to certain germs to ensure they build up their immunity.
But trust me, my family and I have fought off enough infection during our lifetime so the reassurance that I have done my best to ensure I keep a tidy home gives me peace of mind.
Besides, wiping surfaces certainly keeps my hubby out of trouble 🙂
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*I was sent the following for purpose of this review, all views are my own; 1x Dettol Power and Pure Kitchen Trigger Spray (Oxygen Splash),1x Dettol Power and Pure Bathroom Wipes, 1x Dettol No-Touch Antibacterial Hand Wash with E45 Softness (New product) and 1x Dettol Antibacterial Surface Cleanser*