Top Tip for December
Posted on 13th December 2017 at 16:34
Crumbs, sticky fingers, spilled juice and unidentifiable odors: These are most definitely not a few of any parent's favorite things.
And yet, between your fifth trip to the park and a car ride to daycare, your car, and your kid's car seat accumulate all of this not-so-fun stuff.
Why It's Important
Kids' car seats are probably a lot filthier than you think. In fact, a 2014 study revealed that they have twice as many germs than an average toilet. After taking swabs from 20 cars and homes, scientists at the University of Birmingham discovered about 100 potentially dangerous bacteria and fungi on every square centimeter, compared to just 50 specimens on a toilet seat!
Dr. Anne-Marie Krachler — from the Institute of Microbiology and Infection at the University of Birmingham — told the Daily Mail that "these germs can easily spread in cars that are not cleaned often, especially if you eat in the vehicle or leave litter and food." Since a child's car seat is often around their snack crumbs and other debris, it's no wonder they get so germy.
Now that you know why it's important to keep car seats clean, learn how to pick out the right one for your child.
How to Clean Kids Car Seats
You should always first check the manufacturer's specific instructions for how to clean it (you want to be extra careful taking care of safety items like these). Some models require the fabric to be hand washed or spot-cleaned (immersing the straps in water might weaken them), while other car seat covers can endure a machine.
Once that's settled, wipe down the plastic, vinyl and metal parts with a damp cloth, avoiding the ink on the warning label. Never use bleach or other strong cleaning agents, because they can cause the material to crack (mild soap and water should generally be fine, but again, read the directions carefully).
And when you vacuum your car, make sure you shake out the floor mats — crumbs and dirt are definitely hiding underneath.
Tagged as: Cleaning Kids Car Seats
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