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Cleaning a Nursery or Child's Bedroom Checklist

Only Mary Poppins can make a child's room clean itself. You will need disinfecting wipes, soap, and these steps.

Changing Table

  1. Check Remove the padded topper.

    If it is vinyl, wipe it down with disinfecting wipes or a cloth dampened with water and dishwashing liquid. A cloth pad can go in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with a mild detergent. Toss a disposable pad in the wastebasket and replace it with a new one.

  2. Check Wipe down all sides of the changing table.

    In addition to cleaning the table itself, wipe down lotion bottles, ointment tubes, and containers of diaper wipes using disinfecting wipes or a cloth dampened with water and dishwashing liquid.

Crib

  1. Check Wipe down a vinyl or plastic mattress cover with a cloth dampened with water and dishwashing liquid.

    Dry with a clean cloth.

  2. Check Vacuum both sides of the mattress.

    Use a brush attachment.

  3. Check Launder all the bedding.

    Wash the sheets, blankets, and bumper in water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit. (Lower temperatures will not kill dust mites, which are a leading asthma-causing allergen in children.)

  4. Check Clean railings and slats.

    Swipe with disinfecting wipes or a cloth dampened with warm water and mild dishwashing liquid.

  5. Check Wipe down the legs and the frame.

    Use disinfecting wipes or a cloth.

Diaper Pail

  1. Check Remove the diaper pail from the room.

    Clean it elsewhere to prevent germs from flying out into the clean nursery.

  2. Check Take out the liner, if you use one, and throw it away.

    If not, empty the pail into a garbage bag.

  3. Check Scrub the hinges and the joints.

    Use a toothbrush to remove any residue.

  4. Check Spray all-purpose cleaner both inside and outside to disinfect the pail.

    Wipe clean with a cloth.

Sports Gear

  1. Check Wipe down baseballs, basketballs, footballs, and soccer balls with a wet cloth and dishwashing liquid.

    Clean them outdoors so dirt isn’t tracked into the mudroom. Don’t use abrasive cleansers, which could damage the stitching, and don’t spray water directly onto the balls or rinse them under a faucet, since water could seep inside.

  2. Check Clean hockey sticks.

    Wipe down with a cloth dampened with water.

Sports Gear

  1. Check Wipe caked-on mud off bats.

    Use a cloth slightly dampened with dishwashing liquid and water. Dry thoroughly with a cloth.

Toys

  1. Check Clean a game board and plastic pieces.

    Wipe the board and plastic tokens with wrung-out disinfecting wipes. Use the same method to clean any plastic toy.

  2. Check Disinfect stuffed animals.

    Either wash on a gentle cycle in the machine or stow them in resealable plastic bags and place them in the freezer for two days. At zero degrees Fahrenheit, germs can’t survive. Let thaw.

  3. Check Soak tub toys in a bucket of water.

    Add a splash of bleach. Rinse with water.

  4. Check Wipe wooden toys with a wet cloth and dishwashing liquid.

    Dry with a cloth.

Toy Storage

  1. Check Clean a corrugated metal tub.

    Empty it, then wipe with a damp cloth and dishwashing liquid. Buff dry.

  2. Check Clean a plastic bin.

    Spray all-purpose cleaner both inside and outside an empty bin to disinfect it. Scrub the hinges with a toothbrush. Wipe clean with a cloth.

  3. Check Clean a wooden chest.

    Apply a small amount of dishwashing liquid to a damp cloth and wipe the inside and the outside. Don’t overdo the moisture, since wood can warp. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.