After giving your baby a bath, the next thing to do is to get that tub clean. But how do you do it?
It may seem like a tough ordeal but it’s not really as difficult as it may seem. In fact, you can get it done in no time.... And using gentle, safe cleaning tools.
So if you’re a new mom in need of tips on how to clean a baby bath tub, or you simply want the best and safest way to get the job done, this post is for you.
Check out this guide and have an easy and stress-free bath tub cleaning experience today.
How to Clean a Baby Bath Tub - The Essentials
Before you go ahead and begin cleaning, there are certain things you need to do to make sure you do it right.
First, you should prepare the materials to use and make sure these are out of your baby’s reach.
You will need the following:
1. Microfiber, soft cloths
We recommend a microfiber cloth for wiping the bathtub dry after a good cleaning. This type of cloth is absorbent, so you can be sure that there is no residue and liquid left in the tub. It is important to dry the tub well after cleaning. This will help prevent molds from building up, which can compromise your child’s health.
Keep handy at least 3 pieces of microfiber cloths. Depending on the size of the tub, 1 piece of cloth for drying may not be enough.
2. Natural Cleaning Solutions
Always go for natural, preferably organic, and non-toxic cleaners for your baby’s bathtub. Stay away from any product with harsh chemicals. Our recommendations include:
- Salt and Lemon
Yep, you can eat them and use them for cleaning, too!
Lemon contains acid that helps lift dirt and debris while disinfecting the surface gently. Simply cut the lemon (or lime) in half and sprinkle some salt on the tub. Then, use the lemon to scrub the tub. Rinse thoroughly with water afterwards.
The best thing about these two ingredients is that not only do they clean and disinfect but they make the tub smell lemon-y, too. The fresh scent is all-natural, so there’s no fear about chemicals getting into your baby’s body.
- Distilled Vinegar
This is an excellent disinfectant that’s 100% natural and non-toxic. Who knew this kitchen product can be a cleaning solution, as well??
To use vinegar for cleaning, simply grab a spray bottle and mix equal parts of the vinegar and tap water. Give the bottle a nice shake and spray directly onto the tub. Before wiping it away, allow the mixture to sit on the surface for 10 minutes. Then, you can wipe down using your microfiber cloths.
Aside from eliminating dirt, you can also count on the vinegar-water mixture to disinfect the tub while keeping it fresh and clean.
- Natural Cleaner
If you are leaning more towards something else than vinegar or lemon to clean the tub, you can always check out the supermarket for a cleaning product.
I would go to the organic and all-natural cleaning products section at the supermarket. Then, be sure to check the ingredients of each brand. Look for a fragrance-free cleaner, as well as one that has an antibacterial quality without the nasty chemicals.
A cruelty-free product is also good. Makes you feel great about making smart choices for your purchases. Plus, it’s eco-friendly, too!
Steps on How to Clean a Baby Bath Tub
The idea of cleaning your baby’s tub may make you cringe a little. After all, it’s kind of gross to think about the soap scum and dirt in that tub. And when you leave them there, these can result in bacteria and molds building up in the grooves. It’s a bad idea to clean your little one in a tub full of molds, for sure!
But think of it this way - the tub is not really THAT dirty considering there’s no poop or pee in it. Well, that is, if there’s really none. In this case, using wipes, water, and soft cloth would suffice.
To stay on the safe side, though, it is still best to use a disinfectant and a cleanser to get the tub all clean and fresh. Natural products such as vinegar and water or lemon and salt should do the trick just fine.
So here are the steps:
1. Gather all the materials for cleaning. Be sure you have them within reach, so you won’t have to keep going in and out of the bathroom to clean the tub.
2. Spray vinegar and water mixture to the tub. If you are using lemon and salt, sprinkle salt on the tub before squeezing some lemon and using this to rub the tub’s surface.
3. Rinse the tub with water. Make sure there is no residue left.
4. Wipe the inside and the outside of the tub using microfiber cloth.
5. Before putting the tub away, be sure to check if there is still moisture left. Never keep a wet tub in a closed room to prevent molds and mildew from forming.
6. Once a week, a deep cleaning is needed for maintenance of the tub. Again, check the ingredients of the cleaner you use. Stay away from products that contain harsh chemicals.
A safe and gentle cleaner would be baking soda mixed with some water. Just the right amount of water should work in forming a paste. Then, scrub the surface with your hands and let the mixture spread thinly.
Rinse the mixture well with water before drying the tub with a cloth.
Keep the Tub Clean for a Happy, Healthy Baby
At first, bathing your baby can be a little tricky because you’re still learning the ropes.
But once you have it all nailed down, it should be easy giving your little one a nice bath.
So be sure to follow these steps and guide on how to clean a baby bathtub to get this task done safely, effectively and conveniently all the time.